Scientists have identified distinct clusters of genetic markers associated with the likelihood of success or failure of two smoking cessation treatments, nicotine replacement therapy and the medication bupropion.
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At least 28 cancer-causing chemicals have been identified in smokeless tobacco products and its use increases the risk of oral cancer by approximately 50 times. Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments to ban all tobacco advertising to help prevent young people taking up the habit as WHO accused cigarette manufacturers of using increasingly sophisticated marketing techniques to ensare young people, particularly girls in poorer countries.
FDA is no investigating Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix after last week's report about serious adverse side effects.
If both parents of a child never smoked, research shows that a child's odds of daily smoking are reduced by more than 70 percent compared to when both parents continue to smoke. And if both parents were smokers but quit, those same odds are reduced by nearly 40 percent. Additional research shows that mothers who quit are less likely to have children who start smoking.
FAA has removed a prescription anti-smoking pill from their approved list of safe medications for pilots and air-traffic controllers, it's important to note this news does not include nicotine replacement therapy which is deemed safe and effective.
Anti-smoking drug Chantix is banned, but other drug makers who make drugs to helping to quit smoking use the opportunity to push their medications that help smokers to stop smoking. GlaxoSmithKline release says nicotine replacement therapy is safe, effective and can help reverse mental acuity deficits in smokers who are quitting, including commercial and private pilots.
Just weeks before Ontario implements a ban on the retail display of all tobacco products, new research from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit at the University of Toronto shows that consumers have been bombarded by extensive tobacco promotion at point of sale
Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) reported hundreds of serious side effects. Groups urge FDA for more investigation on Chantix, which is used to help to stop smoking.
Safe Medication Practices and Wake Forest University study shows that the anti-smoking drug Chantix used to help to quit smoking is associated with hundreds of reported problems since the drug's 2006 FDA approval that included blurred vision, dizziness, confusion and loss of consciousness.
An updated clinical practice guideline released by the US Public Health Service has identified new counseling and medication treatments that are effective for helping people quit smoking.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things a woman can do to protect her own health and the health of her baby. More than 8,700 babies are born each year in Washington to smoking mothers.
Many people have heard about the benefits of health when they quit smoking. While millions of people die annually because of smoking, here are some facts from JAMA study on how your health improves when you stop smoking.
Doctors who take a few minutes to talk with patients about their smoking - maybe passing along a leaflet or a sample of nicotine gum - make a difference when it comes to helping them quit successfully.
Quitting smoking can be hard, but people's rationales for continuing to smoke are often rooted in pure myth. The Health Department today debunked five favorite excuses to motivate even more New Yorkers to call 311 for patches and gum at no cost. More than 7,000 people have enrolled already, and the offer is good only until May 1st.
MYTH: I couldn't quit the first time I tried, so I won't be able to quit this time.
FACT: Most smokers need a few tries to quit successfully.
If lung cancer and heart disease aren't bad enough, cigarette smokers are also at higher risk for developing, among other things, pancreatic cancer. Now, researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia have preliminary evidence indicating one possible reason why. Data being presented April 13, 2008 during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research shows that they have found that nicotine in cigarettes increases the production of a protein that is known to promote cancer cell survival, invasion and spread.
Better-educated smokers are more likely to respond to TV ads that promote quitting smoking, while the effect of secondhand smoke messages is similar across educational levels.
Physically active smokers might have greater success quitting smoking than those who are more sedentary.
Cigarette smoking is a major public health problem that contributes to millions of deaths around the world each year. While the health risks of smoking are well known, relatively little is known about why some people are particularly likely to get addicted to cigarettes and may consequently be at greater danger of lung cancer and other diseases.
Most smokers in America - 70 percent - want to quit, but in 2000, only about five percent were successful in quitting long-term. Quitting smoking is ultimately one of the single most important lifestyle changes one can make to improve and extend their lives. Tobacco-related death is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.; smokers therefore need to be armed with all the available information to make the best, most informed choices about the smoking cessation medications and resources available to them.
Cigarette smokers who were treated for cerebral aneurysms with coil embolization are at greater risk of developing another aneurysm.
Possession of Salvia Divinorum may be soon be an act of felony in Florida and in other several states as the legislators in Florida introduce a bill to make it illegal to possess Salvia Divinorum herb.