Exposure to secondhand smoke significantly increases the risk of severe dementia, a new study shows. Researchers suggest that limiting smoke exposure, particularly in the elderly, could reduce the number of cases or the severity of the condition. Passive smoking, also known as ‘second-hand’ smoke or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), is known to cause serious cardiovascular… [Continue Reading]
Secondhand smoke can be highly damaging to children’s health, a new study reveals, by impairing the reflex the lungs use to clear irritating chemicals or irritants, such as dust. New research from the Monell Center reveals that exposure to secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in otherwise healthy children and adolescents. The findings… [Continue Reading]
Casual smokers may think that smoking a few cigarettes a week is “no big deal.” But according to new research having an infrequent smoke, or being exposed to secondhand smoke, may be doing more harm than people may think. The findings may further support public smoking bans, say the authors. According to a new study,… [Continue Reading]
According to a study, newborns of non-smoking moms exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy have genetic mutations that may affect long-term health. The abnormalities, which were indistinguishable from those found in newborns of mothers who were active smokers, may affect survival, birth weight and lifelong susceptibility to diseases like cancer.
Individuals who are exposed to more secondhand smoke in private and public settings appear more likely to have chronic rhinosinusitis. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, including more than 50 that are either known or suspected to cause cancer, according to background information in the article. Evidence suggests secondhand smoke is associated with a… [Continue Reading]
According to a systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 reports from 11 geographic locations in the United State, Canada and Europe to compare the rates of heart attack before and after public smoking bans were instituted, public smoking bans appear to significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, particularly among younger individuals and nonsmokers. Collectively,… [Continue Reading]
Heart attack hospitalizations in the city of Pueblo, Colorado fell sharply after the implementation of a municipal law making workplaces and public places smoke-free, and this decrease was sustained over a three-year period. The study found there were 399 hospital admissions for heart attacks in Pueblo in the 18 months before the city?s smoke-free ordinance… [Continue Reading]