News Stories relating to "smoking"
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The number of smokers has gone down--fewer than one in five adults now smoke in the US, which is about half as many smokers as there were 50 years ago. Despite this, cigarettes kill more than 400,000 Americans every year. But the solution is at hand: make nicotine less addictive.
Most of us don't realize it, but the Family Smoking...
Friday, December 14, 2012
At last: Something GOOD about smoking! Birds
in Mexico City are lining their nests with cigarette butts they pick up off the street, and scientists have discovered that they repel pests
and keep the baby birds warm.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Although Big Tobacco is creating a product that is totally bad for us, while $600-billion pharmaceutical industry is selling hope, they tend to use the same tactics
--especially when it comes to lies.
Doctors don't like to admit it, but often they don't have any idea...
Friday, September 7, 2012
Most of us assume that cigarettes are simply tobacco rolled up in paper, but that FAR from the truth: many OTHER ingredients
--many of them SECRET--are added to the mix.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Smoking is not sexy
: Exposure to second hand smoke is bad for a fetus
and it's bad for teenagers too: Researchers report that exposure to tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss among...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Most of us now realize that smoking leads to lung cancer (and other diseases), but not everyone realizes that tobacco companies HID this data for years. A new analysis of tobacco industry documents shows that Philip Morris manipulated data on the effects of additives in cigarettes, including...
Thursday, January 12, 2012
In the future
, we may all be wearing nicotine patches, even though we are NOT trying to quit smoking
, because using a nicotine patch may help improve mild memory loss in older adults.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Why do some older women smoke (when they surely know better by now)? It may make them feel sexy: a recent study discovered that postmenopausal women who smoke have higher androgen and estrogen levels than non-smoking women, with sex hormone levels being highest in heavy smokers.
Friday, September 30, 2011
This was kept as a deep, dark secret for almost 40 years, from its discovery in 1959 through 1998, when it was revealed as part of a legal settlement. According to a new study, tobacco companies knew that cigarette smoke contained radioactive alpha particles for more than four decades and developed "deep and intimate" knowledge of these...
Friday, January 28, 2011
In research described as "a stark warning" to those tempted to start smoking, scientists are reporting that cigarette smoke begins to cause genetic damage within MINUTES--not years--after inhalation into the lungs.
And there is growing evidence that exposure to a group of chemicals known as type-2 alkenes--found in many...
Monday, December 27, 2010
At this year's holiday celebrations
, try to avoid rooms filled with second-hand smoke (especially if you're pregnant): Exposure to nicotine during pregnancy leads to a decrease in adult stem cells and a change in the brains of the offspring. Researchers...
Monday, May 3, 2010
Smoking is a worldwide epidemic, an emergency situation that builds slowly, while the smoker isn't noticing. This means it's time to quit! We once gave you the advice to go cold turkey, but now it turns out that gradually cutting down (with the aim of quitting completely) may work just as well. If you have trouble quitting, it may be because...
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
One cancels out the healthy effects of the other - Scientists have some bad news (for some of us anyway): We all know that they go together and while smoking is just generally unhealthy, drinking a glass or two of wine a day can be healthy, but NOT if you also smoke!
Friday, March 5, 2010
As more people wise up and stop smoking, there is less call for heavily-subsidized tobacco plants, so researchers are looking for new ways to use this plant. Besides biofuel, they may make natural spray-on solar panels.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
THIRD hand smoke - We all know what second hand smoke is (smoke that a non-smoker inhales while in a smoke-filled room), but what is third hand smoke and is it dangerous? It turns out that this is the yellow nicotine residue that clings to surfaces after smokers have been in a room and YES, it is VERY dangerous!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
As more and more people stop smoking, we may find a new use for tobacco in the future: as a biofuel.
Researchers have found a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel. According to researcher Vyacheslav Andrianov, tobacco can generate biofuel more efficiently than other...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
...Quit trying to hook our teens on smoking - President Barack Obama's signature on a bill to grant the FDA authority to regulate tobacco was a historic step that could eliminate tobacco use in the US by 2047. To save themselves, tobacco companies are still trying desperately to hook teens on smoking. They know that major...
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Is as bad as second hand? - We all know what second hand smoke is?the smoke you inhale while being in a room full of smokers. But what is THIRD HAND smoke? It turns out it's the invisible (but toxic) gases and particles that cling to smokers' hair, clothing, upholstery and curtains--even when no one is currently smoking in the...
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Who finds it harder, men or women? - The New Year is coming soon, which is the time for all those resolutions. We?ll bet that a big one on every smoker?s list is quitting. Women have more withdrawal symptoms but they also have more reason to quit, because, contrary to what most women believe, smoking makes you fat.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Everyone's top New Year's Resolution - Quitting smoking is one of the top items on most people's New Year's resolutions lists, and it certainly should be if you're black because blacks are more unhealthy than whites?especially when it comes to asthma?despite the fact that African-Americans are much less likely to smoke than...
Friday, August 22, 2008
?and you're addicted for LIFE! - Tobacco companies try to push their products to teens (although they pretend not to) because they know that just one puff will get them hooked for life IF they have the right (or wrong?) kinds of genes. But the news is not all bad: researchers have now invented a PILL that can help you quit!...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
It's not only loud noises that can make you deaf?both smoking and being overweight can do it too.
Both disrupt the blood flow to the ears. BBC News quotes researcher Erik Fransen as saying, "Once the damage is done, it's done. It does not repair."
If you're NOT deaf, you?re probably often annoyed by sounds that wake you up at...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
...sometimes - Some things that seem destructive can be helpful in another way?under the right circumstances. With this in mind, researchers have discovered that a gene that makes you more likely to smoke also PROTECTS you from becoming addicted to cocaine!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Smoking makes you fat and it can also contribute to your getting breast cancer, IF you have the gene for the disease. Most smokers want to quit, and we have new information about what HELPS.
Researchers Christine Ambrosone and Jenny Chang-Claude studied data from 10 of the 13 studies published in the last 10 years in which they evaluated...
Monday, December 10, 2007
Smoking and drinking seem to go together naturally, and it turns out that there's a scientific reason why it's hard to quit one while still indulging in the other. Despite this fact, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are notorious for their smoke-filled rooms.
Researcher Thomas J. Gould says, "Whenever someone uses these two drugs together...
Friday, November 30, 2007
It may be illegal to advertise cigarettes to kids, but tobacco companies are still trying to start kids on smoking because they know that once they hook them, it will be incredibly hard for them to quit.
A new Canadian study reports that tobacco marketers have found a way around tobacco advertising restrictions, by reaching teens...
Monday, February 26, 2007
Teenagers fear blindness more than lung cancer or stroke, but nine out of 10 don't know that smoking can rob them of their sight in later life.
The findings are based on the responses of 260 clubbers aged between 16 and 18, collected at four places in the UK. One in five of the young women were daily smokers (21%), compared with around...