Archive for 'smoking'
Posted on 28. Feb, 2013 by Julia Barnard.
After a recent respiratory illness, my mum finally decided it was time to quit smoking. She’s 73. So I’m sure she’ll be pleased to hear of the research that notes you can benefit from quitting smoking no matter what age you are. The German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg reviewed 17 studies and concluded that no matter what age [...]
Posted on 18. Jun, 2009 by Julia Barnard.
Giving up smoking is not only good for your physical health – it can be good for your wellbeing also. A Cancer Research UK study sought the opinions of 879 people who had quit smoking and 69.3 per cent of respondents reported feeling from giving up the habit. Only 3.3 per cent said they felt [...]
Posted on 21. May, 2009 by Julia Barnard.
Smokers report feeling greater than non-smokers and those people who have quit. 50% of smokers reported frequent stress, compared to 35% of people who have quit and 31% of those who have never smoked. The Social and Demographic Trends survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre in the US was unable to say if smoking [...]
Posted on 10. Apr, 2007 by Julia Barnard.
Small amounts of have been found to help people who have given up smoking. Exercising for just 10 minutes has been shown to reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. In some cases exercise was better than nicotine gum for cutting cravings. Also, cravings remained lowered for some time after exercise had finished, showing it was [...]
Posted on 05. Feb, 2007 by Julia Barnard.
Mothers who smoke whilst pregnant cause their child to have problems with lung functioning. The impairment lasted until the child was 12 years old, although this was lengthened if smoking continued after the child was born. Such children were up to 40% more likely to have impaired lung functioning compared to those whose mothers did [...]
Posted on 20. Jan, 2007 by Julia Barnard.
Statistics in the US indicate that teenage smoking is on the increase.In 2003, 21.9 per cent of high school students stated that they had smoked cigarettes. This figure had increased to 23 per cent by 2005. The rate of teens smoking had been on the decline since 1997, so this increase is a cause for [...]
Posted on 08. Aug, 2006 by Julia Barnard.
Receiving telephone support can help people give up the smoking habit. Research at the University of Minnesota was carried out to determine if smoking helplines were beneficial. One group received seven calls over two months, whereas the other group were just provided with self-help packs. After a year, 13% of those who had received telephone [...]
Posted on 07. Jul, 2006 by Julia Barnard.
Many smokers are switching to smoking light cigarettes as they believe such cigarettes are better for their health. As a result, they have been found to be less likely to give up smoking compared to those who smoked regular cigarettes. However, light cigarette smokers inhaled just as much nicotine and toxins as do regular cigarette [...]
Posted on 26. Jun, 2006 by Julia Barnard.
A recent report suggests that when women smoke during pregnancy, it may cause genetic damage to their unborn child. In particular, chromosomal damage may arise which is linked to blood cancers such as leukaemia. Although the findings are just preliminary, it does highlight an additional risk smoking during pregnancy can cause.
Posted on 20. Apr, 2006 by Julia Barnard.
A study in the US has found that when mothers smoked during pregnancy, their child was more likely to be overweight by the time they were eight years old. 35,000 children took part in the study. This association remained even when factors such as mother’s weight, family income, race and education were accounted for.