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Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

August 19, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help.
The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also included automated phone calls that helped them manage their medications, encouraged their efforts [...]

Parent’s Smoking Affects Children’s Health for Years

August 19, 2014

Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years.

Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds

August 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report.
“The combined effect of low educational level and smoking on the risk of stroke is the most surprising finding of our paper,” said study author Helene Nordahl, an epidemiologist [...]

Tough Laws Continue to Target Tobacco Sales to Minors

August 14, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Only about 10 percent of inspected stores across the United States illegally sold tobacco products to minors during 2013, a U.S. government report says.
That is half the 20 percent target rate set by a national and state effort called the Synar Amendment program to end illegal tobacco sales [...]

U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds

August 11, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overall lung cancer rates are dropping, according to a new analysis of nearly a half million Americans with lung cancer. But, the news wasn’t all good — the study also found that the rates of certain types of lung cancer are increasing, according to researchers [...]

Almost 1 in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smokes

August 6, 2014

Almost 10 percent of people who survive cancer are still smoking a decade later, a new study from the American Cancer Society shows.

Prisons That Bar Smoking May Boost Inmates’ Health: Study

August 6, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Prison smoking bans significantly reduce inmates’ risk of death from tobacco-related conditions such as cancer and heart disease, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from U.S. state prisons and found rates of smoking-related deaths among inmates were 9 percent lower in prisons with smoking bans, and 11 percent [...]

Many Doctors Recommend E-Cigarettes as Anti-Smoking Aid, Survey Finds

August 1, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere these days, and a new study finds many U.S. doctors recommending them to smokers as a way to kick the tobacco habit.
“Even in the absence of evidence regarding the health impact of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, a third of physicians we surveyed [...]

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 [...]


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