Month: September 2011

Never Too Old to Quit

Perhaps you’ve heard of the “damage is done” scenario. An elderly family member started smoking as a young person, maybe a teenager, tucking a pack of cigarettes into his rolled-up shirtsleeve or into her purse. Decades later, despite wall-to-wall anti-smoking…

Lung cancer linked to risk of stroke

People recently diagnosed with lung cancer are at higher risk of having a stroke than those without lung tumors, suggests a large new study from Taiwan. Researchers looking at data covering more than 150,000 adults found that among those with…

Giving up smoking can restore everyday memory

Giving up smoking isn’t just good for your health, it’s also good for your memory, according to research from Northumbria University. Research published in this month’s online edition of Drug and Alcohol Dependence reveals that stopping smoking can restore everyday…

NY weak against smoking

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state collected $10 billion in tobacco taxes during the last six years but spent just 4 percent of it to stop smoking in what cancer-fighting groups called counterproductive budgeting and a broken promise. A report…

Exercise Helps Young Smokers Quit

Quitting smoking is one of the healthiest things a person can do, but it’s also among the hardest, especially for teenage smokers who battle not only addiction but also the social pressure to keep lighting up. Now new evidence that…

Anti-Doping Agency might ban tobacco

GENEVA — The World Anti-Doping Agency can take the first steps toward classifying nicotine as a performance-enhancing drug today, when it meets to update its list of substances prohibited in sport. WADA has received a report from its accredited laboratory…

Smoking cessation 
class starts Sept. 28

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Department of Health and Centegra Health System are offering a quit smoking class for adults beginning Sept. 28. The seven-week class will teach practical ways to end nicotine addiction through group support and behavior…