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Blood pressure drug limits cigarette smoke-induced lung injury in mice
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is among the most common causes of death in the US. It is a smoking-related disease for which there are currently no disease-altering therapies. However, hope that one could be developed is now provided by new research using in a mouse model of lung disease caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. (2011-12-19)

Cigarette and alcohol use at historic low among teens
Cigarette and alcohol use by eighth, 10th and 12th-graders are at their lowest point since the Monitoring the Future survey began polling teenagers in 1975, according to this year's survey results. However, this positive news is tempered by a slowing rate of decline in teen smoking as well as continued high rates of abuse of other tobacco products (e.g., hookahs, small cigars, smokeless tobacco), marijuana and prescription drugs. (2011-12-14)

Researchers find smoking is strongly associated with squamous cell carcinoma among women
Women who have non-melanoma skin cancers are more likely to have smoked cigarettes compared to women without skin cancer, said researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., who published study results in a recent issue of Cancer Causes & Control. (2011-12-08)

States could see substantial savings with tobacco control programs
States that have shifted funds away from tobacco control programs may be missing out on millions of dollars of savings in the form of medical costs, Medicaid payments and lost productivity by workers. Results of a cost-benefit analysis, published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, show that if tobacco control programs are funded at the levels recommended by the CDC, states could save 14-20 times more than the cost of implementing the programs. (2011-11-28)

Cigarette smoking's impact lingers after quitting
Cigarette smoking appears to impair pancreatic duct cell function--even for those who quit--putting all smokers at risk of compromised digestive function regardless of age, gender and alcohol intake, according to the results of a study unveiled today. (2011-10-31)

Influencing craving for cigarettes by stimulating the brain
Targeted brain stimulation increases cigarette cravings, a new study in Biological Psychiatry has found, which may lead to new treatments. Cues such as watching someone else smoke, elicit craving and may provoke relapse. There are many methods that smokers use in an attempt to reduce their craving for cigarettes, including efficacious pharmacologic treatments such as nicotine patches, hypnosis and acupuncture. Scientists have long suspected that these diverse approaches might work through the reduction of activity in a brain circuit that is responsible for cigarette craving. (2011-10-31)

Doctor suggests tabloids publish daily smoking death toll
While smoking remains legal, the number of smokers is never going to fall significantly, argues public health doctor in a letter to this week's BMJ. (2011-10-25)

CHEST 2011: Embargoed studies highlight new tobacco cessation research
This release contains new tobacco cessation research presented at CHEST 2011, the 77th annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (2011-10-24)

Smoking a single cigarette may have immediate effect on young adults
It is well known that smoking leads to a reduction in levels of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), which is a marker for airway inflammation. However, there is limited knowledge about smoking-induced changes in the production and exchange of nitric oxide (NO) in young adults. Recent research demonstrates the negative impact of smoking even one cigarette, especially in young people. (2011-10-24)

Heavy alcohol consumption linked to lung cancer
Heavy alcohol consumption may be linked to a greater risk of developing lung cancer, while higher BMI and increased consumption of black tea and fruit are associated with lower risk of the deadly disease. Conversely, black tea consumption was shown to reduce lung cancer risk in nonsmoking women, while higher BMI and increased fruit consumption were associated with a lower risk of lung cancer in both men and women. (2011-10-24)

Researchers discover why steroid treatment for COPD is ineffective
Corticosteroids do not improve survival nor alter the progression of COPD and may reduce lung symptoms as little as 20 percent. A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found why corticosteroids do not work well for COPD patients and how additional treatment with sulforaphane -- an ingredient of broccoli and other vegetables -- can improve the effectiveness of corticosteroids. (2011-10-18)

Broccoli-based compound beats drug resistance in lung disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disease that gets progressively worse over time. Inflammation has a central role in driving COPD. However, patients derive little benefit from treatment with potent anti-inflammatory drugs known as corticosteroids. Now, researchers have identified a candidate therapeutic that could potentially be used to augment the anti-inflammatory effects of corticosteroids in individuals with COPD -- a compound obtained from cruciferous vegetables. (2011-10-17)

Smoking cigarettes simulates cystic fibrosis
If you smoke cigarettes, you have more in common with someone who has cystic fibrosis than you think. A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal shows that smoking cigarettes affects the lungs in a way that is very similar to cystic fibrosis, a life threatening disease affecting the lungs and other organs. (2011-10-12)

Big Tobacco knew radioactive particles in cigarettes posed cancer risk but kept quiet
Tobacco companies knew that cigarette smoke contained radioactive alpha particles for more than four decades and developed (2011-09-28)

Buyer beware: Advertising may seduce your brain, UCLA researchers say
UCLA researchers and colleagues have found that certain types of subtle advertisements reduce activity in the decision-making areas of the brain, suggesting that some ads seduce, rather than persuade, consumers to buy their products. (2011-09-20)

Some smokers successfully switch to electronic cigarettes
While electronic cigarettes may be a long-term alternative to the real thing for some smokers, Penn State College of Medicine researchers suggest medical providers should continue to encourage more traditional smoking cessation methods. (2011-09-14)

A step toward a saliva test for cancer
A new saliva test can measure the amount of potential carcinogens stuck to a person's DNA -- interfering with the action of genes involved in health and disease -- and could lead to a commercial test to help determine risks for cancer and other diseases, scientists reported here today during the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). (2011-08-31)

Smoking after menopause may increase sex hormone levels
A recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that postmenopausal women who smoke have higher androgen and estrogen levels than non-smoking women, with sex hormone levels being highest in heavy smokers. (2011-08-31)

Smoking soon after waking raises risk of lung and head and neck cancers
Smokers who tend to take their first cigarette soon after they wake up in the morning may have a higher risk of developing lung and head and neck cancers than smokers who refrain from lighting up right away. Findings may help identify smokers who have an especially high risk of developing cancer and would benefit from targeted smoking interventions to reduce their risk. (2011-08-25)

Extreme negative anti-smoking ads can backfire, MU experts find
University of Missouri researchers have found that using a combination of disturbing images and threatening messages to prevent smoking is not effective and could potentially cause an unexpected reaction. (2011-08-22)

UCSD researchers alarmed at rise in hookah use among California youth
Hookah use among California youth ages 18 to 24 is rising rapidly according to a study conducted by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The study appears in the (2011-08-19)

Gene combination increases risk of lung cancer, particularly in light smokers, CAMH study finds
Smokers with variations in two specific genes have a greater risk of smoking more cigarettes, becoming more dependent on nicotine and developing lung cancer, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows. (2011-08-17)

Cigarette smoking implicated in half of bladder cancers in women
Current cigarette smokers have a higher risk of bladder cancer than previously reported, and the risk in women is now comparable to that in men, according to a study by scientists from the National Cancer Institute. While previous studies showed that only 20 to 30 percent of bladder cancer cases in women were caused by smoking, these new data indicate that smoking is responsible for about half of female bladder cancer cases. (2011-08-16)

New analysis indicates that risk of bladder cancer from smoking greater than previously reported
An analysis of data that includes nearly 500,000 individuals indicates that the risk of bladder cancer among smokers is higher than reported from previous population data, and that the risk for women smokers is comparable with that of men, according to a study in the August 17 issue of JAMA. (2011-08-16)

How do consumers revise their unreachable goals?
Most consumers spend their lives setting -- and revising -- goals. Authors of a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research have unveiled a new model that captures the dynamics of goal revision. (2011-08-10)

The increased risk of developing coronary heart disease conferred by smoking is 25 percent higher for women compared with men
An article published online first by the Lancet shows that the increased risk of developing coronary heart disease conferred by smoking is 25 percent higher for women compared with men. (2011-08-10)

Resistance training can help smokers kick the habit, according to Miriam Hospital study
Resistance training, or weight lifting, can do more than just build muscle: it may also help smokers kick the habit, say researchers from the Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. (2011-08-09)

Early morning smokers have increased risk of lung and head and neck cancers
Two new studies have found that smokers who tend to take their first cigarette soon after they wake up in the morning may have a higher risk of developing lung and head and neck cancers than smokers who refrain from lighting up right away. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the results may help identify smokers who have an especially high risk of developing cancer and would benefit from targeted smoking interventions to reduce their risk. (2011-08-08)

Study: Graphic warning labels reduce demand for cigarettes
Will graphic cigarette package warning labels significantly reduce demand? A new study suggests it will. (2011-08-08)

Brain chemical may explain why heavy smokers feel sad after quitting
Heavy smokers may experience sadness after quitting because early withdrawal leads to an increase in the mood-related brain protein monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A), a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has shown. This finding, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, may also explain why heavy smokers are at high risk for clinical depression. (2011-08-02)

Effects of tobacco use among rural African American young adult males
Tobacco related disease is a primary source of mortality for African American men. Recent studies suggest that (2011-08-01)

Researchers identify mechanism underlying COPD disease persistence after smoking cessation
Cigarette smoke exposure fundamentally alters airway tissue from people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the cellular level, laying the groundwork for airway thickening and even precipitating precancerous changes in cell proliferation that may be self-perpetuating long after cigarette smoke exposure ends, according to Australian researchers. (2011-07-27)

How maternal smoking or nicotine use increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in later life
Scientists now understand more about why being exposed to nicotine while you were a fetus will increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease as an adult. (2011-07-20)

Household smoke increases severity of bronchiolitis in babies
A study by the University of Liverpool has found that babies admitted to hospital with bronchiolitis from a household where a parent smokes are twice as likely to need oxygen therapy and five times as likely to need mechanical ventilation as babies whose parents do not smoke. (2011-07-20)

Research links telomere length to emphysema risk
Telomeres, the body's own cellular clocks, may be a crucial factor underlying the development of emphysema, according to research from Johns Hopkins University. (2011-07-15)

Higher cigarette taxes don't deter all smokers
Raising taxes on cigarettes, a public health measure used by governments to encourage people to quit, doesn't motivate all smokers to stop the deadly habit. Research on the long-term impact of taxing cigarettes, by two Concordia economists and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found higher taxes do prompt low-and middle-income earners to quit. Yet price increases don't persuade wealthier smokers or those aged 25 to 44 to butt out. (2011-07-13)

Menthol cigarettes marketed in 'predatory' pattern, Stanford study shows
Tobacco companies increased the advertising and lowered the sale price of menthol cigarettes in stores near California high schools with larger populations of African-American students, according to a new study from the Stanford School of Medicine. (2011-06-24)

Smoking during pregnancy lowers levels of 'good' HDL cholesterol in children
Researchers in Australia have discovered that mothers who smoke during pregnancy are causing developmental changes to their unborn babies that lead to them having lower levels of the type of cholesterol that is known to protect against heart disease in later life -- high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. The research, published online in the European Heart Journal. (2011-06-21)

UT Southwestern research uncovers genetic link between emphysema, lung cancer
A gene linked to emphysema also can be a factor for developing lung cancer unrelated to cigarette smoking, UT Southwestern Medical Center research indicates. Smoking was the only known risk factor previously associated with both diseases. (2011-06-09)

Long-term study data supports association between childhood ADHD and substance abuse risk
Analysis of data from two long-term studies of the impact of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder on the development of psychiatric disorders in young adults confirms that ADHD alone significantly increases the risk of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls. (2011-05-31)

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