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2009-05-15 22:09:25

Fewer black youths than whites begin smoking as adolescents, but black adults are more likely to smoke than white adults, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, suggests lower rates of smoking among black teens may be the result of black parents setting concrete guidelines about substance use and establishing clearly defined consequences for not following those guidelines. Lead author Martie Skinner of the University of Washington and...

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2009-05-15 11:45:00

UK researchers show that a gene can explain why some women find it more difficult to stop smoking during pregnancy, BBC News reported.The "addictive gene" was associated with a lower chance of quitting once pregnant, according to a study of 2,500 women who smoked before falling pregnant.In the first three months of pregnancy it found that 28 percent of pregnant smokers quit compared with 21 percent of those with two copies of the gene and 31 percent without the gene.There is no reason why the...

2009-04-24 22:36:42

The Danish Health Ministry plans to add pictures of the effects of smoking to cigarette packs, including images of smoke-blackened lungs and bodies in morgues. Health Minister Jakob Axel Neilsen told the Metro Xpress newspaper he expects the photographic warnings to be added as part of a national health plan based on prevention to be put into effect next fall. The proposal has the backing of the government and the major opposition party, although the Health Ministry has the authority to put...

2009-03-31 23:01:00

National Survey Highlights Lack of Communication, Uneasiness and Limited Resources Create Missed Opportunities for Smokers to Quit WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Health care providers (HCPs) are one of the most important allies a smoker can have, particularly when it comes to understanding health risks of smoking and learning about the quitting process. Why, then, have more than one in five smokers (21%) never talked to a HCP about their smoking?(1)A national survey from the American...

2009-03-31 16:36:59

New York City smokers will soon pay $9 or more for a pack of cigarettes, or about $275 a month for those smoking a pack a day, health officials said. City health department officials estimate the 62-cent federal excise tax increase, which goes into effect Wednesday, will prompt about 20,000 adult New Yorkers to quit smoking -- a response that would prevent more than 6,000 premature deaths. Now is the time to quit, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City health commissioner, said in a...

2009-03-19 10:06:00

FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly, several prominent doctors from Inova Health System and public health leaders from Virginia held a press conference today to call for quick passage of federal legislation that would grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill earlier this month and a full House vote is expected in the coming weeks. Rep....

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2009-03-16 20:35:00

Swedish health officials say the number of people who smoke regularly has dropped by 200,000 in the past five years. The Swedish National Institute of Public Health said the drop is attributable in large part to the number of women who have quit smoking, The Local newspaper said Monday. The report, published in Sweden's Dagen's Nyheter newspaper, said the number of regular smokers dropped from 19 percent to 14 percent, with reductions seen in nearly all segments of society except for men who...

2009-02-11 14:58:43

New research shows that people living with someone who smokes continue to be at risk of the harmful effects of passive smoking Researchers at University College London and St George's, University of London measured recent exposure to tobacco smoke in non-smoking middle-aged men taking part in the British Regional Heart Study by measuring the levels of cotinine - a compound carried in the blood - at two time points 20 years apart. A blood cotinine level above 0.7ng/mL is associated with a 40%...

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2009-02-10 14:15:00

U.S. researchers said on Monday that many people unwilling to quit smoking are more likely to quit smoking for the sake of their pets' health than they are for their own. A Web-based survey of 3,293 U.S. pet owners, mostly from Michigan, showed that 28 percent of pet owners who smoke said they would try to quit based on knowledge that second-hand smoke could harm their dogs, cats and other pets. The researchers wrote in the journal Tobacco Control that another 11 percent said they would think...

2008-12-05 15:12:34

Non-Hispanic white women smokers are at greater risk of developing airflow obstruction than Hispanic women smokers, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Yohannes Tesfaigzi of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., said smoking-related respiratory diseases are a major cause of death among all women, but the study findings are considered surprising because many diseases more adversely affect ethnic minorities. Tesfaigzi and colleagues at the University of New Mexico School of...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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