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Hearing Loss In Teens Linked To Secondhand smoke

July 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Unusual as it sounds, a recent analysis shows secondhand smoke may harm areas other than the respiratory system in teens.

Data taken from 1,533 U.S. participants between 12 and 19 years of age revealed that individuals with higher levels of one nicotine compound in their blood were also more likely to have a common type of hearing loss in at least one ear. Ream more »

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Alice Curry puts face on smoke-free campaign

July 11th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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THE anti-smoking campaign in Bartholomew County — and perhaps throughout the state — now has a face.

It is that of a dynamic woman who is most commonly known for her advocacy of other causes in this community — notably the arts and most especially Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

Over the past three decades, Alice Curry and the philharmonic have been synonymous. As director of the organization for most of that time, she was known as a fierce champion for its mission.
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More Evidence Secondhand Smoke Bad for Kids’ Mental Health

April 14th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Children and adolescents in the United States exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) are at risk of developing major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and conduct disorder, new research suggests.
In a national survey study of more than 2000 nonsmokers between the ages of 8 and 15 years, investigators found that serum cotinine levels, signifying SHS exposure, were positively associated with symptoms of all these disorders — and were especially correlated for boys. Ream more »

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Secondhand Smoke Raises Stillbirth Risk

March 18th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Pregnant women who don’t smoke but breathe the secondhand smoke of others have an increased risk for delivering stillborn babies or babies with birth defects, according to a new research review.

Children born to women who smoke during pregnancy have an increased risk for fetal death, premature birth, low birth weight, and birth defects.

Secondhand smoke exposure has been linked to lower birth weight, but it has not been clear if exposure during pregnancy influences other birth outcomes in nonsmoking women.
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Secondhand smoked linked to stillbirth

March 14th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Pregnant women who do not smoke but are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of having a stillborn baby, a British review says.

Dr. Jo Leonardi-Bee of the Center for Tobacco Control Studies at the University of Nottingham says the findings were drawn from a systematic review of 19 studies from North America, South America, Asia and Europe. The studies centered on pregnant women who did not smoke but were exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work. Ream more »

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Is smoking the new leprosy?

January 5th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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For many smokers – and even non-smokers – on the Ohio State University campus, it sure feels like it. From tax hikes to warning labels to media reports to moves to remove smoking from movies – the war against tobacco is on, and has been on for some time now. But two recent moves by the federal government has some in the Columbus area feeling a little besmirched.
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Smoking ban appears headed to voters in O’Fallon, Mo.

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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A smoking ban proposal appears headed for a vote by O’Fallon residents on April 5.
The City Council, which held a public forum on the issue Wednesday night, would have to have an emergency meeting to approve the petitioners’ measure themselves. If the council does not vote before Jan. 11, the issue automatically will appear on the April 5 ballot.
Most of the 19 speakers at the public forum supported the measure. Proponents said they wanted to protect residents, business employees and patrons from secondhand smoke. Ream more »

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Passive smoking more harmful than thought

August 26th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Casual tobacco smoking and secondhand or passive smoking can do more harm than previously thought, according to a new study which found even low levels of exposure to cigarette smoke can alternate the function of genes implicated in lung diseases.
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and Presbyterian Hospital found that exposure to cigarette smoke at low levels either through passive smoking or infrequent tobacco smoking raised risk for future lung diseases including lung cancer and respiratory disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Ream more »

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How Secondhand Cigarette Smoke Changes Your Genes

August 20th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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As if the growing number of smoking bans in restaurants, airplanes and other public places isn’t sending a strong enough message, researchers now have the first biological data confirming the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Scientists led by Dr. Ronald Crystal at Weill Cornell Medical College documented changes in genetic activity among nonsmokers triggered by exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Ream more »

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Secondhand smoke may compromise mental health

June 10th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

Passive smoking(News Locale) – While it is a common knowledge that second hand smoking from cigarettes is harmful for your lungs and heart, a new study reveals that it has a negative effect on your mental balance too.
Researchers from the University College London studied more than 2,500 active smokers and 5,000 non-smokers over a period of five years between 1998 and 2003 and found that nearly 15 percent of the volunteers developed mental problems by the end of the study.

The researchers added that non-smokers who were exposed to second hand smoke were 62 percent more likely to suffer from mental stress compared to those who were not exposed while the risk doubled among active smokers.
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