Sweet smells can help curb cigarette cravings, finds study  

As health officials search for novels ways to help cigarette smokers kick the habit, they may want to consider enlisting the power of smell. Researchers found that smokers exposed to pleasant olfactory cues, like the scents of chocolate, lemon, or vanilla, had less intense cigarette cravings than those exposed to a neutral smell or the […]

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Reducing alcohol use could help quit daily smoking habit, reveals US study

Lung cancer risk drops significantly within five years of quitting cigarettes

Just because you stopped smoking years ago doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods when it comes to developing lung cancer. That’s the ‘bad’ news. The good news is your risk of lung cancer drops substantially within five years of quitting. These are the main findings of a new analysis of the landmark Framingham Heart […]

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Smoking during pregnancy may damage daughters’ future fertility, reveals study

The findings of this study suggest that cigarette is an endocrine disruptor that can masculinise girls in the womb and that daughters of women that smoked during pregnancy may suffer from hormonal and reproductive health problems in the long-term. Smoking during pregnancy is widely known to be bad for the health of both mother and […]

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World Head and Neck Cancer Day: Smokeless tobacco accounts for 90% oral cancer cases

When it comes to tobacco, the government, health experts, NGOs and other voluntary organisations immediately start talking about the use of cigarette and bidi and its ill-effects whereas tobacco does not only mean cigarette and bidi, it is also smokeless tobacco. International Federation of Head & Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS), a global organisation, declared July […]

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Healthy lifestyle may offset the genetic risk of dementia, reveals study

  Living healthily with a good diet and regular exercise may help people with a higher genetic susceptibility to dementia to offset the risk of developing it, according to recent research. The risk of dementia was reduced by 32% in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to […]

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Heavy cigarette smoking could damage your vision, warn researchers

New research suggests that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage a person’s vision and disrupt their ability to see colours. In a study comparing smokers and non-smokers, Dr Steven Silverstein and colleagues from Rutgers University found that smokers could not differentiate between colours as well as non-smokers could and were less able […]

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Conceiving takes longer in smokers

The health risks of tobacco smoking are well known with regard to diseases of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Substantial harmful effects of cigarette smoke on fertility have become apparent, but are not generally appreciated. Cigarette smoking has a negative impact on the ability to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term. Impact […]

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Mumbai: 44% school-going children are addicted to smoking

  Mumbai’s Prince Aly Khan Hospital’s Health Service Aga Khan, had conducted a survey amongst school-going children regarding cigarette smoking. The survey revealed that 44.4 percent of government school children are addicted to cigarette smoking. The survey revealed: 27% children are addicted to cigarette smoking 6.3% children consume hookah 24% children are addicted to tobacco […]

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‘Reducing the size of warnings, a setback in tobacco control’: Experts

On Friday, the Karnataka High Court declared the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rule, 2014 as unconstitutional. The Act enhanced the 85 per cent pictorial warnings on the packets of cigarette and other tobacco products in order to make it clear and quite visible. This came as a major blow to […]

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Here’s the real reason why it is so hard to quit smoking

Scientists have identified a genetic pathway that contributes to nicotine addiction and makes it difficult for smokers to kick the butt. Researchers at the University of Michigan in the US examined withdrawal responses in the millimetre-long roundworms called Caenorhabditis elegans, which get hooked on nicotine just like humans. The study, published in the journal Cell […]

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