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Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

November 21, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.
Benzene has been linked to an increased risk for leukemia in prior research, according to a scientific team reporting Nov. 21 in the […]

Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

November 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that’s a key annual date for many health advocates — the Great American Smokeout.
There’s no single correct way to quit. But there are some important steps that can help smokers break the habit and live longer and healthier lives, […]

Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you’d kept on smoking.
“This study is […]

Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps

November 17, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who started smoking at a young age may be at increased risk for chronic, severe menstrual pain, a new study suggests.
About 29 percent of women experience severe menstrual pain. While smoking has been suspected as a risk factor for severe menstrual pain, the evidence has been inconclusive, […]

Smokers in Cars Pose Risk to Passengers: Study

November 14, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that non-smoking people who sit in cars with smokers inhale some of the same cancer-causing substances and other toxins.
But, it’s not clear what this means for the health of non-smokers, the researchers said.
This “is the first study to measure exposure to these particular chemicals […]

More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC

November 13, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns.
Nearly 23 percent of high school students use tobacco products, and more than 90 percent of […]

Many Smokers Quick to Accept Plainly Packaged Cigarettes, Study Finds

November 10, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In an attempt to make smoking less attractive, Australia recently mandated that cigarette packs there be sold in plain wrappers with large, graphic health warnings.
Some anti-smoking advocates have pushed for similar packaging changes in the United States.
Now, a new study published online recently in the journal Tobacco Control […]

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening for Long-Time Smokers

November 10, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday.
The reimbursement proposal would cover annual CT scans for people aged 55 to 74 with a smoking history of 30 pack-years […]

Many Docs Fail to Counsel Young Adults With High Blood Pressure

November 10, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Only one in two young American adults with high blood pressure gets advice from a doctor on lifestyle changes, a new study finds.
Lifestyle changes are critical to helping young adults control their blood pressure, and they cover areas such as exercise, weight loss and healthy eating, the researchers […]

Cigars Loaded With Harmful Toxins, Study Shows

November 7, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some cigar smokers may believe they face less health risk than if they were smoking cigarettes, but a new study casts doubt on that notion.
Researchers say that cigar smokers are exposed to high levels of cancer-causing agents and other toxic substances, which suggests that the habit is as […]


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