Researchers need access to multiple strains of marijuana in order to find out about its potential benefits or harms, but current legislation makes that extremely difficult. As states move ahead with recreational legalization, access is more critical than ever.
Smoking by either parent helps promote genetic deletions in children that are associated with the development and progression of the most common type of childhood cancer, according to research headed by UCSF.
One minute of exposure to second-hand smoke from marijuana diminishes blood vessel function to the same extent as tobacco, but the harmful cardiovascular effects last three times longer, according to a new study in rats led by UCSF researchers.
Approximately 50 percent of current and ex-smokers with normal lung function have chronic breathing symptoms and flare-ups that are similar to patients with a disease that is the nation’s third most common killer, according to a multisite study led by UCSF.
A new national analysis by UCSF of health care expenditures associated with smoking estimates that a 10 percent decline in smoking in the U.S. would be followed a year later by an estimated $63 billion reduction in total national health care costs.
Pending ballot proposals to legalize retail marijuana in California could lead to the development of a powerful new industry that could thwart public health measures for the sake of building revenues, according to a policy analysis by researchers at UCSF.
Documenting that it’s never too late to quit smoking, a large study of breast cancer survivors has found that those who quit smoking after their diagnosis had a 33% lower risk of death as a result of breast cancer than those who continued to smoke.
Electronic cigarettes are widely promoted and used to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a new analysis from UCSF found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 percent less likely to stop smoking cigarettes.
Two decades after a UCSF researcher proposed that reducing nicotine in cigarettes as a national regulatory policy might facilitate quitting, a new study he co-authored has added to a body of evidence that indicates that doing just that may accomplish this goal.