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U.S. Smoking Rate Falls to 15 Percent: CDC

September 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with just over 15 percent of adults reporting they’re current smokers, a new government survey reveals.
That’s down from nearly 17 percent in 2014 and almost 18 percent in 2013. The falloff reflects a continued decline that started in […]


Many Parents Unaware of Dangers E-Cigarettes Pose to Little Kids: Survey

August 28, 2015

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many parents don’t understand that the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes poses a serious danger to young children, a new survey indicates.
The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is often fruit-flavored, which makes it appealing to youngsters. Consuming a teaspoon of this liquid can be deadly to a […]


After Heart Attack, Quitting Smoking Boosts Mental Health, Quality of Life

August 25, 2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study offers more evidence that quitting smoking after a heart attack is a no-brainer: Researchers found it reduces chest pain and boosts mental health and quality of life.
The study looked at more than 4,000 American adults who were assessed one, six and 12 months after suffering […]


Many Young Adults Think Hookahs, E-Cigs Safer Than Cigarettes

August 25, 2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many young American adults believe electronic cigarettes and water pipes are safer than traditional cigarettes, a new study finds.
“This is concerning as it suggests that even a substantial proportion of nonsmokers may view hookah as being a relatively safer and acceptable way to use tobacco,” wrote study authors […]


E-Cigs May Spur Teens to Try Smoking: Study

August 18, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Concerns that e-cigarettes are a stepping stone to smoking for teens appear to have merit, new research suggests.
Los Angeles-area teenagers who had never smoked before were three to four times more likely to try cigarettes or other tobacco products after they’d experimented with an e-cigarette, […]


No Evidence to Support Widespread Screening for COPD: Experts

August 17, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — a serious disease that impairs breathing — is the third leading cause of death in the United States. But an influential government panel says there’s as yet no evidence to support screening for COPD in adults with no symptoms.
In a draft […]


Smoking, Early Menopause May Shorten Life Span: Study

August 5, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking and early menopause are a dangerous combination that might shorten life span, a new Swedish study warns.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 25,000 Swedish women who were followed for 16 years. Almost 6,000 women died in that period, and the team found that women who began menopause […]


Liquid Nicotine From E-Cigs Poses Poison Danger to Kids

August 3, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nicotine poisoning is a growing concern for American children, but proposed U.S. federal government regulations alone aren’t enough to solve the problem, an expert says.
The increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes has led to a number of cases of nicotine poisoning in recent years, the U.S. Centers for Disease […]


Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

July 30, 2015

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests.
The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that’s preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as […]


Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s Linked by Common Risk Factors

July 28, 2015

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some risk factors for heart disease may also be linked with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, a new study reports.
“We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive [mental] impairment,” study lead author Dr. Kevin King said in a news release […]



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