Smoking

Antidepressant serum levels may be lower in cigarette smokers

Antidepressant serum levels may be lower in cigarette smokers

Serum concentration levels of several antidepressants were lower in cigarette smokers compared with nonsmokers.

Global tobacco control treaty reduced worldwide smoking rates

Global tobacco control treaty reduced worldwide smoking rates

Countries committed to introducing policies such as high tobacco taxes and smoke-free public spaces.

Fruit and vegetable consumption reduces risk of COPD in smokers

Fruit and vegetable consumption reduces risk of COPD in smokers

A strong inverse association between total fruit and vegetable consumption and COPD was observed in smokers but not in never-smokers.

Electronic cigarette use linked to higher CVD risk

Electronic cigarette use linked to higher CVD risk

By

Electronic cigarettes cause an imbalance of cardiac autonomic tone and increased oxidative stress, which may increase cardiovascular risk.

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

By

It is important to use the right terminology when discussing medical terms, specifically ones associated with smoke-related respiratory conditions, according to the researchers.

Smoking more harmful for HIV patients than the virus

Smoking more harmful for HIV patients than the virus

By

Men and women who quit smoking after entering HIV care at age 40 years gained 5.7 years and 4.6 years of life expectancy, respectively, compared with those who continued to smoke.

Marijuana poisoning cases in children increase in Colorado

Marijuana poisoning cases in children increase in Colorado

By

Results suggest that the legalization of recreational marijuana use led to the increase in children who were unintentionally exposed to the drug.

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

By

While most PAs believe that e-cigarettes are harmful to health, they need more reliable information to help inform clinical decisions.

Abrupt cessation more effective when quitting smoking

Abrupt cessation more effective when quitting smoking

Of those who quit abruptly, 49% and 22% were still non-smokers at 4 weeks and 6 months, respectively.

Smoking still prevalent among pregnant young women

Smoking still prevalent among pregnant young women

In 2014, nearly 9% of women who gave birth smoked during pregnancy.

How effective are smoking cessation medications?

How effective are smoking cessation medications?

By

Study results showed no significant difference based on the type of smoking cessation option they were given.

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Researchers confirmed increased risks for infertility and natural menopause before age 50 in women who are either active smokers or regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.

Smoking is associated with
 high risk of type 2 diabetes

Smoking is associated with
 high risk of type 2 diabetes

By

A meta-analysis of 88 studies show a concrete link between current smokers and an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes.

Primary care intervention can boost smoking cessation rate

Primary care intervention can boost smoking cessation rate

Participants in the National Lung Screening Trial had a greater chance of quitting after clinicians scheduled follow-up counseling after screenings.

Benefits of
 quitting smoking after an MI

Benefits of
 quitting smoking after an MI

By

Smokers who quit within a year after acute myocardial infarction had intermediate levels of chest pain and mental health that were similar to those who had never smoked.

Teens who use e-cigarettes are likely to use combustible tobacco

Teens who use e-cigarettes are likely to use combustible tobacco

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes have an increased likelihood of using combustible tobacco products.

Secondhand smoke exposure is linked to a higher BMI in children

Secondhand smoke exposure is linked to a higher BMI in children

By

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have a higher BMI by age 10.

Most Americans support raising smoking age to 21

Most Americans support raising smoking age to 21

The CDC reports that 75% of Americans supporting increasing the legal age for smoking to 21.

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Although e-cigarettes may not be considered healthy, they may be the lesser of two evils when compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Smoking attributed to half of cancer deaths

Smoking attributed to half of cancer deaths

Almost 126,000 of the deaths attributed to smoking were from cancers of the lungs, bronchus, and trachea.

Quitting smoking improved pressure sore healing in patients with spinal cord injuries

Quitting smoking improved pressure sore healing in patients with spinal cord injuries

By

Quitting smoking improved spinal cord injury quality of life.

Nicotine patch treatment for 52 weeks may be safe, but may not be more effective than 24-week treatment for smoking cessation

Nicotine patch treatment for 52 weeks may be safe, but may not be more effective than 24-week treatment for smoking cessation

By

Quitting smoking with nicotine patch treatment for 52 weeks appears safe but may not be more effective than 24 weeks.

Focus on setting personal goals to inspire difficult health changes

Focus on setting personal goals to inspire difficult health changes

By

Sneak interventions into any patient encounter using motivational interviewing techniques.

Paying smokers to quit effective cessation strategy

Paying smokers to quit effective cessation strategy

Deposit programs were twice as effective as the rewards programs, and five times more effective than simply receiving free smoking aids.

Some pregnant women may think e-cigarettes are safe

Some pregnant women may think e-cigarettes are safe

Nearly three-quarters of the women who had tried e-cigarettes believed they were less harmful than tobacco.

Smoking exposure in children

Smoking exposure in children

By

Exposing children to secondhand smoke may increase their risk for heart disease later in life.

ACP urges FDA to ban e-cigarette flavorings, ads

ACP urges FDA to ban e-cigarette flavorings, ads

Calling for a ban on television advertisements for e-cigarettes follows the American College's continuing policy supporting bans on all tobacco advertising.

Gene variation linked to smoking duration

Gene variation linked to smoking duration

The average age of diagnosis was 61 years among those with the variation and 65 years for those without the variation.

Weight concerns may keep females from quitting smoking

Weight concerns may keep females from quitting smoking

Women who thought smoking does help control weight did not significantly increase their attempts to quit in response to a price increase.

IOM report highlights benefits of raising legal age for tobacco purchase

IOM report highlights benefits of raising legal age for tobacco purchase

Raising the legal age would save thousands of lives and lower the number of smokers, according to an Institute of Medicine report.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters