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Use of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes linked to poor sleep among smokers

The study included 1,664 college students, 41% of whom reported ever trying or currently using e-cigarettes and 29% of whom reported ever trying or currently using traditional cigarettes. Across all groups, average sleep scores indicated poor sleep for most students. Similar to traditional cigarette smokers, e-cigarette users reported worse sleep than individuals who did not […]

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Heavy smoking causes faces to look older, finds study

Louise Millard of the University of Bristol and colleagues report these findings in a new study published 31st October in PLOS Genetics. Some people carry one or two copies of a genetic variant that is associated with heavier tobacco use. To identify the effects of the heavier smoking, scientists can separate out the effects of […]

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Smoking can have hazardous effects not just on your lungs, but your eyes too

Despite the clear connection, only one in five people in the UK recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). That is because tobacco smoke can […]

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Warnings on individual cigarettes could reduce smoking, suggests new study

Experts from Stirling’s Institute of Social Marketing examined smokers’ perceptions of the warning ‘Smoking kills’ on individual cigarettes – as opposed to the message only appearing on packs. The team, led by Dr Crawford Moodie, found that smokers felt the innovative approach has the potential to discourage smoking among young people, those starting to smoke, […]

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E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, reveals study

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, concluded that vaping temporarily impacts blood vessel function in healthy people. Using MRI scans, it found, for example, changes in blood flow within the femoral artery in the leg after just one use. The researchers couldn’t determine which chemical might be responsible for the changes they observed. […]

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Scientists show how vaping induces reactions in lungs that can lead to disease

In a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the UNC scientists found that the lungs of vapers, like the lungs of smokers, have elevated levels of protease enzymes, a condition known to cause emphysema in smokers. The researchers also found that the nicotine in vaping liquids is responsible for […]

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Paternal smoking can increase risk of congenital heart defects in kids

For mothers-to-be, both smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke were detrimental. “Fathers-to-be should quit smoking,” said study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China. “Fathers are a large source of second-hand smoke for pregnant women, which appears to be even more harmful to unborn children than women […]

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Scientists find third-hand smoke affects cells in humans

The finding could assist physicians treating patients exposed to third-hand smoke. “Our data show that cells in humans are affected by third-hand smoke,” said Prue Talbot, a professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, who led the research. “The health effects of third-hand smoke, have been studied in cultured cells and animal […]

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#WorldNoTobaccoDay: Smokers at a high-risk of COPD and lung disease

Various factors contribute to COPD, including prolonged exposure to air pollutants and dust. However, cigarette smoking is far and away from the leading cause of the disease. City experts advise that the most effective available treatment for COPD is smoking cessation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco-related deaths are projected to increase to […]

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