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2011-06-14 13:28:00

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO) District of Columbia public health advocates call on Mayor Gray and the city council to reject language inserted into the Budget Support Act by Councilman Michael Brown that would create a loophole in the District's highly...

2011-04-19 13:47:11

Cigarettes leave toxins on surfaces that can endanger infants Stepping outside to smoke a cigarette may not be enough to protect the lungs and life of a pregnant woman's unborn child, according to a new study in the American Journal of Physiology. The study, by researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed), found prenatal exposure to toxic components of a newly recognized category of tobacco smoke"”known as "thirdhand...

2011-04-07 15:56:20

The number of people smoking water pipes is rising dramatically throughout the world. A large proportion of new users are young, and many believe "“ contrary to facts "“ that water pipe smoking is less dangerous than cigarettes. Research into why people start smoking water pipes is under way at Uppsala University. Use of water pipes (also called "hookah" and "narghile") is on the rise, according to a number of studies conducted in Europe and North America. Anti-smoking campaigns...

2011-02-06 08:37:39

With millions of people warding off winter's chill with blazing fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, scientists are raising red flags about the potential health effects of the smoke released from burning wood. Their study, published in the American Chemical Society's (ACS') journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology, found that the invisible particles inhaled into the lungs from wood smoke may have several adverse health effects. It is among 39 peer-reviewed scientific journals published by ACS,...

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2010-11-16 13:55:00

The metallic particles in the smoke emitted by fireworks pose a health risk, particularly to people who suffer from asthma. This is the conclusion of a study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), published this week in the Journal of Hazardous Materials. "The toxicological research has shown that many of the metallic particles in the smoke from fireworks are bio-reactive and can affect human health", Teresa Moreno, a researcher from...

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2010-08-22 15:45:00

According to a new study, even low levels of tobacco smoke exposure poses a risk to lung health, triggering potentially hazardous genetic changes. Researcher Ronald Crystal, MD, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, told WebMD that the hazards of secondhand smoke have been known for years.  "But there were never any studies that had looked at the biology, why this is the case."His study demonstrates that even...

2010-07-15 14:00:04

Smokers who are exposed to wood smoke, either through home heating and cooking or through ambient neighborhood pollution, are not only at increased risk of COPD, but are also more likely to have epigenetic changes in the DNA that further increase their risk of COPD and related pulmonary problems. Together, smoking, wood smoke exposure and these epigenetic changes can increase an individual's risk of COPD fourfold. "When cigarette smokers are exposed to wood smoke their risk of having reduced...

2010-06-07 13:31:02

No protection found for children exposed to secondhand smoke in homes Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that children and adolescents living in non-smoking homes in counties with laws promoting smoke-free public places have significantly lower levels of a common biomarker of secondhand smoke exposure than those living in counties with no smoke-free laws. The children living in non-smoking homes in U.S. counties with smoke-free laws had 39% lower prevalence...

2009-12-28 13:32:05

Children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke at home were more likely to develop early emphysema in adulthood. This finding by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health suggests that the lungs may not recover completely from the effects of early-life exposures to tobacco smoke (ETS). The study is published in the December 2009 American Journal of Epidemiology. This population-based research is the first to examine the association of childhood ETS with early emphysema...

2009-08-14 17:00:00

Smoking marijuana, like smoking tobacco, has toxic effects on cells, researchers in Canada found. Rebecca Maertens of Health Canada and colleagues said people often view marijuana as a natural product and less harmful than tobacco. Their findings challenge the conventional wisdom that smoking marijuana is less harmful to health than inhaling tobacco smoke. The researchers compared marijuana smoke and tobacco smoke in terms of toxicity to cells and DNA. Scientists exposed cultured animal...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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