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Trying to kick the habit? These foods make it easier for smokers to quit

7/7/2014 - As any smoker trying to quit knows, the process of giving up the habit isn't always easy. Quitting "cold turkey" is virtually impossible, as the urge to light up lingers, and a return to the behavior after not too long is common. In fact, nicotine has been shown to be as addictive as heroin, reinforcing...

Vitamin C supplementaion in pregnant smokers improves lung function of newborns

6/7/2014 - Vitamin C supplements may offset some of the damage done to the lung function of babies born to women who smoke while pregnant, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and published in the journal JAMA. The study was released online to...

Smokers three times less likely to light up if they consume fruits and vegetables

4/19/2014 - "We may have identified a new tool that can help people quit smoking," says Jeffrey P. Haibach, MPH, research author and graduate research assistant in the University at Buffalo Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. Turns out, those "tools" are sitting right in the kitchens of people...

Aromatherapy helps smokers overcome nicotine addiction

3/27/2014 - Nicotine addiction is complex, but a simple whiff of essential oils may help put cravings in their place. A small pilot study was recently conducted in which 20 persons who used nicotine products on a daily basis were encouraged to try using aromatherapy. The researchers divided these people into two...

Surgeon General, scientists agree: Cigarettes are more addictive and deadly than ever before

2/5/2014 - So the Surgeon General, with several supportive scientists, has publicly announced that cigarettes are worse than ever. But the attention was mostly on the nicotine content of tobacco throughout the bulk of the almost 1,000-page report. Although several studies and epidemiological reports confirm the...

Self-proclaimed 'social' smokers may be delusional

1/22/2014 - A recent survey by the Co-operative Pharmacy may point to the fact that self-proclaimed social smokers may be delusional to the fact that they are actually frequent or common smokers, with many smoking up to 20 cigarettes a day. In the survey, one in three self-proclaimed smokers (self-proclaimed smokers...

Freebased nicotine has 45 million U.S. smokers hooked

10/24/2013 - How can so many people be so stuck in a "habit" and unable to escape? What if you found out that the third most addicting drug in the world was "juiced up" with a potent, deadly and volatile chemical, and has been for five decades? Let's get right into this one: ammonia does not register on nicotine...

Hospital bans smokers from applying for jobs

8/31/2013 - Applicants willing to work for Florida's Bert Fish Medical Center will no longer be allowed to smoke. Starting January 1, 2014, the medical center will join two other local hospitals requiring their workers to show no trace of nicotine in their system. Next year, smokers will be barred from applying,...

20 questions about smoking that will make you quit

6/27/2013 - Here are 20 questions that engage smokers and help them consider why they smoke cigarettes, just what they are really smoking, and why they can't quit. These questions are posed to students of the one-hour class "14AndOut," and then those answers are reflected upon and/or corrected by the teacher and...

Ninety percent of U.S. tobacco is GMO; hey smokers, you're smoking pesticide!

6/10/2013 - Smoke herbicide and pesticide all day and what do you get? You get a recurring hangover that seemingly needs a new blast of nicotine to quell or "dissipate," but in actuality, the only thing the nicotine does is stave off the headache, the nervousness, the anxiety, the "chemical hangover," and after...

Cigarette taxes cause individuals to smoke less, study finds

12/6/2012 - When cigarette taxes go up, heavy smokers cut back on their cigarette consumption more than light smokers do, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine and published the journal Tobacco Control. The findings were surprising, as they defied the...

Why are men and women smoking cigarettes while serving in the military?

10/29/2012 - The following is a recent interview with retired Navy Commander Donald E. Minnich, who smoked during service for 20 years, and who served in three wars, including WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Reporter: "So you were in WWII and you smoked? When did you actually start smoking?" CDR Minnich: "I served...

Mucuna herb replaces cigarette cravings and helps kick the habit

9/18/2012 - Mucuna, also known as Velvet Bean, is capturing the interest of thousands of smokers who have the desire and the will to quit cigarettes, but can't handle the first couple of weeks of rollercoaster-like mood swings and basic withdrawal symptoms. The L-Dopa content of the unprocessed Mucuna bean powder...

Are cigarette smokers inhaling fumes from plastic?

8/29/2012 - Cigarette filters may look like harmless cotton bound up in a tight little roll surrounded by yellow paper, but filters are specifically designed and manufactured with a plastic called cellulose acetate, used to accumulate smoke components and toxic chemicals. First of all, nicotine cannot be delivered...

Understanding the war between nicotine and dopamine helps smokers quit

7/27/2012 - Every smoker and ex-smoker knows that nicotine is the major culprit of the smoking addiction. In addition, they may even know that cigarette manufacturers use ammonia to free-base nicotine in order to boost it's addictive hook up to 35 times. Yet, scarce is the man or woman who understands how nicotine...

New research reveals breathing pattern of smokers deepens the addiction

5/29/2012 9:52:41 AM - Ask nearly any smoker or ex-smoker why cigarettes are so addicting and they'll probably say, "It's the nicotine." But delve further into the hook, and what is revealed is that most smokers breathe quite differently while smoking than they do when they're not, aiding in relaxation by simply engaging...

Cannabis smokers show greater lung capacity and lower cancer levels than non-smokers

5/27/2012 - For many years, the demonizing claims being made against cannabis have been crumbling as research slowly dispels them. Fifty years ago people earnestly believed that the consumption of cannabis was directly linked to the development of an array of mental illnesses, and violent and hypersexual behavior. Medical...

Dangerous glass fibers in cigarettes worsen lung damage for smokers

5/4/2012 - Shocking new research reveals that a specific type of lung cancer many smokers develop comes from tiny tears in their lung tissue caused by microscopic glass fibers, also known as glass wool, found in many conventional cigarette filters. These rips in the epithelial (soft) tissue fuel the development...

Quit smoking now - 5 strategies that really work

3/7/2012 - Most people who smoke at least a pack of cigarettes per day have tried to quit at some point in their smoking "career," but unfortunately returned to smoking, mainly because quitting involves combining several strategies and behavioral modifications, it's not just about the nicotine. In fact, smokers...

Just Being Overweight Shortens Life: Effects of Excess Weight may Match Smoking

3/26/2009 - A study conducted in Sweden spanning almost four decades has suggested that overweight persons, and not just those who were obese, may also be subjected to increased risk of premature death. It also suggested that the adverse effects of excess weight on mortality may be as significant as smoking cigarettes. Details...

Weight Gain: A New Reason to Get Smokers to Kick the Habit

1/21/2009 - Smoking is bad for health, period. Its ill-effects extend beyond respiratory issues and lung cancer to other parts of the body, too. It, for example, has also been linked in recent studies to bladder cancer and colorectal cancer. And now, research in Finland has revealed that smoking during adolescence...

Smokers pose huge burden on employers with extra sick days and lower productivity

5/2/2007 - Separate studies on two continents have concluded smoking is associated with decreased productivity on the job, both in the civilian and military sectors. The studies were published in the April 2007 issue of the journal Tobacco Control. "In both the civilian and military sectors, smoking has been...

Most Americans agree smokers should pay more for health insurance

11/16/2006 - A new survey published this week indicates that most Americans believe smokers and the obese should pay more for health insurance. However, those surveyed were unsure how to assist the millions of citizens who currently have no health insurance. More than 1,500 people were surveyed for the study,...

Smoking out the links between nutrition and oral cancer (press release)

10/6/2006 - Every year, nearly 300,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with oral cancer. This type of cancer has the highest incidence in people who use tobacco, including cigarettes, but the means by which tobacco promotes the development of oral cancer is unknown. Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition...

Why we should bar smokers from taxpayer-funded health care coverage

3/6/2005 - Is it time to ban cigarettes yet? In this essay, I'm going to give you three different perspectives on the issue. From one perspective, the public health view that says cigarettes are a deadly product that causes untold pain, suffering and death in the American population. From another view, I'll talk...

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