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Marijuana, cocaine may play role in young Americans’ rising stroke rate

2/4/19--The number of younger adults having strokes is rising. New research suggests growth in illegal drug use could be playing a role. According to a new study, although alcohol and cigarette use in the stroke victims remained stable over the two-decade study period, drug use rose dramatically, from 4.4 percent in 1993-1994 to 30.3 percent in 2015. It's necessary for doctors to increase their efforts to get young adults to understand the health consequences of using drugs. Read

Anti-tobacco efforts lead to 53 million fewer smokers worldwide

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-9-29-01-pm12/12/16--Tobacco-control programs helped 53 million people quit smoking in 88 countries between 2008 and 2014, a new study says. The researchers said that translates to more than 22 million lives saved in those countries due to the drop in smoking rates. The study authors estimated that higher cigarette taxes contributed to 7 million lives saved. Smoke-free laws helped save 5.4 million lives, the researchers said. Read