The study in “The Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse” found a significant connection between perceived size and attractiveness and substance use.
Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste. The UN agency said tougher measures were needed to rein in tobacco use, urging countries to ban smoking in the workplace and indoor public spaces, outlaw marketing of tobacco products and hike cigarette prices. "Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air," she said.
A new study finds that 75% of adult smokers in the United States live with some form of social and economic disparity.
E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now "a major public health concern," the US Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably. The battery-powered devices heat a liquid containing nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled, and some experts worry that a new generation of smokers is becoming addicted. "E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015," said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, in a preface to the report.
If you’ve ever thought that stroke wasn’t a threat to your health simply because you’re too young, think otherwise. A team of researchers have found that stroke rates are increasing in people in their 30s and 40s.
Teens who try electronic cigarettes may be more than twice as likely to progress to traditional cigarettes as their peers who haven’t used the devices, a recent U.S. study finds.
There’s really no grey area when it comes to the negative impact cigarettes have on our health. But what about hookah?
Kate Walsh revealed in a new interview that she’s not going to have children because she went through early menopause. I went through early menopause. Women who go through early menopause have the same symptoms as “regular” menopause — hot flashes, the loss of monthly periods, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and a decreased sex drive — they just experience them earlier than most women. Related: ‘I Am Now In Menopause’: Angelina Jolie Reveals About one to two percent of women go through menopause before the age of 40, Jason James, MD, medical director at Miami’s FemCare Ob-Gyn, tells Yahoo Health, and five percent go through menopause before age 45.
It’s important to remember that the FDA does not currently regulate e-cigarettes. (Image via AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) Josh Swartz bought an e-cigarette just two weeks ago, hoping to use it to quit smoking. Instead, on Friday, it exploded while he was smoking it, the Arkansas man tells KNWA.
“Among never smoking adolescents, e-cigarette users are twice as likely to report respiratory symptoms than non-users.” Adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes were about 30 percent more likely to report respiratory symptoms than those who never used e-cigarettes, in a study from China. The increased risk of breathing problems — like a cough or phlegm — varied depending on whether or not the adolescents also smoked traditional cigarettes. “Among never smoking adolescents, e-cigarette users are twice as likely to report respiratory symptoms than non-users,” study author Dr. Daniel Ho, of the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine through a vapor, which contains propylene glycol and flavoring chemicals known to be bothersome to the respiratory system, the researchers write in JAMA Pediatrics.
There’s got to be a less dramatic way to quit smoking. WPTV reports a Florida man is in the hospital after his e-cigarette exploded in his face Monday, leaving him with a badly burned face and neck. Ema Richardson found her 21-year-old brother Evan Spahlinger on the floor and covered in soot after hearing an explosion and smelling smoke, according to CBS Miami. Related: E-Cigs the New Gateway Drug “I found my brother not breathing with his whole face burned and his neck burned and trying to throw up a little or maybe he was gasping for air,” Richardson says. Spahlinger was rushed to the hospital and put into a medically induced coma. Related: Drunk Guy Bursts Bladder in Weirdest Way Possible Richardson tells CBS that Spahlinger has internal and external burns and damage to his lungs.
In 1993, roughly three quarters of people surveyed supported smoke-free laws for school grounds, but the numbers jumped as high as 94 percent in some areas by 2014. Based on 89 surveys in both countries between 1993 and 2014, researchers say the growth of support for smoking restrictions, even among smokers, shows that outdoor smoking bans can achieve majority support. “This and other studies have found that it looks like people may become more favorable towards these regulations once they’re put in place and they get used to them,” said Deborah Ossip, president-elect of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, who was not involved in the study. In 1993, roughly three quarters of people surveyed supported smoke-free laws for school grounds, but the numbers jumped as high as 94 percent in some areas by 2014, according to the study in Tobacco Control.
When it comes to smoking, there is such a thing as “good genes.” (Image via AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Smokers could soon benefit from new drugs that improve the function of their lungs, owing to the lucky few who smoke for years with little consequence. UK researchers scanned 50,000 smokers and non-smokers, including some who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and identified gene mutations that enhance lung function. Basically, smokers with these “good genes” had a lower risk of COPD while those with “bad genes” were more likely to develop the disease. This helps explain why non-smokers sometimes get sick, reports the Guardian. Related: Smoking While Pregnant May Harm Your Grandkids A researcher tells the BBC the genes affect how lungs grow and react to damage. A smoker with good genes “would still have lungs that were unhealthier than they would be had they been a non-smoker.” Related: Millions of Women Suffer From This Ignored Disease The study, which involved scanning 28 million genetic variants in each participant, also identified five sections of DNA more commonly found in smokers that may affect how easily a person can become addicted to nicotine.
A press release explains that American researchers arrived at their conclusion using data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study, which began in 1985 by studying participants between the ages of 18 and 30 and who have now been studied for some 30 years. Study lead Michael Bancks explains to LiveScience that prior studies had indicated pot smokers may have a lower rate of diabetes than non-users, but due to those studies’ design they couldn’t determine whether diabetes came before or after the pot use. The setup of this study, published in Diabetologia, changed that, at least in terms of prediabetes. The researchers write that “occurrence of prediabetes in middle adulthood was significantly elevated for individuals who reported using marijuana in excess of 100 times by young adulthood.” Specifically, among 3,151 participants who were free from prediabetes and diabetes at Year 7 (1992-1993) and had at least one study-related follow-up exam over the next 18 years, individuals who used at least 100 times had a 40% greater risk for developing prediabetes than those who never used the drug.
Marijuana has surpassed cigarettes as the near-daily toke of choice for college students. In 2014, 5.9 percent of college students said they smoked marijuana 20 or more times in the prior month. Just 5.2 percent of college students said they smoked cigarettes every day, down from about 19 percent in 1999. In addition, the percentage of college students who said they used marijuana at least once a month increased from 17 percent in 2006 to 21 percent in 2014.
The very light smokers were more likely than heavier smokers to have some college education, and were more likely to perceive smoking as carrying higher health risks.
New research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has found a consistent link between secondhand smoke and the risk of stroke. Interestingly, women are more at risk.
So why do modern planes still have ashtrays? (Photo: Thinkstock) It seems so antiquated and weird to us today, but it wasn’t that long ago that passengers could still smoke cigarettes during a flight. Related: Pilots Explain When You Should Actually Worry During A Flight This year marks the 25th anniversary that smoking was first banned on domestic flights in the U.S. And it’s been 15 years since international flights finally joined the no-smoking bandwagon. If smoking is absolutely, positively not permitted during air travel at any time, for any reason, and hasn’t been in this millennium, then why does every plane still come equipped with ashtrays? “My total guess would be that it is actually still a fire prevention idea.” According to a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (who asked not to be named), ashtrays are still required because of an old FAA regulation—first drafted in 1995 and later amended in 2004—with very specific requirements for a plane’s “compartment interiors” before it can be deemed airworthy.