Most teens who try to quit smoking fail

Tweet Despite not smoking for very long, many U.S. adolescents who smoke and try to quit are unsuccessful, federal health officials said. The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that interventions that prevent initiation and increase quitting should be fully implemented to lower the prevalence of smoking among youth. Sixty-one percent of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to qu ... Jump to full article >>

Current Trends Smoking and Cancer

Tweet The Department of Health and Human Service’s (DHHS) 1982 report to Congress on the health consequences of smoking presents a comprehensive evaluation of the relationship between cigarette smoking and cancer. It identifies cigarette smoking as the major single cause of cancer mortality in the United States (1). Since 1937 cancer has been the second most frequent cause of death in the United States and will account for an estimated 430, ... Jump to full article >>

Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults’ Diabetes Risk

Tweet As population ages, even small changes affect incidence, study finds Numerous lifestyle factors affect older adults’ risk of diabetes, a new study finds. U.S. researchers analyzed the link between lifestyle and incidence of diabetes over 10 years in 4,883 men and women aged 65 and older. The lifestyle factors examined included physical activity, dietary habits, tobacco and alcohol use, and amount of body fat. The study authors found t ... Jump to full article >>

Health Tip: Smoking and the Musculoskeletal System

Tweet Those puffs affect more than your lungs (HealthDay News) — Damage to the lungs is one of the first things people think about when it comes to the health detriments of smoking. But smoking can affect much of your body, right down to your bones and muscles. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says smoking can have the following effects on the musculoskeletal system: * Increases risk of osteoporosis. * Reduces bone densi ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking – even second-hand – increases breast cancer risk

Tweet Young women who smoke – as well as those who are routinely exposed to second-hand smoke – face a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life, according to a new study. “Individual women have, on average, a one-in-seven chance of developing breast cancer. If they smoke, they will increase that risk to one-in-four or one-in-five,” Anthony Miller, associate director of the Dalla Lana School of Pu ... Jump to full article >>

MicroRNA May Link Smoking Risk Gene To Neurobiology Of Addiction

Tweet During the past several years, significant progress has been made in identifying susceptibility genes for nicotine dependence through genetic linkage and association analyses. Although a large number of genes have been associated with tobacco smoking, only a very limited number of genetic variants are considered to be causative. How to find these functional variants and then characterize them remains challenging in the field of human geneti ... Jump to full article >>

Massive decline in rates of coronary death in Iceland are largely attributed to risk factor reductions in the population

Tweet Decline attributable to lower levels of cholesterol (36%), blood pressure (26%), and reduced smoking (20%). In the 25 years between 1981 and 2006 mortality rates from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Iceland decreased by a remarkable 80% in men and women aged between 25 and 74 years. How could such a huge decline be explained? Were the health services of Iceland so much better, or were its citizens reducing their risks? To find out Dr Thor A ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarettes

Tweet Not all cigarettes are the same. Smokers around the world prefer many different tastes and strengths and our companies aim for excellence in every step of manufacturing. Cigarette design is more complicated than it may seem. Our companies work to understand the preferences of adult consumers and to design cigarettes to meet them. It’s the preferences of adult consumers that guide our tobacco blends – the mix of tobaccos that ... Jump to full article >>

Bill aims to ban free samples of tobacco

Tweet Free samples of non-cigarette tobacco products could not be distributed under a bill that has passed the Oregon House. House Bill 2358, which moved to the Senate on a 49-11 vote, was sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Tomei, D-Milwaukie, and Mike Schaufler, D-Happy Valley. The bill does not cover cigarettes, which are regulated by the federal government. Smokeless tobacco that is flavored and presented in colorful packaging is often marketed to you ... Jump to full article >>

Keep the Disease Fighters Focused

Tweet Yesterday, the front page of my morning newspaper featured a photograph of uniformed Mexican police officers, machine guns at the ready, surgical masks strapped to their faces, seemingly prepared to defend their compatriots against the sudden outbreak of swine flu. I live in Warsaw, which is pretty far from Mexico City. But even if I lived in Paris, my morning paper would have contained similar pictures; so would it have done if I lived in ... Jump to full article >>