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The Global Adult Tobacco Survey

The Global Adult Tobacco Survey



The recently published Global Adult Tobacco Survey carried out in 16 sample countries indicated that 49% of men and 11% of women used tobacco. Worldwide 6 million people die each year and if present trends continue, by 2030 the annual death toll will be 8 million.

Lung cancer tumours in smokers have 10-times more genetic mutations

Lung cancer tumours in smokers have 10-times more genetic mutations

Lung cancer sufferers with a history of smoking have 10-times more genetic mutations in their tumours than non-smokers with the disease, according to a new study.

Children at risk of long-term health issues from passive smoking

Children at risk of long-term health issues from passive smoking



Children who are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke from their parents are in danger of developing long-term respiratory problems in adulthood, even if they never smoke themselves, a study claims.

Smoking - 50 years of progress - but not worldwide

Smoking - 50 years of progress - but not worldwide

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Royal College of Physician's report of the dangers of smoking that eventually led to greater UK public awareness of its health risks. In other countries, particularly those in Asia, this awareness is not present, smoking levels continue to be high with inevitable results for the future.

Ban smoking in cars, say doctors

Ban smoking in cars, say doctors



The British Medical Association says smoking in cars causes serious health issues and should be banned. The BMA has produced research to showing how smoking in vehicles exposes others to toxins from secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke in California

Secondhand smoke in California

Article on secondhand smoke in California, according to a recent UCLA study. If official statistics are to be trusted, the state of California has less smokers than any other state in the U.S., except Missouri. Good for them, right? After all, it has been scientifically proved that smoking is hazardous for your health.

Rate smoking in films like sex and violence doctors argue

Rate smoking in films like sex and violence doctors argue

Films which show characters smoking should be slapped with an 18 certificate say two smoking experts who say research backs their claim that youngsters are inspired to light up by watching smoking on screen.

Live longer with 15 minutes exercise a day

Live longer with 15 minutes exercise a day

As little as 15 minutes of exercise a day will let you live longer. Contrary to popular belief that we need to exercise at least 30 minutes to benefit from the workout, a study of more than 400,000 participants finds that even just 15 minutes of exercise will lengthen your life regardless of age, gender, tobacco and alcohol use, health status, including cardiovascular disease risk.

Early morning smokers at higher cancer risk

Early morning smokers at higher cancer risk

Smokers who light up as soon as they wake are more addicted to their habit and more at risk from associated cancers says new research published by the American Cancer Society. Those who lit up a cigarette between 31 and 60 minutes after waking were 1.31 times more likely to develop lung cancer as those who waited for an hour.

Stopping smoking during pregnancy reduces health risks to babies

Stopping smoking during pregnancy reduces health risks to babies

Study shows that women who stop smoking during pregnancy give birth to healthier children. In a study of 50,000 pregnancies at Southampton hospitals between 2002 and 2010, women who gave up smoking early in their pregnancy had babies that were the same weight as those of women who did not smoke.

New tool picks out smoke-hazard in atmosphere

New tool picks out smoke-hazard in atmosphere

A customized tool for picking up on very low levels of noxious burning byproducts has enabled NOAA scientists to sniff out isocyanic acid - a chemical linked to known health problems - in LA smog and wildfire smoke. This compound is though likely to be at worryingly high levels in cigarette smoke, as well as homes using poorly-drafted wood fires, and may increase as the planet hots up, says the paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Passive smoking a killer with children smoked out in cars

Passive smoking a killer with children smoked out in cars

Passive smoking, where non-smokers breathe in the second-hand smoke of others took a little longer to be recognised. After the popular British entertainer Roy Castle died in 1994 from lung cancer caused by passive smoking, people generally began to take notice. Although he had never smoked, Roy Castle had spent much of his life working in smoky clubs.

Quit smoking! Save the Planet?

Quit smoking! Save the Planet?

In Punta del Este, Uruguay this month the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) gathered to discuss the world's tobacco industry. The Conference agreed on a number of strategies to reduce tobacco consumption.