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Cancers of Colon & Rectum linked to Cigarette Smoking

The risks of smoking are well known. Besides causing 160,000 deaths annually from lung, mouth, bladder and other cancers, smoking also increases the risk of death from cancer of the colon or rectum, according to results of a large new study from the American Cancer Society. .. ..As many as 12% of all colorectal cancer deaths in the US may be caused by tobacco smoking... .."Colorectal cancer is no...

Want skin cancer? Please have a cigarette

The January first issue of the Journal of clinical oncology has come out with a damning indictment of smoking. It says smokers have a three-fold chance of developing skin cancer than people who have not smoked before. The report is based on a study conducted by Dr. Jan N. Bouwes Bavinck from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and colleagues. ..The authors found a significant incr...

One...just one cigarette can spoil the heart function.

"Smoking is injurious to health"- this warning , printed in every cigarette carton ,had been a useless tool to bring down the habit of smoking in many. But now the fact that even a single cigarette is enough to do the necessary damage is proved by the researchers of North Carolina. ....It is a well known fact that long term smoking has a significant risk towads the diseases such as heart attack ,...

Cigerettes unsafe during pregnancy

One-third of SIDS deaths could be prevented if all pregnant women stopped smoking, say Australian researchers, arguing that healthcare providers need much more support and training in helping women quit.....They found that smoking doubles the risk of having a low birth weight baby, a miscarriage or a pre-term birth, and triples the rate of SIDS - and if women are not able to give up entirely, the...

Just one cigarette could cause significant damage

Researchers at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, have found from a recent study that there is an acute increase in arterial stiffness after smoking even one cigarette in both chronic and non-smokers. The researchers compared acute and chronic effects of smoking on large artery properties in 185 healthy young smokers and non-smokers aged 22 ± 5 years. 116 non-smokers// were compared with 41 chroni...

Teen brain changes increase cigarette addiction

The brain changes that occur during adolescence may mean teenagers smokers are more likely to become seriously hooked than those who take up the habit as adults, suggests a new rat study.//.. ..Previous studies have suggested that the earlier someone starts smoking, the more likely they are to be life-long smokers and the more trouble they have in kicking their addiction, says Edward Levin, who l...

Low-Tar Cigarettes As dangerous As High-Tar Cigarettes

Addicted smokers sometimes switch to lower tar cigarettes in hopes of continuing with their habit and hoping to not experience the consequences of higher tar cigarettes.// ..Non-filter cigarettes make up less than 1 percent of sales in the United States and United Kingdom. A new study shows the risk for lung cancer is the same for people who smoke medium-tar cigarettes, low-tar cigarettes, or ve...

Reducing Number Of Cigarettes Not Enough

Cigarette smoking is the cause of 90 percent of the world’s lung cancer cases. ..Smokers who substantially reduce // the number of cigarettes they smoke per day are exposed to lower amounts of a potent tobacco carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. However, the reduction in the amount or concentration of the carcinogen exposure is often temporary and not proportional to the reduction in cigarettes...

The Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoke

New research shows smoking after pregnancy is just as harmful to kids as is smoking during pregnancy.// ..Results from a study show long-term smoke exposure in the womb and after birth increases the risk of airway disorders in a child’s first 10 years.Researchers studied the effect of smoke exposure on 1,314 newborns through parental questionnaires and interviews. One-third of the children were a...

Dangers Of Cigarette Smoke

Environmental tobacco smoke produces fine particulate matter, the most dangerous element of air pollution. According to the new study, levels indoors // can far exceed those outdoors because new engine models and lead-free fuels have cut the levels of particulate matter emissions from car exhausts. ..In a study which was conducted in a garage in a small, Italian mountain town where there are very...

Genes Linked To Cigarette Addiction

A new study suggests young people are more likely to become addicted to cigarettes if they carry a specific form of a gene // that helps clear nicotine out of the liver. ..Those with the inactive form of the CYP2A6 gene were about three-times more likely to get hooked on the habit than those with the normal form. The study authors say the interesting thing is they were also less likely to smoke a...

Light Cigarettes - Not So Light?

A research which examined the tobacco byproducts in the urine samples of smokers found out that people have been fooling // themselves by thinking that they are getting fewer cancer-causing substances from smoking “light” or “ultra-light” cigarettes. ..No significant difference was found in the amount of these dangerous byproducts in smokers’ urine, regardless of the type of cigarettes they smok...

Cutting down on alcohol may reduce cigarette craving

In a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental, researchers of University// of Chicago have found out that smoking is related to alcohol consumption, and reduction to alcohol intake may help the smokers to smoke less. ....Scientists for the study think that people who want to quit smoking needs to abstain from drinking in order to experience the lesser effects of a with...

Aggressive Tobacco taxation policy can reduce cigarette smoking

Lung cancer is the most common and deadly cancer worldwide. About 1.4 million people are diagnosed of lung cancer this year out of which // 85% will die before 2010. Habit of smoking is reducing in high income countries, but it is fastly increasing in low and middle income countries. The most important cause of lung cancer occurrence is smoking. Globally smoking related disease causes 5 million d...

Exposure to cigarette smoke when in the womb can lead to asthma

Children, who are exposed to passive smoking when in the womb of the mother, may have asthma at a later age.// ....Researchers of the study had conducted an 11-year observation of incidence of asthma and other respiratory diseases in Norway said that maternal smoking is significantly related to incidence of asthma in childhood. Passive smoking by the other household family members also may contr...

Cigarette Smoking Leads To Development Of Type 2 Diabetes In Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

Type 2 diabetes, characterized by insulin resistance and/or abnormal insulin secretion and increased glucose production, continues to expand unabated throughout the world. The development of new diabetes can be attributed // to decreased physical activity, decreased functional capacity, increased body mass index, preexisting glucose and insulin abnormalities, advanced age and heredity... ..Both d...

Passive Cigarette Smoking Increases Isoprostane Formation

During the recent past, the risk of passive smoking has been widely recognized. Passive smoking has been demonstrated //to exert a variety of deleterious effects, associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease eventually resulting in vascular damage. ..Isoprostanes, a reliable marker of in vivo oxidation injury, have been shown to increase in active cigarette smoking. However, the d...

Women With High Oestrogen Levels Have Prettier Faces

Oestrogen is a natural female sex hormone, secreted by the ovary and is necessary for normal development of breast, female genital tract and secondary sexual characteristics. It is also required for the maintenance of pregnancy. // A recent research conducted has revealed that the hormone is very vital to the physical appearance of a woman. Infact women with high levels of the sex hormone oestr...

British company developing ‘Safer Cigarettes

Lung cancer and other cancers are mainly caused by cigarette smoking and smoking with alcohol ten folds increases the risk of cancer occurrence. In order to reduce the risk of cigarette carcinogens, British American Tobacco company is in the process of testing //their new range of “safer cigarette” which they feel will reduce the carcinogen exposure to smokers. ..The company is testing their ne...

Anti-smoking advertisements to be funded by Cigarette manufacturers

Anti-tobacco campaign is gearing up worldover, as the australian health minister has announced yesterday, that nicotine free gum will be provided to all patients visiting queensland// hospital as a reform to encourage people to quit smoking following which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has asked the cigarette manufacturers to sponsor anti-smoking advertising. ....Ciga...

Nicotine patches instead of cigarettes – New Year resolutio

A new resolution has been passed in United Kingdom which allows prescription of nicotine patches to children’s above the age of 12 and pregnant women as the risk associated with smoking is higher than the danger // associated with nicotine patches as earlier the sale of nicotine patches was not allowed to children’s, pregnant and breast feeding women and people with chronic diseases such as heart...

Zap the butt (cigarette) with Laser Therapy

Bad habits die hard. Smoking is no exception. To all those who wish kick the habit and make 2006 a milestone year, here is some mind-blowing news. Smokers // world over are swearing by Laser therapy that helps in zapping the habit. ....Cold laser therapy, likened to a modern form of acupuncture has recorded higher success rates almost four to five times than that of most other smoking cessation...

Are pretty faces associated with positive trait?

Ingrid Olson, a professor in Penn's Department of Psychology and researcher at Penn's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience conducted an experiment, which reported that people couldn’t resist a pretty face. //The study also said that people associate beauty with positive trait. Participants were given a fraction of a second to assess the trait attractiveness. ..Participants took very little time in...

Genes May Determine Craving For Cigarettes

Certain genes in a person can make him more predisposed where smoking is concerned, according to a new research. This research may result in better cures for the addictive habit. A gene which is called CYP2A6 serves to regulate the// body’s nicotine metabolism. Nicotine is the primary chemical responsible for smoking addiction. ....People carry different forms of the CYP2A6 gene, and this is mo...

Marketing of Low Tar Cigarette Brand by BAT Unethical

An online study published in the Lancet has revealed how British American Tobacco (BAT), a leading cigarette manufacturer has been adopting a strategy to mask the toxicity of the manufactured cigarettes. // ....In an audit conducted to review the internal documents of the company by Canadian researchers, it has been found that the cigarettes actually delivered elevated levels of tar and nicotine...

Cigarette Smoking and High Body Mass Index Increase the Risk of AMD

Researchers have found that contacting with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is higher among the people who smoke and whose Body Mass Index is 30 or higher//. ....Current cigarette smoking was associated with a fivefold increased risk and high BMI (30 or higher) was associated with a twofold higher risk of AMD. The homozygous risk genotype (CC) plus smoking conferred a tenfold higher risk o...

Freak Cigarette Accident Claims a Male Victim

A 60 year old hospital patient died after a serious burn injury that occurred instantly after he lit a cigarette. // The patient was being treated with a flammable gel for a skin problem. Apparently, this accident took place when the victim was smoking in the fire escape. ....All other patients have expressed profound shock after the accident. Hospital staff has confirmed the adherence to correc...

Safe Cigarettes Developed That Don’t Stain Your Teet

Canadian researcher has developed cigarettes, which don’t stain the teeth, when injected with vitamin C.The new cigarettes, named VitaCig, have been developed// by non-smoker Roger Ouellette, reported the online edition of Daily Mail. Canadian company Vita-C Tobacco is distributing the cigarettes. ....The 'healthy' cigarettes will be available in about 2,000 outlets in Quebec and, if they prove...

New Zealand To Issue Graphic Warnings In Cigarette Packs

The Ministry of Health says many smokers are yet to understand the risks of smoking, and so they feel that graphic warning pictures are an effective// way to get the message across. Announcing this associate Minister of Health, Damien O'Connor, today launched a proposal for new warnings on cigarette packets. ....The Ministry wants feedback on whether health warnings - with both words and picture...

Cigarettes Need To Warn About Eye Damage

Experts prefer cigarette packets to have a warning that smoking can cause blindness. A number of studies have highlighted that both active and passive smoking// can lead to age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in UK. In this condition, there is a gradual loss of central vision owing a degeneration of the macula, a region of the retina responsible for fine, central vision...

Researchers Have Linked Rett Syndrome to Mitochondrial Gene

Researchers from the laboratory of Adrian Bird, a molecular geneticist at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, had announced on 23rd June// that the abnormally high levels of a protein called Uqcrc1 in the brains of mouse used as models of Rett Syndrome is causing its mitochondria, which are the powerhouses of the cells to work overtime. Dr. Bird stated that this is the first time that mitochon...

Docs In Scotland Want Cigarette Buying Permissible Only To People Aged 18 And Over

Doctors in Scotland are calling for an increase in the age from 16 to 18 to be able to legally buy cigarettes. This is the latest attempt to deter young people// from getting hooked on cigarettes. ....This call was made at the opening of the annual conference of BMA Scotland. A report released on the occasion said that the current law of 16 year olds being allowed to buy cigarettes was made in...

Light & Mild Cigarettes Just As Harmful As Regular Ones

Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has indicated smokers, smoking the so-called light cigarettes are half as likely to quit than other smokers//. ....Researchers in the US believe that the false perception of reduced health risks due to the supposedly low-tar and low-nicotine brands might be a major factor. Their study indicates that almost one third of the people smok...

Age bar for purchasing cigarettes likely to be enforced

The government has conceived a plan to discourage smoking amongst youngsters, by placing a ban on procuring cigarettes till they are 18//. This would enable the vendors to track down the youngest of the lot who indulge in smoking and become victims to a host of health problems. ....Caroline Flint, incharge of health in the government said "Smoking is dangerous at any age, but the younger people...

Gene Mutations Causing Rett Syndrome Occur in Both Sexes

Recent research has revealed that gene mutations that are responsible for about seventy to eighty percent of cases of Rett syndrome (RTT) in females are not always lethal// in males prior to birth. This has refuted previous assumptions, and can occur sporadically in infant males without a family history of the disorder. A study published in the journal Neurology reports four sporadic occurrences...

Cigarette Packets to Carry Skull-and-bones Sign

Cigarettes and other tobacco products will carry a sign of a skull and crossed bones as well detailed warnings on their packets from Feb 1, 2007, the health ministry// said Tuesday. ....Every package of cigarette or any other tobacco product must bear a skull-and-bones sign, a health warning saying "Tobacco Kills" or "Smoking Kills", a pictorial representation of ill effects of tobacco use and a...

Rett Syndrome In Men?

Rett syndrome can also cause problems in men, according to a new study. Dr Helen Leonard of the Australian Rett Syndrome Study at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research // said the finding meant that genetic testing to detect the disease in baby boys was now important. ...."The common thinking in the past had been that Rett syndrome only affects girls, and that the genetic flaw would b...

US Courts Say No To 'Light' Cigarettes

A federal judge in the US has ruled on Thursday that tobacco companies could no longer market 'light' or 'low tar' cigarettes.// ....The judge though did rule in their favour by giving the industry the right to refuse any force towards the payment of any costly quitting programmes. .. ..US District Judge Gladys Kessler was quoted as saying that the tobacco industry had 'marketed and sold their...

Conference on developing new treatments for Tourette Syndrome

A conference is being organized at Washington D.C. on September 10, 11&12, by Yale School of Medicine. Several prominent scientists from Yale and other institutes will// meet to discover new ways to treat Tourette Syndrome (TS), a familial neurological disorder that begins in childhood and is characterized by chronic motor and vocal tics. ..The characteristics of TS are blinking, facial movement...

Cigarette companies adopt devious methods to ensure customer patronage

Cigarette companies jack up nicotine content in cigarettes, thwarting smoking-cessation initiatives. Indeed many steps retrograde//, and a true mockery of the smoking bans by many nations, inclusion of graphic warnings on cigarettes and other initiatives, as companies increase the nicotine levels in the cigarettes, on the sly, in a bid to ensure the patronage of customers. ....A unique study, th...
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