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    You Ask. We Answer.  1-800-LUNGUSA  (1-800-586-4872)

    Talk to our experts at the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine and Tobacco QuitLine. Our service is free and we are here to help you.

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    Experienced and knowledgeable registered nurses, registered and certified respiratory therapists, a pharmacist and counselors who have certifications including Tobacco Treatment Specialist, COPD Educator, Asthma Educator and Oncology Patient Navigator are ready to assist with your lung health questions. We also have bilingual Spanish speaking staff along with a live language interpretation service for over 250 languages.

    Common Questions and Topics

    Our counselors have a wide-range of experience in the healthcare industry, and it's our mission to provide thorough answers to all of your lung-health related questions. Here are a few examples of concerns we are often asked about:

    • Quitting smoking and tobacco
    • Managing asthma and allergies
    • Financial aid and medical equipment
    • Oxygen therapy
    • Dealing with secondhand smoke
    • Air quality issues
    • Alpha 1 and emphysema
    • Lung diseases such as COPD, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and tuberculosis
     
     
    Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Services  For a confidential assessment, call 732 837 9416 or quitcenter@rwjbh.org  Open to all ages in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Mercer, Union and Essex Counties.
     
     
    Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Infographic  click link for information
     
     2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey Finds click link for information
     
    Nicotine and vaping resource information  for parents and guardians
    The Body's Response to Nicotine  (click link for information)
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NIH Publication No. 18-DA-8052 Printed July 2018
     
    The Real Cost of Nicotine  Tobacco Basics-click for interactive information
     
    The Real Cost of Nicotine  Effects-click for interactive information
     
    The Real Cost of Nicotine  Taking Control-click for interactive information  benefits of NOT smoking
     
     
     
     
    NEW CASACOLUMBIA® REPORT REVEALS NICOTINE IS NOT A HARMLESS DRUG 
    Nicotine Linked to Increased Risk of Substance Use and Addiction, 
    Especially in Young People
     
    NEW YORK, N.Y., October 22, 2015 - A new report released today by CASAColumbia reveals that alternative, non-combustible products that contain nicotine, but not tobacco, are not harmless, particularly for young people. Nicotine remains one of the most addictive and potent substances, regardless of whether it is delivered through a combustible cigarette, electronic cigarette, vape pen, hookah pipe or cigar.
     
    The reportUnderstanding and Addressing Nicotine Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Policy and Practice, demonstrates that electronic cigarettes and other nicotine products are increasingly being used by young people, many of whom have never smoked traditional cigarettes and who have expressed no interest in doing so. It also shows that there is no evidence of nicotine's safety in young people, but there is evidence that its use is associated with an increased risk of other substance use and addiction.  
     
    "It is alarming that e-cigarette use has seen a three-fold increase over one year among middle and high school students," said Samuel A. Ball, PhD, President and CEO of CASAColumbia. "This report highlights that these products are not safe for young people. E-cigarettes and other devices that contain nicotine promote dependence on one of the most addictive and easily available drugs. Exotic flavors can attract young people to vaping, and the added chemicals in the flavors may be harmful when inhaled."
     
    The authors of the report call upon policymakers to take action on nicotine product regulation and to fund more research on the health and safety of nicotine products. Although electronic cigarettes may be safer for those with nicotine addiction who have been unsuccessful in quitting cigarette smoking, these products have not been proven safe. Unlike FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy, which is a safe and potentially effective smoking cessation method in adults, there is no strong evidence that electronic cigarettes and similar products are effective smoking cessation aids. There is some evidence that they might actually perpetuate cigarette smoking. Research shows that these products frequently are used in conjunction with cigarettes, rather than as a substitute for cigarettes, which increases the user's exposure to nicotine.
     
    "Our findings show that a science-based approach to the regulation of all nicotine-containing products is required," said Linda Richter, PhD, Director of Policy Research and Analysis at CASAColumbia and the report's lead author. "It's time for the FDA, as well as state and local governments, to act to protect young people from the harms of nicotine and other addictive substances. That non-cigarette nicotine products are safer than cigarettes is not in dispute. But if we wait for all the evidence regarding their long-term harms and benefits to come in before we act, countless young people will get hooked on nicotine, a highly addictive drug."
     
    Highlights of the report include:
    • Evidence regarding the prevalence of nicotine use and addiction
    • The effects of nicotine on the brain and body
    • Risk factors for nicotine addiction and the groups most at risk
    • Current prevention and treatment efforts and the implications of this research for policymakers and health care providers 
    The report is available for download at no cost and can be found on our website at:http://www.casacolumbia.org/addiction-research/reports
     
    About CASAColumbia
    CASAColumbia is a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. Founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., our interdisciplinary experts collaborate with others to promote effective policies and practices. We conduct and synthesize research, inform and guide the public, evaluate and improve health care, and analyze and recommend policies on substance use and addiction. For more information, visitwww.CASAColumbia.org.
     
    NEW CASACOLUMBIA® REPORT REVEALS NICOTINE IS NOT A HARMLESS DRUG 
    Nicotine Linked to Increased Risk of Substance Use and Addiction, 
    Especially in Young People
     
    NEW YORK, N.Y.October 22, 2015 - A new report released today by CASAColumbia reveals that alternative, non-combustible products that contain nicotine, but not tobacco, are not harmless, particularly for young people. Nicotine remains one of the most addictive and potent substances, regardless of whether it is delivered through a combustible cigarette, electronicigarette, vape pen, hookah pipe or cigar.
     
    The reportUnderstanding and Addressing Nicotine Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Policy and Practice, demonstrates that electronic cigarettes and other nicotine products are increasingly being used by young people, many of whom have never smoked traditional cigarettes and who have expressed no interest in doing so. It also shows that there is no evidence of nicotine's safety in young people, but there is evidence that its use is associated with an increased risk of other substance use and addiction.  
     
    "It is alarming that e-cigarette use has seen a three-fold increase over one year among middle and high school students," said Samuel A. Ball, PhD, President and CEO of CASAColumbia. "This report highlights that these products are not safe for young people. E-cigarettes and other devices that contain nicotine promote dependence on one of the most addictive and easily available drugs. Exotic flavors can attract young people to vaping, and the added chemicals in the flavors may be harmful when inhaled."
     
    The authors of the report call upon policymakers to take action on nicotine product regulation and to fund more research on the health and safety of nicotine products. Although electronic cigarettes may be safer for those with nicotine addiction who have been unsuccessful in quitting cigarette smoking, these products have not been proven safe. Unlike FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy, which is a safe and potentially effective smoking cessation method in adults, there is no strong evidence that electronic cigarettes and similar products are effective smoking cessation aids. There is some evidence that they might actually perpetuate cigarette smoking. Research shows that these products frequently are used in conjunction with cigarettes, rather than as a substitute for cigarettes, which increases the user's exposure to nicotine.
     
    "Our findings show that a science-based approach to the regulation of all nicotine-containing products is required," said Linda Richter, PhD, Director of Policy Research and Analysis at CASAColumbia and the report's lead author. "It's time for the FDA, as well as state and local governments, to act to protect young people from the harms of nicotine and other addictive substances. That non-cigarette nicotine products are safer than cigarettes is not in dispute. But if we wait for all the evidence regarding their long-term harms and benefits to come in before we act, countless young people will get hooked on nicotine, a highly addictive drug."
     
    Highlights of the report include:
    • Evidence regarding the prevalence of nicotine use and addiction
    • The effects of nicotine on the brain and body
    • Risk factors for nicotine addiction and the groups most at risk
    • Current prevention and treatment efforts and the implications of this research for policymakers and health care providers 
    The report is available for download at no cost and can be found on our website at:http://www.casacolumbia.org/addiction-research/reports
     
    About CASAColumbia
    CASAColumbia is a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. Founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., our interdisciplinary experts collaborate with others to promote effective policies and practices. We conduct and synthesize research, inform and guide the public, evaluate and improve health care, and analyze and recommend policies on substance use and addiction. For more information, visitwww.CASAColumbia.org.