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Movies make quitting smoking harder

January 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Watching movies that feature prominent smoking scenes could make it harder to quit smoking.
Researchers reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience did brain scans on both smokers, and non-smokers, while they watched Ridley Scott’s 2003 movie Matchstick Men.
The movie was selected because it features smoking scenes, but no scenes of sex, violence or alcohol use which could have affected the results. When characters on the screen smoked, there was a change in the smokers’ brain activity that closely resembled what happened when they themselves lit up a cigarette.
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Many different ways to seek help quitting

January 20th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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That ongoing message to smokers is being reinforced by the provincial government and many advocacy groups during National Non-Smoking Week.

Saskatchewan has one of the highest smoking rates in the country.

The Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey reported a smoking prevalence of 22.3 per cent in the province in 2009, compared with a national prevalence of 17.5 per cent.
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First Breath helps pregnant women quit smoking

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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A woman from Appleton gave birth to a healthy baby in July, and she credits a Wisconsin smoking cessation program for helping to keep her off the cigarettes during her pregnancy. Heidi Steller, 20, is a new mom to a baby girl, Jayden Grace, and is one of 10,000 women who have participated in First Breath, a program belonging to the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, of which former Wisconsin first lady Sue Ann Thompson is founder.
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Smoking Damages Genes Within Minutes

January 17th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Minutes after the first puffs, a smoker’s genes are damaged enough to lay the groundwork for a future cancer to take hold. That’s what U.S. scientists discovered in a recent study designed to evaluate the effect of substances in tobacco on DNA.

Might as Well Inject It

Damage occurred so quickly, it startled researchers who compared the speed of the effect to injecting the substances directly into the bloodstream. Ream more »

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Serious tobacco plan should start with illegal cigarettes

January 5th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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It’s fascinating to watch the political dance around tobacco. Politicians tell us all about the evils of smoking tobacco and offer very public displays to curb people of the habit. But at the same time, they sit back and rake in the taxes drawn from people buying the legal product. In recent years, we have seen greater restrictions on where people can smoke and how vendors can display and sell tobacco products.
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Tobacco users urged to drop that habit

January 4th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Last November, Mercy Tiffin Hospital promoted the Great American Smokeout with a press release in which some alarming statistics were listed: Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Tobacco use causes cancer, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. Each year, an estimated 438,000 Americans die as a result of smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.
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Mother’s smoking in pregnancy linked to girls’ puberty

December 20th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Women who smoke heavily during pregnancy tend to have daughters who start menstruating months earlier than the daughters of women who did not smoke during their pregnancy.

Previous studies have found evidence that women who start menstruating early may be at higher risk of health problems later in life. Early menstruation has been tied to a number of health risks, including heart disease, breast cancer and even lung problems such as asthma. Earlier periods have also been associated with earlier sexual activity and use of substances such as cigarettes and alcohol. Ream more »

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Smoking May Soon Not Be Allowed in Detroit Public Housing

December 9th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Smoking may soon be banned in Detroit public housing. Health issues and the cost of cleaning are driving the push to end smoking in more than 4,000 units. Smoking in public is increasingly limited. A ban was extended to restaurants and bars early this year. There is now a move to ban smoking in Detroit public housing units, especially high rises with shared air ducts.
Residents are split.
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GCH a tobacco-free campus

November 29th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

Most are familiar with the health risks involved in smoking, or being around second hand smoke. Smoking has a negative impact on one’s overall health status and more specifically on the lungs and heart. Individuals that smoke may be affected from head to toe, but several disease processes are attributed to smoking. The more familiar diseases include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), emphysema, and lung cancer. Ream more »

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