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Addicts and Cigarettes

Addicts and Cigarettes

  Every addict knows the smokers.  Users smoke while using.  Those in recovery smoke before meetings, during breaks at work, between classes at school.  Smoking is an addiction too, but an acceptable one.  It’s a safe replacement – not because it won’t kill you, but because it won’t kill you today.  Everyone knows smoking is bad for you, that it causes lung cancer, emphysema, etc.  But we smoke anyways.  For some people it’s a comforting habit, … Read entire article »

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Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

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The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

  Dutch scientists conducted a study recently in order to determine what drugs are the most addictive and why. The researchers used their findings to generate a “dependency rating” for each drug. Those with the highest dependency rating are considered the most expensive. The drugs were rated on a precise scale of 0 to 3. In real life, there are many factors that contribute to the likelihood that you will become addicted to drugs, such as your … Read entire article »

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New York City Proposes Increase in Legal Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

New York City Proposes Increase in Legal Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

  New York City officials revealed a new proposal on Monday that would increase the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. This would give New York the most stringent tobacco laws of any major city in the United States. The plan would increase the legal age for buying cigarettes and tobacco products to 21 – the same as alcohol, but it would not prohibit those under 21 from possessing or … Read entire article »

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How to Quit Smoking

How to Quit Smoking

  If you are looking for ways to quit smoking and help your body recover from the effects of smoking, this article is for you. Some methods people use to reduce the urge to smoke include dipping a cigarette in milk, orange juice, or grapefruit juice, and letting the cigarette dry. When you feel an urge to smoke and attempt to light one of these cigarettes you will grossed out and disgusted by how vulgar it is. … Read entire article »

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E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

  While restrictions on smoking cigarettes become stricter and stricter, and taxes on them rise across the country, there is an heated debate over the safety and regulation of electronic cigarettes. Many view electronic cigarettes as a helpful cessation tool, or as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. Although there haven’t been any large-scale conclusive studies, it would seem to make sense that there are less disastrous health effects associated with e-cigarettes than their … Read entire article »

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Quitting Chew Made Easy with Nicotine Substitutes

Quitting Chew Made Easy with Nicotine Substitutes

Nicotine lozenges and nicotine-free chew have proven effective in deterring smokeless tobacco users from continuing their habits, a new Mayo Clinic study suggests. Apparently, the 81 subjects recruited entered the study with no desire to give up their habit anytime soon. Half of the 81 were administered 4-mg nicotine lozenges and half received tobacco-free chew intended to help them cut back or quit. The participants were asked to gradually give up their smokeless tobacco use over … Read entire article »

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Targets One More of Those Dirty Little Pleasures

  New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg is at war with your dirty little pleasures once again. This time, he is unveiling a new public health initiative targeting tobacco products. After his now-infamous attempt to ban sugary sodas larger than 16 oz failed, NYC’s chief now wants to restrict how tobacco products, such as cigarettes, are sold within the city. Bloomberg’s new initiative would change the way tobacco products are marketed in New York, banning sellers from keeping the tobacco products in view of customers. In other words, smoke and chew would have to be kept hidden from customers. That raises the big question: “Is out of sight out of mind?” Or is Bloomberg out of his mind? We will soon find out if New York City decides to give this law a chance. … Read entire article »

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Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

  According to a recent study, fewer teenagers are smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol compared to two years ago. In October, the Washington Department of Health conducted its biannual “Healthy Youth Survey” of students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 from over 1,000 schools across the state. The survey is both anonymous and voluntary and asks a wide range of questions related to overall health, providing invaluable information for communities in the state of Washington. … Read entire article »

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Marijuana Linked to Stroke in Young People

  While marijuana has long been promoted as one of the more benign recreational drugs, evidence is mounting that this conception may be fallacious. A recent study from the University of Auckland in New Zealand has been presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013 linking marijuana use to stroke in young people. The researchers involved in the study reviewed the urine samples of 160 ischemic stroke/TIA patients between the ages of 18 and 55 (average age: 45) and found that they were more than twice as likely to have smoked marijuana in the recent past as the control group subjects. Ischemic strokes occur when there is an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying oxygen to the brain, while TIAs (transient ischemic attacks), often called “mini strokes,” involve a … Read entire article »

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