The nation's progress in reducing smoking is at risk unless states significantly increase funding for programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
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Survey shows a significant decline in both smoking and illicit drug use in the past year, part of a downward trend for all measured age groups in the last decade.
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The HealthCentral Network launched StopSmokingConnection.com, a website dedicated to helping smokers successfully quit. The site provides expert advice, reliable medical information and a community support network that will aid smokers in their quest to overcome addiction.
Most smokers can list the many health effects of cigarettes, but few fully appreciate the challenges faced by those who struggle with the addiction.
Scientists are reporting the first successful strategy to reduce smokers' nicotine dependence while allowing them to continue smoking. The study provides strong support for proposals now being considered in Congress to authorize FDA regulation of cigarette smoking, according to the research team.
NYC Health Department is giving away nicotine patches at sites across the five boroughs.
Interventional Radiologists, medical doctors who specialize in the vascular system, are urging smokers to quit. Not just because smoking causes cancer, but because it damages arteries in the legs which can lead to other vascular disease, including a heart attack and stroke.
Most people are well aware of the risk of cancer from smoking, but few realize the damage smoking causes throughout the body's vascular system. Smoking damages the blood vessels and smokers are at risk for all vascular diseases including peripheral arterial disease (PAD), stroke, heart attack, abdominal aortic aneurysm and subsequent death. This year for the Great American Smokeout interventional radiologists are urging Americans to quit. As vascular experts these doctors see first-hand the damage that smoking causes to the arteries.
An anti-smoking campaign aimed at 16,000 Michigan high school students, enables them to participate in awareness programs and engage in peer advocacy.
Is a fear of getting fatter partly to blame for the fact that nearly one in five American women still smokes, and many don't try to quit?
Survey indicates major knowledge gaps exist in what smokers believe to be true about the risks associated with smoking compared the actual realities of tobacco-related disease and death.
A smoking-prevention strategy that targets black fourth-graders and their parents is under study in urban and rural Georgia.
North Dakota Tobacco Quitline is offering free nicotine replacement products to anyone who enrolls in Quitline counseling and is uninsured or does not have cessation coverage through their health plan.
Employers increasingly are paying for worker smoking cessation programs as a way to reduce health costs, the New York Times reports. According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, one in three companies with more than 200 workers that provide health benefits offered such programs in 2006 and, among smaller companies, one in 12 offer smoking cessation assistance.
If smokers know their blood CO levels, they may be more prone to quit smoking or more likely to never start.
Hospitalized patients who smoke may be more likely to quit smoking through the use of hypnotherapy than patients using other smoking cessation methods.
A new study shows that obstacles to smoking cessation and motives for quitting smoking vary with age. The study presented at CHEST 2007, the 73rd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that smokers over age 65 reported quitting smoking due to physician pressure and stress due to a major health problem, while smokers under age 65 reported cigarette cost and tobacco odor as reasons for quitting.
Although smoking rates have declined overall, recent research shows that smoking remains far more common among the poor of all races.
New York City Health Department announced the launch of the Harlem Smoke-Free Home campaign to address the issue of secondhand smoke in East and Central Harlem.
The 84.5-cent cigarette tax increase would not only fund health care for more than 100,000 Oregon kids, but also dramatically reduce youth smoking and tobacco-related health care costs and save thousands of lives.
A new report from the US Surgeon General calls on parents to eliminate their children's exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Coinciding with National Child Health Month in October, the Surgeon General's message warns of the health risks secondhand smoke creates for the nation's children.
"There is quite simply no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure," said acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D. "Parents need to protect their families from this completely preventable health hazard."
Contrary to an earlier report, smoking appears to have no effect on the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).