Women Are More Susceptible to Health Effects of Smoking

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Women are more susceptible to the health effects of smoking.  Women who smoke may develop severe lung disease at younger ages with lower amounts of smoking.  That’s according to a new study.  Researchers in Norway compared 954 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder to 295 control subjects.  They found that women with COPD were, on average, younger than men who had smoked for fewer years suggesting that women may experience lung damage with overall lower levels of smoking.

 

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Mentally Quitting Smoking

Mentally Quitting Smoking

There is no doubt that it is tough to kick the habit when it comes to cigarette smoking. If you ask 100 people how they stopped, the odds are quite strong you will get 100 different answers. But there is usually one consistent comment that comes across. It goes something like this. “I was so frustrated with smoking that I finally said the heck with it. I’m quitting.” It is clear that to finally stop smoking, a person needs to take a mental order to do it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the latest drugs, acupuncture, or whatever. You have to want to.

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Cigar and Pipe Smoke Does Carry Health Risks

Cigar and Pipe Smoke Does Carry Health Risks

Back in medical school, we were told about the dangers of cigarette smoking, but pipe and cigar smoke were clearly seen as less harmful. According to a study in the journal Nature, pipe and cigar smoke may be more harmful than once thought. Researchers conducted a study to determine whether pipe and cigar smoking was associated with elevated cotinine levels. Cotinine is the end product of tobacco and it can be detected in the urine. They also looked at airflow to evaluate lung function. Those who did not smoke cigarettes, but did smoke pipes or cigars were more likely to have airflow obstruction than those who never smoke. Clearly, there is no free ride and I think that’s the important point. If you’re thinking of abusing tobacco, you have to be concerned that there is an effect down the road.

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