Posts Tagged ‘smokers’

Why Are So Many Smokers Still Smoking?

In a recent study, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology try to explain why these people continue to smoke in a day and age where the long-term health risks attending the habit are all but impossible to miss. Their findings are published in the journal PLoS One. ... read more >>

Lawyers try to break tobacco suit glut

Lawyers for tobacco companies and sick smokers are trying to resolve a glut of Florida cases that could take centuries to litigate. In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court split up a state class-action lawsuit after a jury awarded smokers $145 billion for illnesses. Jacksonville attorney Woody Wilner filed 3,800 individual claims in federal court, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported. ... read more >>

‘Gross’ disease images best at making smokers quit

To make smokers quit and discourage others from starting, put graphic images of mouth tumours, cancerous lungs and tar-covered teeth and gums on cigarette packets. That’s the message from countries that have already made these kinds of graphic images compulsory. ... read more >>

Smokers ‘more likely’ to binge drink, eat badly and face mental illness

Smokers are much more likely than non-cigarette users to drink heavily, have a poor diet and develop mental health problems, new research shows. They are also at far greater risk of needing treatment for heart problems, breathing trouble and arthritis than those who do not smoke. ... read more >>

Number of smokers in Italy declines

The number of smokers in Italy fell in one year by 1.9 million, reducing the percentage of the population who smoke from 25.4% to 21.7%, according to a new report from the High Institute of Health (ISS). The report was drawn up in collaboration with the Italian League for the Fight Against cancer (Lilt) and the Mario Negri Institute and presented here on Tuesday ahead of the United Nations No Tobacco Day, May 31. ... read more >>

Will smokers quit now? Fat chance

PEOPLE will smoke, no matter what colour the packet is. Young people will smoke. Smart people will smoke – look at Barack Obama: brilliant legal mind, reformer of the health system, builder of international friendship-bridges, Nobel laureate and furtive durry-puffer. Barack loves a ciggy. And so do hundreds of thousands of young Australians – in particular, young Australian women. ... read more >>

Big price hikes for Kiwi smokers

The New Zealand government has implemented a $143 million-a-year increase in tobacco taxes to pressure smokers to quit, officials said. The tax increase, which was announced by Maori Party co-leader and Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia, pushed up the price of a pack of 25 cigarettes by 30 percent, or 79 cents, overnight, the Dominion Post of Wellington reported. ... read more >>

New FDA Regulations Could Change Smokers’ Habits

For decades, tobacco lobbyists fought against any kind of federal regulation of cigarettes and tobacco products — and for decades, no regulations existed. Cigarettes had less federal oversight than both pet food and makeup — in part because of a 2000 Supreme Court decision that ruled that the Food and Drug Administration was not allowed to regulate nicotine without Congressional approval. ... read more >>

Nearly half of smokers suffer from depression.

More than 40 percent of U.S. adults who have depression are also smokers, meaning people need help with both if they want to quit, according to a U.S. government survey published on Wednesday.The survey found more than half of middle-aged men with depression were also parliament smokers, while half of women under age 40 who were depressed also smoked. ... read more >>

Contraceptive Depo-Provera May Weaken Bones

In a study of women who received the “birth control shot” — also known as depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera), nearly half lost at least 5 percent of their bone mineral density in the hip and lower spine within two years. Women who were smokers, who had never given birth and who didn’t consume much calcium were at highest risk, and they continued to experience significant losses in the third year of use, according to the report published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. ... read more >>

Smokers to face doorway ban in new public health policy

Smokers could be forced to light up away from the entrances to public buildings under government moves aimed at ensuring that no more than one in 10 Britons smoke cigarettes. The health secretary, Andy Burnham, now favours extending the 2007 landmark law which banned smoking in pubs, workplaces and other enclosed places, to prevent non-smokers having to walk through clouds of secondhand smoke. ... read more >>