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How understanding neighborhoods can help reduce tobacco use

Jan 4, 2022

A Penn State researcher testing a new way to assess tobacco use with a neighborhood mapping platform and in-person interviews has found that community engagement is key to addressing risky health behaviors.  Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United…

E-cigarettes with cigarette-like nicotine delivery reduce exposure to carcinogen

Apr 13, 2021

E-cigarettes that deliver a cigarette-like amount of nicotine are associated with reduced smoking and reduced exposure to a major cancer-causing chemical, or carcinogen, in tobacco even with concurrent smoking, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and…

Infants exposed to second-hand smoke may develop behavior problems later in life

Feb 1, 2021

When parents think of baby-proofing, they may think of baby gates and outlet covers, but there might be something less obvious to consider: whether previous occupants of their home were smokers. According to a National Institutes of Health-funded study by researchers at Penn State and the…

Device helps deliver electronic cigarette vapors for research

Mar 5, 2020

The increased use of electronic cigarettes and vaping products has increased the need to better understand how and if addiction to these products is different than in traditional cigarettes. One way to objectively measure addictive potential is through changes in the brain, but researchers say a…
News Topics: SmokingVapingCTSI

Eliminating Smoking and Obesity Could Shrink U.S. Health Disparities, But Where People Live Matters Too

Dec 18, 2019

Smoking and obesity are the two leading causes of preventable death, disability, and chronic disease in the United States. New research shows that eliminating them could go a long way in reducing racial health gaps. But location also plays a key role in health disparities, with neighborhood setting…
News Topics: SmokingObesity

Smoking may impair body's blood pressure autocorrect system

Jun 14, 2019

Smokers may be at a higher risk for developing hypertension, and an overactive response to normal drops in blood pressure may help explain why, according to researchers. "The human body has a buffering system that continuously monitors and maintains a healthy blood pressure," said Dr. Lawrence…

First annual conference to address substance misuse held at Penn State

May 3, 2019

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a full-fledged, substance misuse epidemic, with one out of every four families encountering this issue. Penn State is combating the crisis by drawing upon the expertise of researchers, educators, practitioners and policymakers, who gathered recently for the…

Eliminating smoking and obesity could affect racial health disparities

Mar 12, 2019

Obesity and smoking are the two leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., yet their full impact on health disparities is still being uncovered. Michelle Frisco, associate professor of sociology and demography and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member at Penn State, is…

Gatzke-Kopp's research featured in publications

Dec 18, 2018

SSRI co-funded faculty member Lisa Gatzke-Kopp's research into second- and third-hand smoke and its effects on infants and toddlers was recently featured in the The Philadelphia Inquirier and republished in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her work was also feature in Consumer Affairs.

Low-Income, Rural Kids at Higher Risk for Second- or Third-Hand Smoke Exposure

Dec 6, 2018

Infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported, according to new Penn State-led research. As many as 15 percent of children tested had levels of cotinine, a byproduct formed when the body breaks down nicotine,…

Smokers may opt for lower nicotine cigarettes if offered at lower prices

Oct 12, 2018

Reducing nicotine intake, a step towards helping smokers reduce — or break — the habit, can be influenced by the price and availability of reduced-nicotine cigarettes, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers found that smokers were more likely to choose lower-cost, lower-nicotine…
News Topics: SmokingAddiction