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Low-income, rural kids at higher risk for second- or third-hand smoke exposure

Infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. Approximately 15 percent of children in the study tested positive for cotinine, a byproduct formed when the body breaks down nicotine, at levels comparable to those of adult smokers. About 63 percent of children in the study had detectable levels of cotinine, suggesting widespread exposure to smoke. […]

9 December, 2018
nih.gov


How to stop smoking … for good

Nobody knows who first said, “To succeed, you first have to fail.” But it’s a phrase many smokers likely relate to. About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful. “We’ve heard about people who say, ‘That’s it!’ and they stop for good. But that’s pretty rare,” said tobacco researcher John Dani. “The average person makes multiple attempts before they quit.”

7 December, 2018.
medicalxpress.com


High risk alternative tobacco products disproportionately sold in low-income communities

Retailers in minority and low-income communities are more likely to sell and advertise the most inexpensive and risky alternative tobacco products, according to a new study […]. Potentially less risky, non-combusted products such as smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes are more accessible in higher income and predominantly White neighborhoods. Until this study, little was known about the ways in which alternative tobacco products are promoted in the retail environment in the context of the tobacco risk continuum.

5 December, 2018
eurekalert.org


Can e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

Electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products have emerged as “alternatives” to traditional smoking, which is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year in the EU. Advocates for so called “next generation products” insist they are much less harmful compared to smoking. They also refer to studies saying that these products can help smokers completely quit smoking.

30 November, 2018
youtube.com


Sperm count 50% lower in men whose fathers smoke

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

While studies have repeatedly linked maternal smoking during pregnancy with reduced sperm count in male children, a new research showed that men whose fathers smoked at the time of pregnancy also had 50 per cent lower count of sperms than those with non-smoking fathers. The findings showed that, independently of nicotine exposure from the mother, socioeconomic factors, and their own smoking, men with fathers who smoked had a 41 per cent lower sperm concentration and 51 per cent fewer sperm count than those with non-smoking fathers.

27 November, 2018
iol.co.za