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Smoking Rates Higher Among People with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Smoking Rates Higher Among People with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

  Adults with a mental illness or a substance use disorder represent about 25 percent of the U.S. population but account for nearly 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the country, according to a new study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The researchers also said that the smoking rate among adults aged 18 and older with a mental illness or substance use disorder is about 38 percent, compared with less … Read entire article »

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Smoking Leads to Poor Job Performance

  Cigarette smokers tend to believe their smoking improves their job performance.  This is due to the temporary, stimulating effects of the nicotine.  In reality, studies show that smoking leads to poor job performance. Hazardous Health Effects of Smoking We all know that smoking cigarettes is very detrimental to one’s health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths (though this number is heavily disputed), or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.  More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.  Those who smoke are more likely to suffer cardiovascular disease, serious respiratory damage, and … Read entire article »

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Electronic Cigarettes Grow in Popularity, Despite Health Concerns

  You may have seen them at the mall, in a movie theater, or in a restaurant.  Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are everywhere these days.  There have been numerous claims that smokeless cigs are a healthy alternative to smoking and that they are useful in combating addiction.  Recently, however, an Italian health minister official said that there is no scientific proof to substantiate those claims, and that they could be very harmful. The e-cigarette is like a hand-held electronic vaporizer, with a reservoir for aroma solution that contains tobacco’s addiction-forming nicotine.  A battery-powered atomizer in the device vaporizes the solution, which contains nicotine, creating a smoke-like vapor that enters the bloodstream via the lungs. Scientists who have studied the electronic cigarette say that the smoke it produces is less toxic than a regular cigarette, … Read entire article »

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Smoking Cigarettes Makes Hangovers Worse

  Have you ever drank too much and smoked a bunch of cigarettes and then, in the morning, felt like your brain and insides were melting?  According to researchers at Brown University, smoking cigarettes while consuming large amounts of alcohol causes worse hangovers than just consuming alcohol alone. Led by Dr. Damaris Rohsenow and Kristina Jackson, the study focused on examining the data from a survey that questioned 113 students from Midwestern University about their smoking habits while drinking. The students were told to keep records of how many drinks and how many cigarettes they had each night, including their hangover symptoms in the morning, such as nausea, headache, trouble concentrating, and level of tiredness.  The blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of every student, both male and female, were also analyzed, including their weights … Read entire article »

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Text Messages Are Proving Effective to Aid Quitting

  In recent news, a review of studies published by Cochrane Collaboration shows that text messages are proving helpful to cigarette smokers trying to kick the habit.  The results of this new analysis indicate that, with help from text messages, prospective quitters are doubling their likelihood of success.  Supportive messages sent via text serve as reminders to their recipients of why it’s worth quitting. A total of five studies involving 9,000 people were compiled.  Participants began with an online support system to establish their goals and setting target dates.  Once they started quitting, they received as many as several text messages a day.  Some of the messages were automated, meaning they came from a computer, and contained either motivational messages or quitting advice.  In one of the studies, smokers received links to … Read entire article »

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Why Quitting Smoking is Hard to Do

Millions of cigarette smokers try to quit every year, but most of them make the attempt unsuccessfully. There are various options available for cigarette smokers who are trying to quit.  But we still haven’t figured out why the majority of smokers who are making the effort forgo these options, such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, and prescription pills.  It seems that they just try to quit smoking one day, without seeing a doctor. It is possible they are simply unaware that such quitting aids exist. Whatever the case may be, most of them make the attempt relatively unsuccessfully.  Sadly, statistics show that as many as 95 percent of those who make the attempt to quit smoking actually relapse within their first year.  Why is it so hard? Recent research has revealed that when … Read entire article »

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The Electronic Cigarette =======0~~~~~~

  Since 2009 Electronic cigarettes, aka E-cigs, have become a hot commodity among cigarette smokers trying to quit their bad habit.  There has been much speculation by many different medical professionals on whether E-cigs are really a healthier alternative than the real thing. Regular tobacco cigarettes for many years were billed as healthy, and it was not known to the people smoking them that they caused horrible side effects, the worst being cancer of the lungs.  Tar, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia are all in cigarette smoke, making these chemicals dreadfully harmful to the body.  Each year, an astounding 443,600 people (1,215 each day) die from smoking related illnesses.  These numbers is calculated just in the U.S, but imagine how many people worldwide die from it.  Smoking cigarettes is … Read entire article »

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The Smoking Craze among Children in Indonesia

  For the past couple of years, depicted on the ever-growing and popular website YouTube, hundreds of videos have been uploaded of young Asian children smoking cigarettes, puffing them down with a blaze of speed, smiling into the camera, enjoying the hell out of them.  How could this be?  How could parents just sit around and let these (what appear to be) 7 year-old youngsters smoke the proverbial “cancer stick.”  Well it is real, and Indonesia’s children are falling into a habit that is known to be the hardest addiction to kick – harder to kick than any drug, including heroin and alcohol. Sadly, more than 70 percent of Indonesian men over the age of twenty smoke cigarettes today, and where the average age of a male smoker was nineteen years-old more … Read entire article »

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The Ridiculous Epidemic of Smoking Meditation and E-Cigarettes

  It was recently brought to my attention (which I thought was in jest) that a new method for quitting smoking is reigning in a growing number of followers.  Apparently, there is a new ruse out there that doing meditation while smoking increases the benefits of the latter. Look, I’m all for finding useful activities to do while doing one activity.  Multitasking is an essential aspect of life and makes us feel more accomplished and proud of our use of time.  However, I’m not jumping on this ludicrous bandwagon to engage in meditation while one partakes in smoking a cigarette.  People smoke for an endless number of reasons that I’m not about to begin to quantify.  Yet, looking at this new (for lack of a better word) phenomenon, in addition to the … Read entire article »

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Take Two: A Second Trip to Rehab

Take Two: A Second Trip to Rehab

  The first time I attended a drug rehabilitation it changed by life. When I initially entered rehab as a nineteen-year-old, it struck me: I had a problem with drugs. But I wasn’t sure. My drug of choice was marijuana, a seemingly benign substance that had brought my life into this. Part of me knew that marijuana was harmful and inappropriate, while part of me found great relief and peace with it.  Merely nineteen-years-old, I … Read entire article »

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