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Smokers May Be Less Likely to Vote

Posted 1 day 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – Whether it's Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton may not matter to folks who light up: A new study finds smokers are less likely to vote than nonsmokers. University of Colorado researchers conducted telephone interviews with more than 11,600 people. Of those, 17 percent were smokers. Daily smokers were 60 percent less likely to vote than nonsmokers, according to the study published recently in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. "On one hand, the result is intuitive. We know from previous research that smokers are an increasingly marginalized population, involved in fewer organizations and activities and with less interpersonal trust than nonsmokers," study author Karen Albright, an assistant professor in School of Public Health, said in a university news release. "But what our research suggests is that this marginalization may also extend beyond the ... Read more

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Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDC

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – Cigarette smoking continues to decline in about half of American states, according to the latest U.S. government estimates. But despite that good news, rates have gone up in some states. And in other states, a more worrisome trend has emerged – people using a combination of tobacco products, such as cigarettes plus smokeless tobacco, officials said. "From 2011 to 2013 although we've seen some progress for cigarette smoking overall, there hasn't been a significant change in cigarette smoking or smokeless tobacco use across many states," said Brian King, acting deputy director for research translation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health. "What is most concerning is the preponderance of dual use – people using multiple tobacco products," King said. "That's concerning because we know that dual users have a higher level ... Read more

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Smoking May Make Return of Lung Cancer More Likely

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Lung cancer survivors are at high risk for recurrence of the disease, and smoking is a major factor in that risk, a new study shows. The study included 192 lung cancer survivors in the United States who were followed for an average of more than eight years. During the follow-up period, 38 percent developed lung cancer. One of the strongest factors associated with lung cancer recurrence was smoking. For each additional pack of cigarettes smoked per year, there was a 1 percent increase in a survivor's risk of developing lung cancer again. The study was to be presented Tuesday at the American Thoracic Society annual meeting in Denver. Research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "We looked closely at risk factors that may help in predicting cancer recurrence in lung cancer survivors," study ... Read more

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Nation's Capital Named 'Fittest City' in U.S.

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – If you're a resident of Washington, D.C., congratulations – the nation's capital is also the fitness capital of the United States, according to a new report. Washington, D.C, is the fittest of the 50 largest cities in the United States, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index (AFI) rankings from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. These metropolitan areas offer residents the best outdoor exercise options and have fairly low rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking, according to experts who drew up the list. Meanwhile, Indianapolis has the dubious distinction of being named the least fit city in the United States, below Memphis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Louisville. The report's authors – including a panel of 26 health and physical activity experts – looked at U.S. ... Read more

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A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers Worldwide: Study

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people – more than 20 percent of the world's adult population – smoke, and 240 million, or almost 5 percent, suffer from alcoholism or a related disorder. The study, led by Linda Gowing, an associate professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, reveals a much larger negative impact from alcohol use than from illegal drugs. In fact, the report estimates that alcohol's impact in terms of disability is more than three times higher. "The most striking thing to emerge is how much more damage is done to society by legal drugs than illegal ones," study co-author Robert West, editor-in-chief of the journal Addiction, said in a journal news release. The study was published in the journal recently. The report found ... Read more

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Money May Convince Smokers to Quit

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Paying smokers to quit seems to work better than offering them free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, new research suggests. "Roughly 18 percent of Americans smoke regularly – a percentage that hasn't changed in more than a decade despite the proliferation of new therapies. We desperately need new interventions, and this study shows that financial incentives are likely as good, if not better, than other available interventions," said lead author Dr. Scott Halpern, an assistant professor of medicine, epidemiology, medical ethics and health policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In the study of more than 2,500 CVS Health employees across the United States, some smokers were rewarded money if they quit, while others could earn back more than their $150 deposit if they quit. However, those who put up their deposit ... Read more

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Some Smokers May Be 'Hardwired' to Succeed at Quitting

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – The brains of smokers who manage to quit may be "hardwired" for success, a new study suggests. The study included 85 smokers who underwent MRI scans of their brains one month before they tried to stop smoking. All of the participants stopped smoking and were followed for 10 weeks. During that time, 41 of them started smoking again. The researchers from Duke University School of Medicine found that those who successfully quit smoking had greater connectivity among certain brain regions than those who started smoking again. The higher level of connectivity was between the insula – the source of urges and cravings – and the somatosensory cortex, which is important for motor control and sense of touch. "Simply put, the insula is sending messages to other parts of the brain that then make the decision to pick up a cigarette or not," said study author and ... Read more

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Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty – a heart blood vessel-opening procedure – have better outcomes, a new study finds. Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers reported. "It's a no-brainer. Stopping smoking seems like a relatively easy way to increase your chances of getting the best outcomes from angioplasty," said senior author and cardiologist Dr. John Spertus, clinical director of outcomes research at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City. The researchers followed more than 2,700 adults who underwent angioplasty for either a heart attack or chest pain. One year after the procedure, 21 percent of those who quit smoking when they had angioplasty had chest pain, compared with 31 percent of those who kept smoking, and 19 percent of those who never smoked or quit smoking ... Read more

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Expectant Mothers' Lifestyle May Influence Child's Later Weight

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Children whose mothers had poor health habits during pregnancy are at increased risk for obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 5,100 children in Greece and found that they were much more likely to be obese at age 8 if their mother gained more than the recommended amount of weight, did not exercise enough, or smoked during pregnancy. On the positive side, the investigators also found that moderate exercise during pregnancy was linked to a reduced risk of childhood obesity. Although the study found an association between a mother's lifestyle habits and her child's later weight, the study was not designed to prove whether or not an expectant mother's behavior is a direct cause of a child's excess weight. The study was published online recently in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. "Pregnancy is a phase in a woman's life in which she ... Read more

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Health Tip: Facing Emotions Without Cigarettes

Posted 8 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Quitting smoking can be an emotional step, and there are ways to help you fight the temptation to resume the habit. The Smokefree.gov website recommends: Take a break from what's making you emotional or nervous. Find something to use as a distraction, such as reading a book or playing a game. Call a friend or family member to talk through what you're feeling. Get some exercise to take your mind off of your worries. Also, eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. Create a plan to help you deal with stressful, emotional situations. Set reasonable goals. Don't succumb to negative thoughts. Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can, and reward yourself for a job well done. Stop and count to 10 while breathing deeply, and let go of what's bothering you. Read more

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Canadian Teens Trying E-Cigarettes as Often as Cigarettes: Study

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 – Canadian teens are trying electronic cigarettes as often as they are experimenting with tobacco cigarettes, a new study shows. Researchers found that about 20 percent of Canadian teens have tried e-cigarettes, the same rate as those who experiment with tobacco cigarettes. "E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular among Canadians," study author David Hammond, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said in a university news release. "Now one in five youth will try vaping before graduating high school." More than 2.5 million Canadians have tried e-cigarettes, with smokers and young people accounting for the largest number of ongoing users. A similar trend is unfolding in the United States. A study by federal health officials that was published in April found e-cigarette use booming among U.S. ... Read more

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Expert Panel Unclear on Whether E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – An influential U.S. panel of experts says there's just not enough data to decide whether or not e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. For now, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral therapy and federally approved medications, such as nicotine replacement treatments, for most adults seeing to kick the smoking habit. The exception: pregnant women. For them, the task force recommends behavioral therapy alone. In any case, doctors "should ask all patients whether they smoke, and provide appropriate interventions to help smokers quit," task force member Dr. Francisco Garcia said in a statement provided by the task force. "We're fortunate that doctors and patients have a choice of many interventions that have been proven to be effective," he said. The task force, an independent panel of volunteers, makes recommendations about the prevention ... Read more

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How to Lower Your Stroke Risk

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – There are a number of ways you can reduce your risk of stroke, a neurologist says. "Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of disability," Dr. Jose Biller, chair of Illinois-based Loyola University's department of neurology, said in a university news release. "Stroke can happen to anyone at any age." Stroke risk is increased by lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, as well as certain heart conditions and mini-strokes (called "transient ischemic attacks"). When a stroke occurs, brain cells begin to die. That means it's critically important to be able to recognize the signs of stroke and call 911 immediately. "Time is brain. Prompt treatment potentially can reduce stroke damage significantly," Biller said. A system called FAST can help you recognize stroke ... Read more

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Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigarettes 'Safer' Than Regular Cigarettes

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – More than 40 percent of pregnant women surveyed think electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. What's more, only 57 percent of the women believed that e-cigarettes contain nicotine. And fewer than two-thirds of the women thought that e-cigarettes could be addictive. "This study is concerning," said Dr. Edward McCabe, medical director of the March of Dimes. E-cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices and nicotine can be addictive, McCabe said. In addition, exposing a fetus to nicotine – which can pass from the mother through the placenta – can result in low birth weight and preterm birth. "There is also strong evidence in animal experiments that nicotine alters brain development," McCabe said. He added that the U.S. Surgeon General warns pregnant women not to use nicotine in any form. Some e-cigarettes contain ... Read more

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Cigars Pose Dangers Similar to Cigarettes

Posted 24 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 – Smoking cigars carries the same risk of death as smoking cigarettes, a new review finds. "The results reinforce the fact that cigar smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking. Cigar smoking is linked to fatal oral, esophageal, pancreatic, laryngeal and lung cancers, as well as heart disease and aortic aneurysm," lead researcher Cindy Chang, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said in a news release from BMC Public Health. The findings were published recently in this journal. Chang and her colleagues found that people who only smoked cigars and didn't use other tobacco products had an increased risk of death from all causes. The risk of death from oral, esophageal and lung cancers was higher for cigar smokers, whether they inhaled the cigar smoke or not, according to the review. The review also found that cigar smokers who ... Read more

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