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Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds

July 31, 2014

Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn’t warranted based on current evidence, a team of researchers says.

Annual COPD Costs To Hit $49 Billion by 2020: CDC

July 30, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Medical costs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States are more than $32 billion each year, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The yearly financial toll of COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is expected to reach an [...]

Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study

July 29, 2014

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Quitting smoking is harder for people with depression, according to a new review.
Depression can make it more difficult to ride out the anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that come with trying to quit cold turkey, scientists found. But extra exercise — even just a walk [...]

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

July 21, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.
The new study also hints — but doesn’t prove — that nicotine-replacement products used during pregnancy, such as patches and gum, could pose [...]

Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk

July 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may increase a person’s risk for suicide, but high cigarette taxes and smoking restrictions in public places lower that risk, a new study suggests.
Previous research has found that smokers are more likely to take their own lives than nonsmokers. This difference was attributed to the fact that [...]

Graphic Cigarette-Label Warnings Work, Study Finds

July 15, 2014

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cigarette warning labels help convince smokers to quit, and the bigger the label, the better, a new study shows.
Even when smokers try to avoid seeing the labels, they are prompted to think about quitting, the researchers found.
“Warning labels vary widely from country to country but it’s clear that [...]

Gays, Lesbians Face Certain Health Challenges, U.S. Report Says

July 15, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Health behaviors and challenges often vary depending on a person’s sexual orientation, a new U.S. report finds.
But, those changes do not seem to follow a set pattern — some are healthy, some aren’t. For example, the federal researchers found that gays and lesbians were [...]

Lung Groups: Governments Should Limit or Ban Use of E-Cigarettes

July 10, 2014

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Governments should ban or limit the use of electronic cigarettes until more is known about their health effects, say experts from the world’s leading lung organizations.
The position statement was issued Wednesday by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), which includes more than 70,000 members worldwide.
“The gravity of [...]

Combo Approach May Work Best for Smokers Looking to Quit

July 8, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Combining two anti-smoking approaches — the medication Chantix and nicotine patches — improves the odds you’ll quit smoking over the short term, a new industry-funded study suggests.

“The combination appears to be safe, although further studies are needed to confirm this,” said Dr. Coenie Koegelenberg, [...]

Hookah Smoking Popular Among Well-Heeled Teens: Survey

July 7, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While American teenagers have increasingly been saying “no” to cigarettes over the past decade, almost one in five high school seniors now say they have smoked a hookah pipe, a new survey shows.
A form of smoking that has been a fixture throughout the Middle East [...]


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