Items Tagged ‘smoking’

March 7, 2013

Some women dying too soon, study finds

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

“I suspect we’re now seeing the effects of increased smoking prevalence in women, which occurred in the 1980s through 2000 or so,” said Dr. Paul Loomis, family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He noted there is a correlation between tobacco use and educational/socioeconomic levels, which are a couple of factors […]

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Tags: Dr. Paul Loomis, family medicine, Leader-Telegram, smoking, women


April 26, 2012

Study: Obesity’s Health Costs Exceed Smoking

By Mystery User

Obesity and smoking are both associated with higher costs for health care. But obesity costs more than smoking, according to a new study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In analyzing the additional costs of smoking and obesity in more than 30,000 Mayo Clinic employees and retirees who had health coverage between […]

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Tags: health costs, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Obesity, smoking


April 18, 2012

Study: Obesity Surpasses Smoking in Employee Health Care Costs

By Mystery User

James P. Moriarty, MSc, and colleagues of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., analyzed the incremental costs of smoking and obesity among Mayo Clinic employees and retirees who had continuous health insurance coverage between 2001 and 2007…”This may lead to underestimation of the true incremental costs, since obesity is a risk factor for developing chronic […]

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Tags: health costs, James P. Moriarty, Obesity, smoking


April 17, 2012

Fort Worth Weighs the Cost of Tobacco Use

By Mystery User

An employee’s money-saving idea is one hot topic in Fort Worth. He wants the city to hire only non-smokers, and that proposal is getting a reaction from co-workers and City Council members. City Manager Tom Higgins presented the idea informally as one of several possibilities to the Council at Tuesday’s meeting…Employment attorney Quitman Stephens said […]

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Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Forth Worth, smoking, Tom Higgins


January 6, 2010

Study: Quitting Smoking Raises Diabetes Risk

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

People who quit smoking are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes after they kick the habit, most likely due to post-quitting weight gain, a new study has found…The study, which was published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed nearly 11,000 middle-aged people without diabetes—45% of whom were smokers—over a nine-year period… […]

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Tags: diabetes risks, smoking


November 16, 2009

Your Health: Light smokers could need help quitting, too

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Some smoke just a few cigarettes each day. Others smoke only on weekends, with certain friends or in certain places. The habits of light, occasional or non-daily cigarette smokers are so varied that experts have yet to come up with a single label for them – though the term “chippers” gets some use…   “Other […]

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Tags: nicotine-replacement products, smoking


November 2, 2009

Break Your Bad Habits

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

A Quick Drag Every Now and Then A friend offers you a smoke while you’re tailgating at the game. You have one every now and then, and you’re not hooked, so sure, thanks. Besides, it does look good with your drink. This, my friend, is your brain battling a bad habit—and losing. As we continually […]

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Tags: cigarettes, smoking


October 16, 2009

U.S. Report Links Smoking Bans and Heart Health

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Smoking, bans in places like restaurants, offices and public buildings reduce cases of heart attacks and heart disease, according to a report released Thursday by a federally commissioned panel of scientists.   The report, issued by the Institute of Medicine, concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke significantly increased the risk of having a heart attack […]

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Tags: Nicotine Dependence Center, smoking


September 11, 2009

Nearly any lifetime smoking ups breast cancer risk

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Women taking the next puff of a cigarette might consider this: smoking 100 or more cigarettes may substantially increase their odds of developing breast cancer, researchers report. Previous studies linked regular exercise, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding postmenopausal obesity as lifestyle changes that can reduce women’s odds of developing breast cancer, notes Dr. Ivana T. […]

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Tags: breast cancer risks, smoking


June 2, 2009

Cigarettes Without Smoke, or Regulation

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

During 34 years of smoking, Carolyn Smeaton has tried countless ways to reduce her three-pack-a-day habit, including a nicotine patch, nicotine gum and a prescription drug. But stop-smoking aids always failed her.   Then, having watched a TV infomercial at her home here, Ms. Smeaton tried an electronic cigarette, which claimed to be a less […]

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Tags: cigarettes, regulations, smoking


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