Catastrophic Toll Of Tobacco Worldwide Catalogued In New Edition Of The Tobacco Atlas

World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society have published The Tobacco Atlas, Third Edition and released an online version of the document at TobaccoAtlas.org. This comprehensive volume of research and its accompanying website graphically display how tobacco is devastating both global health and economies. A $500 Billion Hole in Global Economy According to The […]

Former Smoker Tells Of Losing Battle With Lung Cancer – Utah

As part of its adult cessation efforts within the Hispanic community, the Utah Department of Health‘s (UDOH) Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) recently launched a series of TV spots that focus on the serious physical and emotional impact of tobacco on users and their families. The campaign features 59-year-old Gerardo Ozorio, a former smoker […]

Socioeconomic Inequities In Lung Cancer Incidence Partially Explained By Smoking Behavior

Europeans with the least education have a higher incidence of lung cancer compared with those with the highest education. However, smoking history accounts for approximately half of this risk, according to a study in the February 24 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Previous studies showed that individuals with a lower […]

Scotland: Cancer Specialist Calls For Smoking Age To Rise To 21

A Dundee cancer specialist is calling for the age at which people can buy cigarettes to be raised to 21. Dr Jayant Vaidya, from Ninewells Hospital and the University of Dundee, believes that after that age far fewer people want to start smoking. In October, selling tobacco to under 18s was made illegal, but Dr […]

Improved Prognosis And Treatment Of Lung Cancer Could Result From UAB Research

A group of scientists led by Professor Xavier Pares of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, has published research on AKR1B10, an enzyme that is detected in large quantities only in lung cancers, particularly those caused by smoking. This enzyme can appear even when the cancer has not yet […]

Quit Smoking – A Healthy Start To 2008, Australia

The AMA is urging all smokers to put their health first in 2008 by making a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking for good. AMA President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, said today that making a clean start at the beginning of the year was an ideal way to tackle the difficult goal of quitting smoking. “Quitting […]

Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke In Early Infancy Boosts Children’s Allergy Risk

Breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke in early infancy boosts the risk of developing allergies, suggests research published ahead of print in the journal Thorax. The findings are based on parental survey responses from more than 4000 families about their children’s allergies and the environmental factors to which they had been exposed before and after birth. […]

Scotland: 11m Pounds To Help Smokers Quit

Public health minister, Shona Robinson announced that health boards will continue to receive £11 million a year to help smokers quit. Ms Robison said although much work had already been made in reducing the number of Scottish people who smoke, more was still needed to reduce smoking rates even further, particularly among young people. Speaking […]

Smoking Raises Risk Of Diabetes

US research has found that smoking is linked to a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The University of Lausanne looked at 25 studies involving 1.2m patients and found smokers had a 44% increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared with non-smokers, with the risk rising with the number of cigarettes smoked. The […]

Nashville NAACP Tobacco Prevention Initiative: An Example Of Community-based Participatory Action Research

When Reverend Raymond Bowman, pastor of Spruce Street Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, brought his concerns about smoking in the African-American community to members of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, little did he know that he would start something of a revolution in local community cancer prevention. […]