Smoking

Smoking more harmful for HIV patients than the virus

Smoking more harmful for HIV patients than the virus

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

A higher disease burden for smoking?

A higher disease burden for smoking?

Current smokers had death rates that were nearly three times higher than in people who had never smoked.

Prenatal tobacco exposure linked to shorter fetal telomere length

Prenatal tobacco exposure linked to shorter fetal telomere length

T/S ratio was greater in descending order in nonsmokers, compared with passive smokers, than in active smokers.

Smoking-related mortality may be higher than previously estimated

Smoking-related mortality may be higher than previously estimated

About 17% of the deaths in smokers were due to diseases that were not established by caused by smoking by the Surgeon General.

E-cigarette vapor contains high levels of formaldehyde

E-cigarette vapor contains high levels of formaldehyde

High-voltage e-cigarettes released enough formaldehyde-containing compounds to increase a patient's lifetime risk of cancer five to 15 times higher than the risk caused by long-term smoking.

Obese patients, smokers spend more on health care each year

Obese patients, smokers spend more on health care each year

Estimated health-care expenses associated with obesity and smoking increased between 1998 and 2011 by 25% and 30%, respectively.

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