Month: January 2010

Secondhand Smoke Is Bad For Smokers, Too

Smokers these days have been all but banished to sidewalks or cramped smoking lounges, but those smoking lounges may make a bad habit even worse for smokers’ health A new study published in the journal Environmental Health finds that people…

State siphons tobacco-settlement funds

If you smoke and itch to quit, don’t look to the state for help. Despite an annual infusion of about $300 million from the landmark tobacco settlement, Illinois continues to spend less than most others on programs designed to prevent…

Cigarettes might be infectious

The tobacco in cigarettes hosts a bacterial bonanza — literally hundreds of different germs, including those responsible for many human illnesses, a new study finds. “Nearly every paper that you pick up discussing the health effects of cigarettes starts out…

How to stop smoking- naturally

Another New Year has passed, and thousands are making the resolution, for the first or fiftieth time, to quit smoking. There is a multi-billion dollar industry for smoking cessation products, which, sadly, are a waste of money for most buyers.…

BP control abnormal in newborns of smokers

Swedish researchers reported in Hypertension, Journal of the American Heart Association that newborns of women who smoked during pregnancy show signs of circulatory dysfunction in the first few weeks of life that get worse throughout the first year. The blood…

ND Health Department touts Tobacco Quitline

North Dakota’s health department says the state Tobacco Quitline has saved more than $5 million in health care costs since it began in September 2004. Quitline coordinator Michelle Walker says nearly 1,800 callers have stopped using tobacco with the Quitline’s…