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E-cigarette vapors, even without nicotine, may harm lungs

E-cigarette vapors, even without nicotine, may harm lungs

A recent study in mice might shed some light on why electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are harmful, even when there is no nicotine present in the vapors themselves. A new study may offer valuable insights into the effects of vaping. A study out of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, found that chronic exposure […]

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Cigarette smoke increases superbug’s antibiotic resistance

Cigarette smoke increases superbug’s antibiotic resistance

New research analyzes the effect of cigarette smoke on MRSA strains and finds that it makes the bacteria more persistent, more invasive, and more resistant to certain antibiotics. Researchers call for smokers to quit as they reveal the harmful effects of cigarette smoke on drug resistant bacteria. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death […]

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How to reduce your risk of asthma

How to reduce your risk of asthma

Asthma makes people’s airways hyperreactive, causing them to get smaller and often resulting in difficulty breathing. While it is not always possible to prevent asthma, people can try to avoid risk factors such as smoking, being overweight, and having prolonged exposure to air pollution. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma […]

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How does smoking affect people with asthma?

How does smoking affect people with asthma?

People with asthma may wonder how smoking conventional cigarettes or using electronic cigarettes can affect the condition. Cigarette smoke can trigger asthma symptoms. Despite this, in the United States, 21 percent of people who have asthma currently smoke, compared with 16.8 percent of people who do not have asthma. This article discusses how smoke, secondhand […]

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How safe are e-cigarettes? The debate continues

How safe are e-cigarettes? The debate continues

A recent clinical review has now summarized the latest evidence concerning the use of e-cigarettes as aids to smoking cessation. A new review weighs up the benefits and health risks of vaping. Do electronic cigarettes cause less harm than smoking, and will they help me quit? These are the key questions that people who smoke […]

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Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and how to cope

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and how to cope

When nicotine starts to leave the body after smoking tobacco, people experience physical and psychological withdrawal effects. Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco products, such as cigarettes and cigars. It is a drug that can affect a person’s brain function. Once the body adapts to regular nicotine intake, people find giving up smoking […]

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How 30 minutes of hookah smoking affects your heart

How 30 minutes of hookah smoking affects your heart

Smoking traditional cigarettes causes a range of serious health issues, but many people think alternatives such as electronic cigarettes or waterpipe smoking are less harmful. The conclusions of a new study dispel such beliefs. A new study shows that only 30 minutes of hookah smoking has serious cardiovascular consequences. The practice of hookah smoking, or […]

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How long does nicotine stay in your system?

How long does nicotine stay in your system?

When people use tobacco products, some of the nicotine stays in their system after they quit smoking. Medical tests can detect nicotine in people’s urine, blood, saliva, hair, and nails. Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco, cigarettes, and vapes or e-cigarettes. When someone smokes a cigarette, their body absorbs up to 90 percent of […]

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What are the early signs of tongue cancer?

What are the early signs of tongue cancer?

Tongue cancer is a type of mouth cancer, or oral cancer, that usually develops in the squamous cells on the surface of the tongue. It can cause tumors or lesions. The most noticeable signs of tongue cancer are a sore on the tongue that does not heal and a painful tongue. Cancer can develop in […]