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National Smoking Bans Help Everyone, Especially Nonsmokers: Study

February 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — National smoking bans appear to be reducing the health harms caused by secondhand smoke, especially heart disease.
That’s the finding of researchers who reviewed 77 studies in 21 countries, including the United States and Canada.
In countries with smoking bans, nonsmokers showed health benefits from reduced exposure to secondhand smoke. […]

Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

February 10, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite the potential risks to their baby’s health, roughly one in 10 women smoke in the three months before getting pregnant, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.
And only one-quarter of those women quit before they become pregnant, the researchers said.
“Smoking during pregnancy is double trouble,” said […]

Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of COPD Drug

February 2, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A widely used drug may not significantly reduce the amount of time that patients with the lung condition COPD require mechanical help to breathe, a new study suggests.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) — which is often related to smoking — includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of […]

Chemical That Can Irritate Lungs Found in Flavored E-Cigarettes

January 29, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People using flavored e-cigarettes, particularly ones that taste like cherry, are likely inhaling a chemical that can irritate their airways, a new study suggests.
“It might be the case that if the user of an electronic cigarette experiences some side effects, like coughing, it might be […]

Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

January 28, 2016

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Although fewer Americans are smoking, the rates of psychiatric disorders among those who do — particularly more recent smokers — are on the rise, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from 25,000 people born in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and found that the […]

Teens Who ‘Vape’ May Be More Likely to Try Smoking, Too

January 26, 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to switch to real cigarettes within a year, a new study suggests.
In fact, the researchers found that teens who used e-cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” when the study began were about three times more likely to have started smoking a […]

Smoking Lowers Breast Cancer Survival, Study Finds

January 26, 2016

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women diagnosed with breast cancer who continue to smoke cigarettes are less likely to survive than those who never smoked or those who quit, new research finds.
The study suggests that it’s never too late to quit smoking to help boost cancer survival.
“Women who quit smoking […]

No Clear Winner Seen Among Stop-Smoking Aids in Study

January 26, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — If you’re trying to quit smoking, using the nicotine patch, the drug Chantix, or a combination of the patch and lozenges all appear to work equally well, researchers report.
“To our surprise, all three treatments were essentially identical,” said lead author Dr. Michael Fiore, director of […]

Free Nicotine Patches by Mail May Help Smokers Quit

January 25, 2016

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Helping smokers quit may be as easy as mailing them free nicotine-replacement patches, even in the absence of counseling or other support, a new Canadian study shows.
The finding didn’t surprise one expert in lung health, Dr. Len Horovitz.
“Sometimes smokers simply need access to help and a jumpstart,” […]

Secondhand Smoke in Hookah Bars May Put Employees at Risk

January 25, 2016

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Hookah bar employees are at risk for exposure to secondhand smoke, a new study warns.
“Hookah [water pipe] use is often exempt from clean indoor-air laws that protect people from secondhand smoke,” study senior author Terry Gordon, a toxicologist and professor in the department of environmental medicine at NYU […]



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