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It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

January 28, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study shows.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and babies in developed countries, the researchers say.
“This study provides substantial evidence of a very promising and potentially cost-effective new intervention to add to present health […]

Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds

January 27, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds.
“Basically we found that people who smoke had a higher risk of their tumor coming back, of it spreading […]

Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says

January 21, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Little to no progress is being made in curtailing tobacco use in the United States, a new report from the American Lung Association contends.
The Surgeon General’s 1964 report raised the red flag about the dangers of smoking. Tobacco, however, still claims nearly 500,000 lives each year and […]

Healthy Changes May Be Easier When Partners Make Them at the Same Time

January 20, 2015

Men and women who want to stop smoking, get active and lose weight are much more likely to meet with success if their partner also adopts the same healthy habits, according to new research.

Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll

January 16, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report.
Annual health-care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a recent report in the […]

How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community

January 13, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With heart health, sometimes it takes a village.
That may be the take-home message from a new study. It found that one Maine community’s long-term focus on screening for heart risk factors, as well as helping people quit smoking, saved both money and lives.
Over four […]

Many Teens Think ‘Light Smoking’ Is Safe, Study Finds

January 12, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that “light” — or occasional — smoking isn’t harmful.
“All smoking counts,” said study lead author Stephen Amrock, a medical student in pediatrics at New York […]

‘Metabolizer Test’ Might Someday Take Guesswork Out of Quitting Smoking

January 12, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Quitting smoking is notoriously tough, and some smokers may try different approaches for years before they succeed, if ever.
But new research suggests that someday, a simple test might point smokers toward the quitting strategy that’s best for them.
It’s been long theorized that some smokers are genetically predisposed […]

Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes, Respiratory Infections

January 8, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young people’s risk of respiratory infections, whether or not it contains nicotine, a new laboratory study has found.
Lung tissue samples from deceased children appeared to suffer damage when exposed to e-cigarette vapor in the laboratory, researchers reported in a […]

Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes

January 8, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The potential health hazards of e-cigarettes remain unclear, and more regulation on their use is needed, say two groups representing cancer researchers and specialists.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) together issued a list of recommendations on Thursday aimed at […]


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