282015Sep

Smokers who have COPD may face increased risk of getting small cell lung cancer

- http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150926/Smokers-who-have-COPD-may-face-increased-risk-of-getting-small-cell-lung-cancer.aspx -

Smokers who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may face nearly twice the risk of getting small cell lung cancer (SCLC)–the deadliest form of lung cancer–than smokers who don’t have COPD, according to a large worldwide study led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The new study–the largest-ever epidemiologic study…

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252015Sep

These Are the Best Ways to Quit Smoking According to Science

- http://time.com/4043177/quit-smoking/ -

About 42 million adults in the U.S. smoke, and nearly 70% say they want to quit, according to the latest surveys. But smoking cessation methods aren’t as successful as doctors and smokers would like them to be. At most, some of these interventions, or combinations of them, are 25% effective helping smokers abstain for six…

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242015Sep

Smoking Cessation: Better Alternatives to Nicotine Replacement

- http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/smoking-cessation-better-alternatives-to-nicotine-replacement -

Varenicline and bupropion may be safer for people who are quitting smoking than nicotine replacement therapy. Daniel Kotz, PhD, Institute of General Practice, Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany, and colleagues performed a retrospective study to determine if varenicline is associated with adverse cardiovascular and/or neuropsychiatric events.

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232015Sep

Teen smoking rates at all-time low

- http://floridapolitics.com/archives/190922-teen-smoking-rates-at-all-time-low -

A new survey shows teens aren’t smoking as much as they used to, but they are still finding a way to get nicotine. The Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, released Tuesday, found that 6.9 percent of Florida high school students smoked cigarettes, a 1.7-point drop from the 8.6 percent who said they smoked “conventional cigarettes” That…

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222015Sep

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Released its Final Updated Recommendation on Tobacco Cessation

Updated U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Will Mean More Smokers Get Help Quitting USPSTF Updates ’A‘ Grade Chicago, IL The American Lung Association applauds the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for updating the tobacco cessation recommendation. The update emphasizes that a comprehensive quit smoking benefit – all seven U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

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212015Sep

The end of smoking?

- http://theweek.com/articles/577779/end-smoking -

How many people smoke today? In the U.S., just 17.8 percent of the population smokes — a record low, and down from a peak of more than 50 percent in the 1950s. Punishing taxes, indoor-smoking bans, and gruesome ad campaigns have compelled smokers to quit at such a rate that Citigroup analysts predict their numbers…

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182015Sep

Could Changing the Brain Help Smokers Quit?

- http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20150914_Could_changing_the_brain_help_smokers_quit_.html -

Psychologist Caryn Lerman spent decades studying how people react when they learn their behavior has put them at high risk of developing cancer. But education, she saw early on, isn’t enough to help some smokers kick the habit. “I then became very interested in why it was so hard to quit smoking. It’s not a lack…

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172015Sep

Cancer is The Number One Cause of Death Among Hispanics

- http://news.health.com/2015/09/16/cancer-still-the-leading-cause-of-death-for-u-s-hispanics-report/ -

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States overall, but a new report finds that cancer remains the number one killer of U.S. Hispanics. According to the report, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic men. This year, liver cancer will surpass colon cancer as the second…

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152015Sep

Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy, Youth Tied to Irregular Heartbeat Years Later

- http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/09/01/secondhand-smoke-in-pregnancy-youth-tied-to-irregular-heartbeat-years-later -

Atrial fibrillation is a common type of irregular heart rate in which the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. New research suggests people seem more likely to have atrial fibrillation as adults if they were exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke during childhood or while in…

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