Smoking

Billionaires give 500 million dollars to anti-smoking campaign

Billionaires give 500 million dollars to anti-smoking campaign New York  - Billionaires Bill Gates and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans on Wednesday to donate 500 million dollars to the worldwide campaign to stop people from smoking.


Smokers suffer more chronic back pain

Washington, July 2: Smokers suffer more chronic back pain, according to a new study.

In 2003, the Robert Koch Institute interviewed more than 8000 private persons in the course of a telephone health survey, which included questions on social and demographic themes, as well as health and life style. 

On the basis of the collected data, Monique Zimmermann-Stenzel and her colleagues examined whether there was link between smoking and chronic back pain. 


Smoking causes more deaths than previously thought

Smoking causes more deaths than previously thoughtLondon, June 22 : A new study, led by experts at Glasgow University, has revealed that smoking causes hundreds of thousands more deaths each year than previously thought.

The study showed increased risk of dying from cancers of the colon, rectum and prostate, as well as from lymphatic leukaemia.


Study finds no gender difference in smoking-related lung cancer risk

Study finds no gender difference in smoking-related lung cancer riskLondon, June 14 : Women who smoke are not at a greater risk of developing lung cancer than male smokers, according to a new research.

While lung cancer likelihood of women has long been debated, the study, conducted by the National Cancer Institute involving 450,000 people did not find any gender based difference, as far as lung cancer development in smokers is concerned.


Smoking, obesity may lead to hearing loss

Washington, June 11 : A new study has found that obesity and smoking could be linked to permanent loss of hearing.

However, the study, led by Erik Fransen in Professor Guy Van Camp's research team at the University of Antwerp, also showed that alcohol has a protective effect.

The study found that smoking, being over-weight and occupational noise are risk factors in the most common type of hearing loss.

In contrast, moderate alcohol consumption (at least one drink a week) was seen to have a protective effect.


Smoking causes memory loss in middle-aged people

Smoking causes memory loss in middle-aged peopleWashington, June 10 : Middle-aged smokers are more prone to memory loss than non-smokers, says a new study by researchers at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Villejuif, France.

A recent meta-analysis concluded that smoking is a risk factor for dementia, according to background information in the article.


Smoking pot shrinks your brain, study says

Sydney  - Research in Australia has poked a hole in the common view that smoking marijuana is a harmless activity.

Years of heavy use of a substance derived from the cannabis plant can shrink important parts of the brain by 12 per cent, Melbourne University researchers said Tuesday.

Brain scans of 15 men who smoked at least five marijuana joints a day for at least 20 years showed their hippocampus was 12 per cent smaller and the amygdala was 7 per cent smaller than in a control group of 16 men who didn't smoke marijuana.


Number of smoking New Zealanders at record low

Number of smoking New Zealanders at record lowWellington  - The number of New Zealanders who smoke daily has fallen to a record low of 18.7 per cent of the population aged 15 and over, according to official figures released Friday.

The rate is down from more than 25 per cent a decade ago and 23.4 per cent in 2003 and is the lowest since the Health Ministry began monitoring tobacco use in the 1970s.


Smokers stick together when kicking the butt

Smokers stick together when kicking the buttWashington, May 22 : A new study has found that when smokers quit the habit, odds are that the health triumph doesn't occur in isolation.

Instead, the decision to quit smoking is often influenced by social networks, with entire clusters of spouses, friends, siblings and co-workers giving up the habit roughly in tandem.


Restaurant smoking bans cut teens’ chances of becoming habitual smokers

Restaurant smoking bans cut teens’ chances of becoming habitual smokersLondon, May 12 : Banning smoking in restaurants may not only be good for public health, but also helpful in preventing teens from becoming habitual smokers.

This has been deduction from the analysis of a recent survey of 3834 Massachusetts youths, conducted in 2001 by Boston University researchers.


Average Aussie smoker spends $300,000 in a lifetime on cigarettes

Average Aussie smoker spends $300,000 in a lifetime on cigarettesMelbourne, May 8 : The average Aussie smoker spends a whopping 300,000 dollars in his or her lifetime on cigarettes.

And, smoking an average 20 cigs a day means that a smoker will have puffed his way through 400,000 cigarettes by the age of 65, and 500,000 cigarettes by the time he dies.


Beijing imposes smoking ban ahead of Olympics

Beijing imposes smoking ban ahead of OlympicsBeijing  - Beijing's ban on smoking in public areas, part of the city's pledge to hold a smoke-free Olympics, went into effect Thursday.

Smoking will not be allowed in schools, hospitals and government offices. The ban applies to all Olympic venues including indoor and outdoor stadiums At hotels, restaurants, parks and bars are required to provide smoking and no-smoking areas.


Austrian government agrees on smoking bans by 2009

No SmokingVienna  - After months of intra-coalition wrangling, Austria's government on Wednesday agreed on introducing smoking bans in cafes and restaurants by January 1, 2009.

Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer said the compromise found between Social Democrats and the conservative People's Party was a "step in the right direction."


Hookahs just as harmful as cigarettes

SmokingCologne - Water pipes or hookahs are just as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes, according to Germany's Federal Centre for Health Education.

Smoke produced by a hookah contains several poisonous substances.

Hookah tobacco is often mixed with sugar or syrup, which when burned, releases substances that are carcinogenic or aggravate the air passages.


Recalcitrant Bavarians fight pub smoking ban

Recalcitrant Bavarians fight pub smoking banMunich  - Bavaria's anti-smoking legislation was intended as the toughest in all of Germany when it was introduced at the beginning of the year, but putting it into effect has produced paradoxical results.

Pubs across the country's largest state have sidestepped the law by reconstituting themselves as "smokers' clubs."


Smoking encourages infections

SmokingWashington, Apr 15: Smoking is a health hazard known to all. But if you’re still not able to kick the habit, here’s another reason why you should – smoking encourages infection, says a new study.

According to a new study, nicotine affects neutrophils, the short-lived white blood cells that defend against infection, by reducing their ability to seek and destroy bacteria.


Smoking doesn't make girls skinny but does make boys short

SmokingSydney, Mar 26: Busting a myth around smoking a new study has revealed that while smoking doesn't make girls skinny, it does hinder growth in their teenage male counterparts.

Canadian researchers examined 1,250 youngsters from age 12 to17 and compared smokers to the non-smokers every three months.

The findings revealed that teenage girls whom smoke do not loose weight and had similar height and body mass index (BMI).

The study also found that teenage boys were likely to be shorter by 2.54 centimetres than those who do not smoke.


Smoking may cloud your financial judgements

Smoking may cloud your financial judgementsLondon, March 13: Cigarette smokers were found to show reluctance to accepting better financial suggestions in a brain scan study conducted by American researchers.

Pearl Chiu of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, likens this behaviour to the dodgy decision-making that makes smokers form the habit of smoking despite knowing its harmful effects.


Quit smoking during pregnant to get an easy-going baby

Quit smoking during pregnant to get an easy-going babyLondon, Mar 13: A new study has indicated that women who stop smoking during pregnancy have a greater chance of giving birth to an easy-going child.

For the study, researchers used data from the Millennium Cohort Study, which followed over 18,000 UK babies born between 2000 and 2002, reports BMJ.


Magnesium may cut male smokers' stroke risk

Magnesium may cut male smokers' stroke riskWashington, Mar 11: Magnesium may help lower risk for cerebral infarction, a type of stroke, in male smokers, says a new study.

This kind of stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked.


Smoking won’t make you happy

Smoking won’t make you happyWashington, Mar 7: If you think that fagging gives pleasure, think again, for according to a new research smokers experience lower average levels of happiness and life satisfaction when compared to non-smokers.

Extensive research carried out by Dr Iain Lang at the Peninsula Medical School examined the relationship between smoking and psychological well-being.


Smoking is major predictor of stroke in China

Smoking is major predictor of stroke in ChinaWashington, Mar 7: A new report has revealed that smoking is a major risk factor for stroke in China, accounting for about one in seven strokes in men.

Previous studies in western populations have shown that smoking is a major and independent risk factor for stroke.

However, the link between smoking and stroke hasn’t been well studied in Asian populations.


Smoking increases brain blood vessel bursting risk in high BP patients

Smoking increases brain blood vessel bursting risk in high BP patientsWashington, Mar 7: People with high blood pressure face an increased risk of intracerebral stroke i. e. a blood vessel bursting inside the brain. Now, researchers have found that smoking may worsen this risk.


Kids at risk from secondhand smoke worldwide

SmokingWashington, Mar 6: It’s well known that secondhand smoke increases the risk for numerous illnesses and premature death. However, a new study has found that parents the world over are doing very little to protect their kids from such an exposure to it.

The household study was conducted in 31 countries by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who found that 82 percent of parents who smoked reported doing so around their children.


Second ingredient in cigarette smoke that delays bone healing identified

Washington, March 4: Cigarette SmokeUS researchers have identified a second ingredient in cigarette smoke that delays bone healing after fractures.

A team of experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center had earlier shown in a 2005 study that nicotine delays bone growth by influencing gene expression in the two-step bone healing process—first, when stem cells become cartilage; secondly, when cartilage matures into bone.


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