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Obesity combined with exposure to cigarette smoke may pose new health concerns
Millions of people who are obese and smoke tobacco may face additional health problems -- including their responses to common prescription medicines -- that extend beyond the well-known links with cancer, heart attacks and stroke, according to a report presented here today at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The risks may extend to non-smokers who inhale smoke from cigarettes smouldering nearby. (2013-09-11)

New mutation identified, associated with better survival in lung cancer patients
Japanese researchers have identified a mutation associated with a higher incidence of lung cancer in Japanese women who do not smoke, but better survival in lung cancer patients. In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, the team from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies shows that a single nucleotide polymorphism in a gene that protects cells from oxidative stress is found four times more frequently in women than in men. (2013-09-11)

Rim Fire update Sept. 9, 2013
The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions. (2013-09-09)

World Heart Federation calls on all countries to follow example of Finland, New Zealand
As the Tobacco End Game conference takes place in New Delhi, India, this week, The World Heart Federation today calls on countries worldwide to follow the example set by nations such as Finland, New Zealand, and Scotland to set a target year to end tobacco use in their populations. (2013-09-09)

Toward understanding the health effects of waterpipe or 'hookah' smoking
With water pipes or hookahs gaining popularity, scientists today described a step toward establishing their health risks. In a study that they said provides no support for the notion that hookahs are safer than cigarettes, they reported that hookah smoke and tobacco contain lower levels of four toxic metals. It was part of the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society being held here this week. (2013-09-08)

Smoking + asthma + pregnant = a dangerous combination
New research shows that pregnant women who smoke as well as having asthma are greatly increasing the risk of complications for themselves and their unborn children. (2013-09-05)

Back of pack health warnings make little impact on teen smokers
Back of pack picture or text warnings depicting the dangers of smoking, make little impact on teen smokers, particularly those who smoke regularly, suggests research published online in Tobacco Control. (2013-09-04)

Ashtray availability, signage may determine success of smoke-free legislation
Signs banning smoking may not have as much of an impact on secondhand smoke concentrations as the presence of ashtrays or ashtray equivalents. (2013-09-04)

Fires in Bolivia Aug. 31, 2013
Fires burned throughout Bolivia in late Aug. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on Aug. 31, 2013. (2013-09-03)

STEMI incidence falls in southern Switzerland after smoking ban implemented
STEMI incidence fell in southern Switzerland after implementation of the smoking ban in public places, reveals research presented at the ESC Congress today by Dr. Alessandra Pia Porretta from Switzerland. (2013-08-31)

Smokers who survive to 70 still lose 4 years of life
Smokers who survive to 70 still lose an average of four years of life, according to findings from the Whitehall study presented at ESC Congress 2013 today by Dr. Jonathan Emberson from the UK. (2013-08-31)

Alaska tundra shows surprising resilience after unprecedented fire
Despite the size and severity of the massive 2007 Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska's North Slope, much of the arctic vegetation has recovered and the tundra is likely to return to its pre-fire condition according to University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Syndonia (2013-08-30)

New insights on wildfire smoke could improve climate change models
By viewing particles captured during the 2011 Las Conchas fire in New Mexico under a field emission scanning electron microscope, Michigan Tech scientists found that there's more to tar balls and soot than meets the naked eye. (2013-08-30)

Rim Fire Update Aug. 26, 2013
The Rim Fire in northeastern California continues to burn on the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and the Bureau of Land Management and State responsibility land. (2013-08-26)

Rim Fire in California
The Rim Fire began in California on Aug. 17, 2013. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. This fire is treacherous and has tripled in size in the last few days to now over 106,000 acres. (2013-08-23)

New findings lead researchers to call for worldwide recording of smoking in death registries
Researchers today [Friday 23 August] call for official death registries in all countries to record whether the dead person was a smoker, in a research Article published in The Lancet. (2013-08-22)

Agricultural fires in central Africa
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite detected hundreds of fires burning in central Africa on Aug. 21, 2013. (2013-08-22)

Stroke risk similar among men and women smokers worldwide
Stroke risk among smokers is high for men and women worldwide. In Western countries, the risk of stroke associated with smoking may be higher in women than in men. Compared with non-smokers, women who smoke may be more at risk than men who smoke for the most deadly, but less common, type of stroke. (2013-08-22)

Traffic pollution and wood smoke increases asthma in adults
Asthma sufferers frequently exposed to heavy traffic pollution or smoke from wood fire heaters, experienced a significant worsening of symptoms, a new University of Melbourne led study has found (2013-08-20)

Wildfires persist in California
Several fires are currently raging in central and northern California. These fires can be seen in this natural-color Terra satellite image taken by the MODIS instrument on Aug. 18, 2013. (2013-08-19)

Fires in eastern Russia -- Urals and Siberia
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite detected dozens of fires burning in eastern Russia in this satellite image captured on August 15, 2013. The fires are outlined in red. Smoke appears as grayish, wispy air currents. (2013-08-16)

Psychiatric patients given smoking-cessation treatment less likely to be rehospitalized
Patients who participated in a smoking-cessation program during hospitalization for mental illness were able to quit smoking and were less likely to be hospitalized again for their psychiatric conditions, according to a new study led by a Stanford University School of Medicine scientist. (2013-08-15)

2 wildfires in Idaho
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Idaho's two large fires on Aug. 10, 2013. (2013-08-12)

Gold Pan Complex Fire
Lightning ignited the Gold Pan Complex Fire on July 16, 2013, in the River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (2013-08-12)

Young beer-drinkers binge-drink more frequently
Beer is the favorite alcoholic beverage among young Swiss men. Those who prefer beer display riskier drinking patterns and consume cannabis or other illicit substances more frequently than people who do not have a preference for a particular alcoholic drink. Researchers from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich and Lausanne University Hospital also reveal that binge and volume drinkers tend to consume other substances and become involved in accidents, arguments or brawls more frequently. (2013-08-12)

Oregon burning
On July 26, 2013, thunderstorms passed over southern Oregon, and lightning ignited dozens of difficult-to-control wildfires. (2013-08-07)

Conference: Wildland Fire in the Appalachians
The objective of the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists and the Association for Fire Ecology as sponsors of the conference is for fire managers and researchers to learn from each other so they can better understand problems specific to the highly diverse Appalachian Mountains and work together to solve those problems. (2013-08-06)

Abused children found to smoke more as teens and adults
Researchers have long suspected some kind of link between childhood abuse and smoking. But in an interesting twist, a new study from the University of Washington finds a connection not between whether or not an abused child will ever begin smoking, but to how much they smoke once they do start. (2013-08-05)

LA BioMed researchers find maternal smoking linked to asthma in the third generation
A study finds for the first time that the third generation's asthma may be linked to maternal smoking. (2013-08-05)

No-smoking law in Colorado casinos led to fewer ambulance calls
When smoking was banned from casinos in Colorado, ambulance calls to casinos in Gilpin County dropped about 20 percent, according to research reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. (2013-08-05)

Feelings for fetus may vary smoking amount
In a small new study in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, researchers report that pregnant smokers who felt less emotional attachment to their fetuses may have smoked more than women with greater feelings of attachment. (2013-08-05)

Smoke-free casinos reduce medical emergencies
Commercial casinos throughout the country are often exempt from smoke-free workplace laws. Now a new study led by UC San Francisco has found that when smoking is banned in casinos, it results in considerably fewer emergency calls for ambulances. (2013-08-05)

Pollutants from incense smoke cause human lung-cell inflammation
Burning incense, a popular cultural practice in Arabian Gulf countries and elsewhere, generates indoor air pollutants that may cause inflammation in human lung cells, say researchers in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2013-08-02)

Climate science boost with tropical aerosols profile
The seasonal influence of aerosols on Australia's tropical climate can now be included in climate models following completion of the first long-term study of fine smoke particles generated by burning of the savanna open woodland and grassland. (2013-08-01)

Young cannabis-smokers aware of the health risks
Young Swiss men who drink alcohol and smoke tobacco or cannabis read up on addictive substances more frequently than their abstinent peers. They report their knowledge of the health risks as very good whereas abstainers rate themselves as poorer in this respect. Preventive measures that are solely based on providing information come up short for informed young consumers. These insights were gained by researchers from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich. (2013-07-29)

Protocol for a clinical study on reduced toxicant prototype cigarettes published
British American Tobacco has published the protocol for a clinical study designed to determine whether using reduced-toxicant prototype cigarettes that reduce smokers' exposure to smoke toxicants impacts biological effect (ISRCTN81286286). This clinical study follows a previous shorter-term study and will assess whether reduced exposure can be maintained over the longer term and whether exposure reduction results in detectable changes in biological effect. (2013-07-29)

Oregon's Sunnyside Turnoff Fire
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of smoke from northern Oregon's Sunnyside Turnoff Fire on July 25 as the satellite passed overhead in space. (2013-07-26)

Fires in Northern Territory Australia
On July 23 the Aqua satellite flew over the region, allowing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument flying aboard to capture this true-color image of the winter's fires. (2013-07-25)

Fires in Eastern Russian and Siberia
Forest fires are burning north and east of Russia's Irkutsk Oblast. (2013-07-22)

82 percent of adults support banning smoking when kids are in the car
A new poll shows 82 percent of adults support banning smoking in cars when children under 13 are riding in the vehicle. (2013-07-22)

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