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New Studies Point to Dangers of Parental Smoking for Offspring’s Health

Ladies and gentlemen, more convincing reasons moms-and-dads-to-be should put down that cigarette. Two recent studies indicate the risk of both maternal and paternal smoking for health defects in their offspring. Yes, dads-on-deck, you read that right: Your reaching for that pack of cigarettes can affect your unborn baby’s health, too….

Can Factors Predict Psychiatric Effects with Smoking Cessation Drugs?

Some people who use medications to quit smoking experience psychiatric side effects. Now researchers say they have identified characteristics in individuals that can help predict whether they will experience these effects while taking a smoking cessation drug. Researchers conducted a secondary analysis of a 2016 study known as EAGLES, which…

Smoking Cessation Medications

We all know that smoking can lead to major health issues and that it can worsen other medical conditions. Quitting for good isn’t easy and may take many tries, but the potential for improving your current and future health is worth the effort. And here’s a piece of inspirational information:…

How Best to Quit Smoking

By Diane ArcherJustCareUSA.org Smoking is the top cause for preventable death in the US. If you smoke, the good news is that it’s never too late to quit smoking, even if you are over 65. The only question is how best to quit smoking. Harvard Health offers expert advice. No…

FDA Weighs Further Regulating Flavored Tobacco

The FDA is considering restricting or banning menthol and other flavorings in tobacco products. The agency issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to collect research and additional data on the advantages and disadvantages of flavored cigars and electronic cigarettes. Debate over flavored tobacco products is nothing new. In 2009,…

Anti-Smoking Drug Linked to Heart, Stroke Risks

People who are taking or thinking of taking Pfizer’s smoking cessation drug Chantix (varenicline) should know that it may be associated with an increased heart attack and stroke risk. A study, published the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, evaluated the health records of 56,851 people in Ontario,…

Quick Hits: Statins and Muscle Pains, Medical Errors, LGBT Smokers

The link between statins and muscle pains reported by people taking them will be analyzed in a major new trial led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The Statin WISE trial, which started last month, involve 200 participants who have recently either stopped taking statins due to…

Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds

Researchers found that smoking was linked to significantly increased risks of infection, kidney disease, intestinal disease caused by inadequate blood flow, and heart and lung ailments not previously attributed to tobacco. The new findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, are based on health data from nearly a…

Smoking and the Happiness Quotient

My mother loved her morning ritual of coffee, The New York Times crossword puzzle and a cigarette. As an avid bridge player, she was unhappy when smoking at the table was banned and she had to dash outside for a quick smoke between games. The role of the cigarette in…

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