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2009-12-02 15:20:03

A new study on the smokeless tobacco product called moist snuff "” placed between lip and gum "” has led scientists in Minnesota to urge the tobacco industry to change manufacturing practices to reduce snuff's content of carcinogens. Their study is published online in ACS' monthly journal Chemical Research in Toxicology. It reports that this category of tobacco products contains surprisingly high levels of certain toxic and cancer-causing substances. Called polycyclic aromatic...

2009-10-30 12:38:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) praised Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) for his endorsement of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009. Thompson joins Representatives Michael Honda (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in strengthening California's Congressional support for this critically needed legislation. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081016/LCALOGO) The Senate version of the Lung Cancer...

2009-10-28 15:18:59

A new report from an American Cancer Society (ACS) scientific advisory subcommittee on cancer and the environment says exposure to carcinogens should be minimized or eliminated whenever feasible, and calls for new strategies to more effectively and efficiently screen the large number of chemicals to which the public is exposed. The report was created as part of an initiative to address ongoing and emerging issues related to environmental pollutants and cancer, and to articulate the American...

2009-10-21 13:31:11

Finding by UCI scientists could help prevent liver cancer A toxin produced by mold on nuts and grains can cause liver cancer if consumed in large quantities. UC Irvine researchers for the first time have discovered what triggers the toxin to form, which could lead to methods of limiting its production. Because of lax or nonexistent regulation, 4.5 billion people in developing countries are chronically exposed to vast amounts of this toxin, called aflatoxin "“ often hundreds of times...

2009-10-21 10:12:00

DETROIT, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), will launch a targeted health initiative in January 2010 focused on environmentally-associated cancers. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071106/KARMANOSLOGO ) By the end of this year, according to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 1,479,350 new cases of cancer will be reported in this country. According to...

2009-09-08 07:17:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wellstone Filters Sciences, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: WFLR) the leading reduced-risk cigarette filter technology company lauds a recent lawsuit filed by Reynolds American and Lorillard challenging new FDA legislation in Federal Court. The lawsuit challenges various provisions of a recent bill that radically expands the FDA's authority to regulate cigarettes and cigarette substitutes, including alternative technologies such as Reduced...

2009-08-17 13:13:35

Snuff and chewing tobacco are not safer because they don't burn and produce inhalable smoke like cigarettes, U.S. researchers said. Study leader Irina Stepanov, a chemist with Masonic Cancer Center at University of Minnesota, said the study adds to existing evidence smokeless tobacco contains two dozen other carcinogens that cause oral and pancreatic cancers. This study once again clearly shows us that smokeless tobacco is not safe, Stepanov said in a statement. Our finding places snuff on...

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2009-08-16 09:54:16

Attention all smokeless tobacco users! It's time to banish the comforting notion that snuff and chewing tobacco are safe because they don't burn and produce inhalable smoke like cigarettes. A study that looked beyond the well-researched tobacco hazards, nitrosamines and nicotine, has discovered a single pinch "“"“ the amount in a portion "“"“ of smokeless tobacco exposes the user to the same amount of another group of dangerous chemicals as the smoke of five...

2009-08-13 08:15:33

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people not to eat Pidy-brand Pur Mamba peanut butter because it might be contaminated with aflatoxin. The CFIA said the product, made in Haiti, is sold in one-pound plastic containers and was distributed in Quebec. Aflatoxins are a group of toxic compounds produced by certain strains of fungi, officials said. It is a human carcinogen. Consumption of products containing aflatoxin can lead to serious health consequences including liver damage and...

2009-08-03 05:00:00

COLLEYVILLE, Texas, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The study by the FDA released July 22, 2009 may actually prove what e-cigarette aficionados have been shouting on the rooftops from day one: that electronic cigarettes are actually much safer than tobacco cigarettes. Within the last year at least three independent labs have given the green light to electronic cigarettes and the FDA pretends they do not exist. In the recent FDA study, trace amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines and tobacco...


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