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In November 2014 Posted

Hookah Smoke Increases Benzene Exposure, Risk for Leukemia

November 26, 2014   The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. According to the researchers – led by Nada Kassem, associate director at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health at San Diego State University in California – the World Health Organization […]
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Researchers Discover New Type of Neuron that Plays Key Role in Nicotine Addiction

November 26, 2014   For decades, scientists thought drug addiction was the result of two separate systems in the brain—the reward system, which was activated when a person used a drug, and the stress system, which kicked in during withdrawal. Now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that these two systems are […]
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Small Financial Incentives Double Smoking Cessation Rates, Study Reveals

November 24, 2014   Offering small financial incentives doubles smoking cessation rates among socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers, according to research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The findings were published last week in the American Journal of Public Health. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, […]
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Smoking in Early Teens Linked to Higher Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps

November 20, 2014   Menstrual cramps, also referred to as period pain or dysmenorrhea, affect around 91% of women throughout their reproductive life. Of these women, up to 29% experience severe menstrual cramps. Although many women are able to carry on with their day-to-day lives during menstrual cramps, the condition can be debilitating in some cases. […]
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Urine of those Who Didn’t Light Up had Evidence of Toxic Cigarette Chemicals

November 19, 2014   New research suggests that non-smoking people who sit in cars with smokers inhale some of the same cancer-causing substances and other toxins. But, it’s not clear what this means for the health of non-smokers, the researchers said. This “is the first study to measure exposure to these particular chemicals in people exposed […]
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‘Not Just a Flavoring:’ Menthol and Nicotine, Combined, Desensitize Airway Receptors

November 19, 2014   Menthol acts in combination with nicotine to desensitize receptors in lungs’ airways that are responsible for nicotine’s irritation, say neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). “We know that a menthol cough drop soothes a scratchy, sore throat. The question we looked at is if and how it works when the irritant […]
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Omega-3s Could Help Smokers Quit

November 18, 2014   Researchers believe they have found a connection between taking omega-3 supplements and smoking cessation. “The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with,” says study author Dr Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the […]
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Scientists Unlock Crucial Mechanism Driving Colliding Epidemics of Smoking and Tuberculosis

November 17, 2014   TB is an infectious disease that kills 1.5 million people each year, and smoking is the biggest driver of the global TB epidemic. Medical scientists at Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital have unlocked the mechanism underlying the connection between smoking and Tuberculosis (TB). This discovery will considerably strengthen anti-smoking efforts […]
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