India: Bihar witnesses highest decline in tobacco use

Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Bihar revealed that overall tobacco use prevalence declined among adults in Bihar but more sustained efforts are required to reduce tobacco use prevalence. Also, the prevalence of tobacco use among age group of 15 to 17 has decreased sharply from 21.7% in GATS 1 to less than one per cent in GATS 2

India: Bihar witnesses highest decline in tobacco useThe Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) is a global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) and tracking key tobacco control indicators. The second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2) survey from Bihar, revealed that overall tobacco use prevalence has significantly declined. The prevalence of smoking decreased by 9.1 percentage […]

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heart

Researchers found that when compared with people who never smoke, smoking about one cigarette per day carries 40 to 50 % of the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. The findings challenge a widely held view that smoking just a few cigarettes per day is ‘relatively safe.’

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heartA BMJ report on the review — led by Allan Hackshaw, a professor at University College London in the United Kingdom — reveals that even if you smoke around one cigarette per day, your risk for stroke and coronary heart disease is “much greater than expected.” He and his colleagues calculated that the risk from […]

Diet rich in fruits and veggies can help reduce lung disease risk

Compared with individuals who had never smoked and who ate five or more portions of fruits and vegetables, current and former smokers who ate fewer than two daily portions were 13.5 times and six times more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD), respectively

Diet rich in fruits and veggies can help reduce lung disease riskThe health benefits of eating a range of fruits and vegetables are well documented; reams of research have already made this clear. For instance, increasing their consumption helps reduce cardiovascular risk, maintain a healthy blood pressure, and stave off cancer, to name but a few. Recently, there have been a number of studies demonstrating that […]

‘Quitting smoking helps in boosting mental health‘

In a reply to Ranjanben Bhatt, BJP MP’s question in Lok Sabha, on whether smoking increases the risk of mental illness, Anupriya Patel, The Minister Of State In The Ministry Of Health And Family Welfare stated that Studies have shown that early life exposure to smoking has been demonstrated to be associated with enhanced anxiety response in later life

‘Quitting smoking helps in boosting mental health‘Few other studies show that tobacco smokers are likely to develop anxiety disorders and depression over a period of time. Some studies also suggest that patients already taking antidepressants or antipsychotic drugs for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, etc need higher doses of these medicines as compared to non-smokers. Quitting smoking helps in boosting mental health and […]

Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancer

Drinking hot tea on a regular basis is linked to esophageal cancer in people who also smoke and drink alcohol habitually. Esophageal cancer was already known to be linked to drinking alcohol and smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition of daily cups of hot tea, researchers discovered

Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancerAcross the world, hot tea is a much-loved drink; Euromonitor International estimate that around 2.9 million tons of tea were consumed in 2016 alone. This comes as no surprise, seeing that teas are tasty and can bring many health benefits, often brought about by the antioxidant effects of compounds such as polyphenols. However, a recent […]

Cancer: A growing threat to the health and economy of the country

A study recently published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology highlighted the effects of premature deaths caused due to cancer and the loss of productivity caused by it. It revealed that India ranks second among key developing countries in productivity loss, as a result of people suffering from cancer

Cancer: A growing threat to the health and economy of the countryIt is a known fact that cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, now a recently released report undertaken by the European Short Term Scientific Mission revealed that India ranks second in productivity loss due to the same. The study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology latest edition, focused on the effect of […]

Health alert: Smoking in movies harms children

Research shows that when it comes to smoking, children are heavily influenced by some of the folks they consider the coolest of the cool: actors in movies

Health alert: Smoking in movies harms childrenWe want to believe we’re raising our kids to think for themselves, and not to do dumb or unhealthy things just because the cool kids are doing them. “There’s a dose-response relationship: The more smoking kids see onscreen, the more likely they are to smoke,” said Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor and director of the […]

Here’s the reason why cigarette smoke affects lung cells and causes cancer

In the study, authors explain how scientists now understand cancer to be a 'complex process involving both genetic and epigenetic abnormalities' that can be brought about 'through various forms of stress,' such as exposure to cigarette smoke. They found that after 10 days, smoke-exposed cells showed higher amounts of DNA damage compared with cells that had not been exposed to the simulated cigarette smoke

Here’s the reason why cigarette smoke affects lung cells and causes cancer  In the journal Cancer Cell, scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre in Baltimore, MD, describe how they used cell-level laboratory experiments to map a series of “epigenetic” events that, over time, may connect exposure to cigarette smoke to lung cancer. Lung cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells in the lungs […]

Tomatoes can help restore lung damage caused by smoking, suggest study

Compared with adults who consumed fewer than one serving of fruit or one tomato per day, those who ate more than three portions of fruit or more than two tomatoes experienced slower lung function decline

Tomatoes can help restore lung damage caused by smoking, suggest studyThe Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, conducted the study. The findings were published in the European Respiratory Journal. Every year, around 55.4 per cent of all adult smokers attempt to quit smoking. Smoking cessation dramatically reduces the risk of disease, including lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) […]

Just trying one cigarette can get you hooked on to smoking, says study

Two-thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a new study has found. Researchers found that 69% of people who had ever tried a cigarette had gone on to become a daily smoker, even if just temporarily

Just trying one cigarette can get you hooked on to smoking, says studyAt least 3 out of 5 people who try a cigarette become daily smokers, suggests to a study. The findings from over 215,000 survey respondents provide strong support for prioritising efforts to reduce cigarette experimentation among adolescents. Lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek from Queen Mary said: “This is the first time that the remarkable hold […]
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