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Teenagers Who Smoke and Drink Suffer Ill Effects by Age of 17

Teenagers who smoke and drink alcohol are causing visible damage to their arteries by the age of 17, a study has revealed. Tests showed stiffening of the arteries had begun by this relatively young age. These physical changes have been linked with an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as stroke and [...]

By |2018-09-03T11:52:14+11:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

E-cigarette Use Among Youth Leads To Smoking As Adults Finds Study

E-cigarettes and vaping is considered to be a harmless version of the real thing with many manufacturers selling them to the youth. There are candy and a host of other flavoured e-cigarettes that are being sold to the youth. A new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that use of these among the [...]

By |2017-12-20T12:14:33+11:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

What Finland’s Plan To Be Tobacco-free Can Teach The World

The Finnish government has set an ambitious goal for residents in a bid to benefit their health -- and their bank balances. Officials plan to make the country tobacco-free by 2040, meaning they want less than 2% of their adults to consume tobacco -- in any form -- by that deadline. So that's more than [...]

The 10 Things Australia Needs To Do To Improve Health

iStock Images In Australia, one in every two people has a chronic disease. These diseases, such as cancer, mental illness and heart disease, reduce quality of life and can lead to premature death. Younger generations are increasingly at risk. Crucially, one-third of the disease burden could be prevented and chronic diseases often share [...]

Are E-cigarettes A Gateway To Smoking?

Pixabay Images Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to go on to smoke tobacco, new research suggests. The findings, based on more a study of more than 3,000 15-year-olds in the US, last night fuelled a bitter row about whether the devices can provide a 'gateway' to smoking. Many public health experts [...]

How The Tobacco Industry Is Gaming Australian Health Regulations

Flickr Images Australia’s tough tobacco regulations are acting as a catalyst for the industry to develop sophisticated marketing practices. These companies are gaming the system by anticipating regulatory impact and then using unregulated marketing elements to overcome it. Australia has been a guiding light for countries looking to improve public health through the [...]

Are Electronic Cigarettes A Gateway To Adolescent Smoking?

Photograph: Rex Adolescents are experimenting with electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and there is speculation that this might lead some young people who would not otherwise have smoked cigarettes to progress to smoking (the gateway effect). However, after ten years of experience in other countries where e-cigarettes are widely available, there is no evidence that this is happening. In fact, the opposite may be true, that e-cigarettes are actually diverting adolescents away from [...]

E-Cigarette Vapor Found To Damage Lung Cells Even When Nicotine-Free

Shutterstock Images In the US, Electronic cigarette (e-cig) use has now surpassed traditional cigarette use among middle and high school students, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This leaves many parents, public health officials and consumers asking whether e-cigarettes are better or worse for lung health than traditional cigarettes. Now, [...]

By |2016-04-20T22:27:34+11:00April 20th, 2016|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Can Smoking Drive You Mad? Study Suggests It Might

Credit: CDC/Debora Cartagena "People with first episodes of psychosis were three times more likely to be smokers," said a statement from King's College London's Department of Psychosis Studies, which took part in the meta-analysis. "The researchers also found that daily smokers developed psychotic illness around a year earlier than non-smokers. "It has long [...]

E-Cigarettes Tied To Reduced Odds Of Quitting Smoking

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporiser. Reuters/Mark Blinch/Files People who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are less likely to quit traditional cigarettes than people who don't use the devices, suggests a fresh look at some past research. "The odds of quitting were 28 percent lower for smokers using e-cigarettes than people not [...]