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Smoking can Trigger Blindness

Researchers from Japan and the U.S. have shown that Japanese smokers face a macular degeneration risk four times higher than nonsmokers. In this disorder, over time, light-sensitive cells in the retina die, causing vision loss. The disease is most common among men than among Japanese women, but this sex-based distinction reflects the fact that Japanese […]

Smoking while pregnant ‘triggers asthma through DNA changes’

They have discovered this could be partially because smoking while pregnant can change the structure of the child’s DNA, weakening the immune system. While it is commonly thought that genes are immutably, except if exposed to radiation, more and more evidence is showing that DNA can be changed by more everyday environmental influences. This happens […]

Study find smokers risk surgery complications

Results from a clinical study presented at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010 found that smokers have significantly more complications post-surgery than non-smokers, including a higher death rate. “Previous research told us that comprehensive warnings about the dangers of tobacco can change attitudes towards smoking, especially among patients coming in for surgery,” said Alparslan Turan, M.D., lead study investigator, […]

Cigarettes which have lower levels of nicotine than conventional ones, may be even more harmful

In recent years, tobacco companies have been marketing “safer” cigarettes made from complex fibers or genetically altered tobacco plants to reduce nicotine concentration. But stem cell scientists at the University of California-Riverside in the US have found the smoke coming off the end of a smoldering harm reduction cigarette, known as sidestream smoke, is even […]

Heavy smoking during middle age can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Smoking already causes millions of deaths each year from cancer and heart disease. “Our study suggests that heavy smoking in middle age increases the risk of both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia for men and women across different race groups,” Rachel Whitmer, a research scientist with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California and colleagues wrote in […]

Houston (TX) Votes 13-2 for Clean Indoor Air

Nation’s 4th largest city joins growing smoke-free trend Houston (TX), 10/18/06–  Today, the Houston City Council voted 13-2 for comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation.  Beginning September 2007, virtually all Houston workplaces, including restaurants and bars, will be smokefree.  Houston joins New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston as big cities with strong clean indoor air […]

Garden City (KS) and Zionsville (IN) Go Smokefree

States, cities, and towns all over the U.S. are passing legislation to protect workers and customers from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, such as cancer, heart disease, and breathing disorders. Yesterday, Garden City (KS) Commissioners voted for clean indoor air in virtually all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.  The law also forbids smoking within […]

France to Make Restaurants Smokefree

Nightclub and casino workers still forced to breathe smoke France is preparing to clear the air in smoky restaurants and other public areas starting next year, the newspaper Le Figaro has reported.  The measure, which could be applied nationally from January 1, 2007, would bring France closer in line with Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain and […]

France Announces Plan to Go Smokefree

France will begin implementing a smokefree workplace law beginning next February, prime minister Dominique de Villepin announced in a television interview. Cafes, nightclubs, and restaurants will be given until January 2008 to comply, said Villepin. “We started on the basis of a simple observation – two figures: 60,000 deaths a year in our country linked […]

Fired Up to Quit – Seeing a Way Through that Nasty Smoking Habit

When Jim Franzen quit smoking in 1993, after 43 years as a smoker, it was his thirty-fifth attempt. Like many smokers who want to quit, Franzen, a Ventura resident and artist for the Disney Studios, had tried everything – nicotine chewing gum, the nicotine patch, even going it alone “cold turkey.” “I’m an alcoholic and […]