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2009-04-14 08:25:00

Smoking both tobacco and marijuana increases the risk of respiratory symptoms and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), found a study in CMAJ. Smoking only marijuana, however, was not associated with increased risks. The study, which surveyed 878 people aged 40 years or more in Vancouver, Canada, was part of the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) Initiative that sought to determine the prevalence of COPD in adults over 40 years in the general population. It differed from other...

2009-04-07 09:12:37

Smoking cigarettes is not only the principle cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but it may change the body's immune responses to bacteria that commonly cause exacerbations of the disease, according to new research in a mouse model."It is well established that smoking is the main risk factor for COPD. But our research also suggests that cigarette smoke substantially changes the immune response to bacteria, which means that patients with COPD who smoke are weakening their...

2008-08-25 12:01:19

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health continues to educate the public about the Sept. 11 implementation of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act, which will prohibit smoking in most public places, including restaurants, workplaces and a portion of casino floors. "A smoke-free environment is the only effective measure to protect the public, including people at work, from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke," Secretary of Health Dr. Calvin Johnson said....

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2008-08-18 11:15:00

A previously unrecognized group of air pollutants could have effects remarkably similar to harmful substances found in tobacco smoke, Louisiana scientists are reporting in a study scheduled for presentation today at the 236th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Inhaling those pollutants exposes the average person up to 300 times more free radicals daily than from smoking one cigarette, they added. The discovery could help explain the long-standing medical mystery of why...

2008-06-25 09:03:32

By Maddalena Jackson, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jun. 25--As the Sacramento area settled into what promises to be a week of hazy air, more attention was being paid to what that could mean in terms of health. "There are almost 1,000 fires in Northern California," said Daniel Berlant of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The smoke "is a combination of all these fires." He checked his numbers. "Nine hundred eighty three fires." Air quality is determined by forcing air...

2008-06-24 02:25:00

By Dr. Paul Saville Inhaling the smoke of burning coal, wood or leaves is bad for you. Acrid smoke injures the lungs and leads to chronic obstructive lung disease. Smoke contains chemicals such as benzpyrene, which causes cancer. Slow-burning cigarettes release carbon monoxide as well as carbon dioxide. The body senses a lack of oxygen in the blood and increases the red blood count. The blood is now thicker and flows more slowly through narrowed arteries increasing symptoms of angina and a...

2006-07-13 10:50:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking marijuana can cause changes in lung tissue that may promote cancer growth, according to a review of decades of research on marijuana smoking and lung cancer. Still, it is not possible to directly link pot use to lung cancer based on existing evidence. More than 40 percent of Americans 12 and older have tried marijuana at least once, Dr. Reena Mehra of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her colleagues point out. "Given the widespread use...

2006-01-22 09:42:53

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Marijuana growers gathered in Europe's pot-smoking capital on Sunday for a trade show that is taking on the trappings of a major industry fair, complete with scantily clad models, glossy brochures and, of course, samples. But instead of posing next to muscle cars, the models explained the intricacies of hydroponics culture such as the "iGrow-box Intensive Irrigation System" and exhibitors showed off their bongs, grinders, rolling paper, reflective film,...

2005-11-18 12:33:57

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Though water pipes are widely viewed as a "safer" way to smoke, they may be as damaging to the teeth and gums as cigarettes are, a new study suggests. Water pipes, or hookahs, have long been used for smoking tobacco in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia, and "hookah lounges" are increasingly popping up in the U.S. and other countries. The pipes consist of a long tube attached to a glass or plastic container that holds water in its base. The...

2005-10-20 11:24:50

Marijuana smoke contains THC, which may inhibit cancer, an expert says Even though they're chemically similar, marijuana smoke is less likely than tobacco smoke to cause cancer, according to one expert review of the literature. The review, by Dr. Robert Melamede of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, noted that tobacco and marijuana smoke differ in a number of ways, particularly in the fact that marijuana smoke contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) , while tobacco smoke contains...