Pre cessation nicotine patch doubles quit success rate

Pre-Cessation Patch Doubles Quit Success Rate: Researchers Call for Labeling Changes – Using a nicotine patch before quitting smoking can double success rates, revealed by researchers at the Duke University Medical Center. This should be highlighted on nicotine patch labeling.

Boxed warning required for Chantix and Zyban, says FDA

FDA: Boxed Warning on Serious Mental Health Events to be Required for Chantix and Zyban – Smoking cessation drugs Chantix and Zyban are causing unusual changes in behavior, depression, and suicidal thinking in those who have taken these drugs to quit their smoking habits.

Smoking promotes insulin resistance and then heart disease

Researcher explores why smoking increases the risk of heart disease and strokes – Researchers at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles and Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona have discovered a reason why smoking increases the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Cigarette Smoking Prevalence and Policies in US

Report on US tobacco control policies and use finds stark contrasts in progress among states – The United States is becoming a nation of haves and have-nots when it comes to tobacco control, according to a comprehensive publication on cigarette smoking prevalence and policies in the U.S. that was released today.

Tobacco packages must use pictorial warnings, says WHO

WHO urged governments to require that all tobacco packages include pictorial warnings to show the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use. – Warnings on tobacco product packaging increase public awareness of the serious health risks of tobacco use. Images are a particularly powerful and cost-effective vehicle for communicating the risks.

Computer programs help for smokers trying to quit

Computer-based programs provide help for smokers trying to quit – Trying to quit cigarettes but don’t know how? A new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, suggests that Web- and computer-based smoking cessation programs are worth a try, and fortunately during these tough economic times, many of them are free.

Law enforcement reduces smoking among minors

Enforcement of underage sales laws as a predictor of daily smoking among adolescents – a national study. – Increased merchant compliance with underage tobacco sale laws contributes to lower daily smoking in adolescents and provides a complementary measure to raising cigarette prices in order to decrease smoking rates among youth.

Smoke affects functions of heart

Tobacco smoke could possibly harm cardiovascular function. – Secondhand tobacco smoke and smoke from cooking oil and wood smoke affected cardiovascular function of men and women who were exposed to small doses of the smoke for as little as 10 minutes, according to a study from the University of Kentucky.

Marijuana smoking increases COPD risk for tobacco smokers

Smoking marijuana and tobacco concurrently may have a synergistic effect on the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. – Smoking both tobacco and marijuana increases the risk of respiratory symptoms and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), found a study in CMAJ.

Smoking kills irrespective of social class and gender

Research: Effect of tobacco smoking on survival of men and women by social position: A 28-year cohort study – A well-off professional who smokes has a much lower survival rate than a non-smoking low-paid worker of the same sex concludes new research published today on

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