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New research published in Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology indicates that even light to moderate smoking among women increases their risk of sudden cardiac death, and long-term smokers have an even greater risk. However, lead author Roopinder K. Sandhu, M.D., M.P.H., a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says that smoking cessation significantly reduces this risk. A sudden cardiac death occurs when the heart stops and abruptly loses its pumping action within a few minutes. It is a major cause of heart-related deaths and accounts for up to 400,000 deaths in the US every year. For […]

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Smoking Cessation Reduces Back Pains

Previous research has shown that smoking increases the risk for low back pain, spinal disorders and poor post-operative outcomes. Glenn R. Rechtine, MD, of the University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedics reports that their new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, reveals that smokers who do not stop smoking suffer from significantly greater discomfort  related to spinal disorders compared to smokers who quit their habit. The study involved more than 5,300 patients who had spinal disorders accompanied by back pains and leg pains and were being treated surgically or non-surgically for eight months. The researchers noted […]

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Smoking Rates Decline as Cigarette Taxes Rise

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are happy to report that tax increases on cigarettes have led to declining rates in smoking, especially among heavy smokers. Author Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, PhD, a research assistant professor of psychiatry, and her team were surprised to find that heavy smokers, whom they thought would be resistant to price increases, were the most likely individuals to cut back on their habits compared to light smokers. The researchers analyzed data from a large study which looked into the use of alcohol and drugs in people with psychiatric and medical conditions. From […]

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Babies Exposed to Smoke with Lower Reading Scores

Mothers who smoke more than one pack of cigarettes per day during pregnancy may be putting their babies at a disadvantage by affecting their brain development. Scientists have found that kids of mothers who smoked heavily during pregnancy have lower reading scores that children who were not exposed to nicotine while in the womb. Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine report that children of smoking mothers struggled on tests which measured reading accuracy and comprehension. Lead author Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, professor of pediatrics and genetics at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues used data from a large study known […]

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A new study shows that enforcing strict anti-tobacco policies may be an effective way to control the habit and bring down the number of deaths from smoking-related diseases. US and Brazilian researchers report that smoking rates in Brazil have been reduced to half since strict tobacco control policies took effect in that country in 1989. Furthermore, the authors estimated that more than 400,000 smoking-related deaths have been prevented by these laws. Researchers from the Brazilian National Cancer Institute in Rio de Janeiro and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University in Washington DC used a modeling simulation study called […]

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