Posts Tagged ‘health’

How Smoking Causes Osteoporosis

Human bone breaks down and regenerates naturally all the time, in a perfectly balanced dance that maintains skeletal integrity. ... read more >>

Stop Smoking to Reduce Risk of Pneumonia in HIV+

HIV-positive smokers are at high risk of contracting bacterial pneumonia – a common and serious lung infection in people living with HIV – compared to their non-smoking counterparts. ... read more >>

Tobacco, alcohol, fat have huge health impact

A large percentage of NCDs could be prevented by reductions in their four main behavioral risk factors — tobacco use, physical inactivity, alcohol and unhealthy diets, the WHO said. Here are some details about those risk factors and the toll they exact on human health: ... read more >>

Annual tobacco payment $75.9 million

The money came from the tobacco industry, with 75 percent going directly into the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund, he said. The remainder is made available for appropriation by the Legislature. The trust fund now has a balance of more than $647 million, said Miller, who serves as chairman of the trust fund’s board of investors. The fund was created by a voter-approved amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution in 2000. ... read more >>

Oral Sex Puts Men at Risk for Oral Cancer

Rates of oral cancer are on the rise among men, and researchers say the culprit isn’t the devil you might think. The rising rates of oral cancer aren’t being caused by tobacco, experts say, but by HPV, the same sexually transmitted virus responsible for the vast majority of cases of cervical cancer in women. Millions of women and girls have been vaccinated against HPV, or human papillomavirus, but doctors now say men exposed to the STD during oral sex are at risk as well and may have higher chances of developing oral cancer. ... read more >>

Putnam County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation gets new coordinator

The cause to reduce tobacco use among Hoosiers in Putnam County is alive and well, thanks to the Putnam County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition. Through the combined efforts of the Coalition and Putnam County Hospital, Chris Shuck was recently hired as the new program coordinator. “We are very excited to have Chris be a part of the team,” said Dennis Weatherford, CEO of Putnam County Hospital. “It’s great to know that the program will be able to continue with effective leadership. Chris brings a lot of qualities to the table that will be important as we work toward the goal of improving the overall health of the residents in the county. ” ... read more >>

Federal lawsuit filed to stop Bullitt smoking ban

Bullitt County’s smoking ban isn’t scheduled to go into effect until September but it’s already facing another legal challenge. Attorneys for the group Bullitt County Choice and several businesses that are against the measure filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, naming the Bullitt County Board of Health as the defendent. ... read more >>

Assembly debates tobacco, liquor tax hikes despite veto threat

CARSON CITY — Despite Gov. Brian Sandoval’s vow to veto all tax increases, legislators launched debates Tuesday on bills to raise taxes on tobacco and liquor. The higher “sin taxes” would add at least $125 million a year to state coffers, they contend. “I believe this state will be devastated if we do not raise revenue,” said Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas. “The paramount issue to me is (that) we save this state.” ... read more >>

Grocery chain says San Francisco tobacco ban is illegal

National grocery store chain Safeway has filed a federal court lawsuit, contending that San Francisco’s ban on the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and stores that contain pharmacies is unconstitutional. Safeway says the prohibition discriminates against retailers that have in-store pharmacies. ... read more >>

Hubble bubble hookah as harmful as cigarettes

LONDON – It may be a symbol of Middle Eastern culture and a trendy pastime for British youths, but the shisha water pipe that burns sweet scented tobacco is just as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes. Research from Britain’s Department of Health and the Tobacco Control Collaborating Center showed that people who regularly smoke shisha can suffer from dangerous levels of carbon monoxide — similar to sucking on a car exhaust or entering a room with a faulty boiler. ... read more >>

FDA panel findings could lead to curbs on menthol cigarettes

Washington — Adding menthol to cigarettes may increase the likelihood of addiction and make it easier for young people to start smoking, according to preliminary findings of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel. The panel said the scientific evidence showed that “menthol has cooling and anesthetic effects that reduce the harshness of cigarette smoke” and this reduction “could facilitate initiation or early persistence of smoking by youth.” ... read more >>