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Hookah Smoking as Toxic as Cigarettes

Posted on November 1, 2015 in Nicotine Addiction

Hookah Smoking as Toxic as CigarettesA new study has found that, contrary to widespread beliefs among users, hookahs filter out only a tiny proportion of the toxic metals found in tobacco smoke. The popularity of hookahs is driven by myths about their safety, such as the effect of the “filtering” provided by the water in the base of the pipes, but in reality, the risks of hookahs appear to be equivalent to those of tobacco. Finding out more about the latest study and some of the myths associated with hookahs provides good reason to think twice before inhaling smoke through a water-pipe. 

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Smoking Cessation: When It’s Good to Be a Quitter

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Smoking Cessation: When It’s Good to Be a QuitterYou’ve heard it all before: Smoking is an expensive, health-damaging, addictive activity.

A pack of cigarettes ranges from $4.96 a pack in Kentucky to $14.50 a pack in New York. For a pack-a-day smoker, the habit costs $1,810.40 to $5,292.50 annually. Imagine how that money could be used to enhance the quality of life of smokers — not to mention those around them.

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Girl Scouts, Tootsie Roll Take On E-Cigarette Industry

Posted on August 4, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Girl Scouts, Tootsie Roll Take On E-Cigarette IndustryThe controversy surrounding e-cigarettes continues to grow as candy and food brands popular with children battle to keep their names off of the devices. Critics of e-cigarettes have many reasons for disliking this popular new product, including the fear that e-cigarettes could lead children to try tobacco. With flavors appealing to children, as well as brand names familiar to them, e-cigarettes makers could be in hot water in the debate over targeting kids.

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Lawmakers Target E-Cigarettes

Posted on May 24, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Lawmakers Target E-CigarettesThe e-cigarette is a relatively new product that is creating controversy around the country. Originally marketed as an aid to help smokers quit, these devices are now being used by all kinds of people, often as an alternative to cigarettes. Users “vape” rather than smoke an e-cigarette, but critics are concerned about the safety of the devices and believe young people are being targeted. Many cities, and even states, have banned public use of e-cigarettes, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally announced it would begin to regulate them.

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Can E-Cigarettes Deliver As Much Nicotine as Cigarettes?

Posted on May 23, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Can E-Cigarettes Deliver As Much Nicotine as Cigarettes?E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) are handheld devices that use battery power to produce a nicotine-containing vapor, which users can inhale into their lungs in the same manner as cigarette smoke. Proponents of these devices believe that their use can help break a reliance on tobacco-based cigarettes and promote the long-term goals of smoking cessation; however, many detractors believe that e-cigarettes themselves can become the focus of a nicotine addiction and introduce their own unique set of potential harms. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from Switzerland’s University of Geneva investigated the amount of nicotine that e-cigarettes can deliver to the body and compared this amount to the nicotine intake associated with tobacco-based cigarettes.

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How Often Do Mentally Ill People Successfully Quit Smoking?

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

How Often Do Mentally Ill People Successfully Quit Smoking?Public health officials and mental health experts are quite aware that people affected by various mental illnesses smoke cigarettes at a considerably higher rate than the rest of the general population. In a study published in January 2014 in the American Medical Association journal JAMA, a team of American and Chinese researchers sought to determine if people affected by mental illness successfully quit smoking as often as people not affected by serious mental health issues. 

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Unsuccessful Smoking Cessation Attempts Can Lead to Anxiety, Depression

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Unsuccessful Smoking Cessation Attempts Can Lead to Anxiety, DepressionSmoking cessation is the generally accepted umbrella term for a broad range of techniques that doctors and laypeople can use to combat nicotine addiction and promote the establishment of a cigarette-free lifestyle. In a study set for publication in April 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from two U.S. universities sought to discover if an unsuccessful smoking cessation attempt temporarily increases the chance that a given individual will develop serious symptoms of anxiety or depression, or become involved in some sort of suicidal thinking. 

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The Rising Popularity of Hookah Smoking

Posted on May 10, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

The Rising Popularity of Hookah Smoking The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking in America has fallen in recent years. Many states have banned smoking in public venues and tolerance for smoking is ebbing. But at the same time the CDC reports that use of electronic cigarettes and hookah pipes have risen. The reason could be that users fail to realize these methods can be just as hazardous as cigarettes, or even more so.

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Some Stores Illegally Sell Tobacco to Minors

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Some Stores Illegally Sell Tobacco to MinorsLegal age limits for purchasing tobacco are one of many tools for combating nicotine addiction and reducing overall smoking rates. Legally, you must be 18 years of age or older in order to purchase cigarettes or other tobacco products in the United States.

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Can Mindfulness Improve the Success of Smoking Cessation?

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Can Mindfulness Improve the Success of Smoking Cessation?Mindfulness is the common term for a practice that involves purposefully paying attention to normally overlooked sensations, emotions and thoughts, as well as changes in one’s immediate surroundings. In recent years, a number of scientific researchers have explored the potential usefulness of this practice as a secondary treatment for substance-related issues and other mental health concerns. In a study published in March/April 2014 in the American Journal on Addictions, researchers from the University of Cincinnati explored the possible benefits of using mindfulness training to help cigarette smokers overcome a low tolerance for emotional distress and thereby improve the odds that they will successfully stop smoking.

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