Smokers Could Be More Prone to Schizophrenia

Tweet Smoking alters the impact of a schizophrenia risk gene. Scientists from the universities of Zurich and Cologne demonstrate that healthy people who carry this risk gene and smoke process acoustic stimuli in a similarly deficient way as patients with schizophrenia. Furthermore, the impact is all the stronger the more the person smokes. Schizophrenia has long been known to be hereditary. However, as a melting pot of disorders with different ge ... Jump to full article >>

More homes are now smoke-free thanks to cigarette ban

Tweet It seems like a long time ago now, but when the 2004 smoking ban in public places was first proposed, one of the fiercest arguments against it was that more people would resort to lighting up at home. Anti-ban campaigners warned this would lead to children in particular being exposed to more harmful second-hand smoke. But a new study has confirmed what many of us suspected — the ban has prompted people to smoke less in the home. The a ... Jump to full article >>

Health campaigns decrease number of Asian smokers

Tweet In efforts to reduce the smoking population, the New York City Health Department launched the annual Nicotine Patch and Gum Program last week. This year, it will step up its appeal to Asian smokers by creating graphic ads in Chinese and offering a membership to Chinese speakers who call 311 to help them quit smoking. Read this article in WSN Chrome According to NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, almost every demographic has shown ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking ban bill passes House

Tweet INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House voted Thursday night to approve the statewide smoking ban bill, setting up a vote today in the state Senate on whether the restrictions will be on their way to becoming law. The House voted 60-33 in favor of the bill, despite opposition from health advocates who argue the proposal is too weak because it includes an exemption for bars and taverns. Senate supporters of the bill were uncertain whethe ... Jump to full article >>