Tobacco Research and Reform - Information and Resources
The Tobacco Epidemic
The World Health Organization's (WHO) report on the state of tobacco use around the world tells us that we are poised on the brink of a global tobacco epidemic that could claim as many as one billion lives this century unless drastic measures are taken.
Quitting May Reverse Some Lung Damage
New evidence suggests that people who quit smoking may be able to undo some amount of lung damage that smoking causes. Reseachers have discovered that Clara cell 10 kDa (CC10), a protein which is found in the alveolar fluid lining the lungs, significantly increases when a person quits smoking.
Pesticides Found in Cigarette Smoke
We certainly wouldn't knowingly breathe pesticides into our lungs, yet that is exactly what smokers do every time they take a puff of a cigarette.
Mind Over Matter - Does How You Quit Smoking Affect Your Success?
British scientists questioned more than 1900 current and ex-smokers regarding their most recent quit attempt. Close to half of them indicated that they had quit on a whim - a spur of the moment decision to stop smoking rather than as a result of any preplanning.
Smoking and Ovarian Cancer
It appears that the risk of ovarian cancer may well be greater for women who smoke or have smoked in the past than for those who have never smoked, according to a study that followed more than 100,000 Scandinavian women over the course of a decade.
Secondhand Smoking and the Risk of Breast Cancer
Premenopausal women who are exposed to second hand smoke (passive smoking) on a regular basis appear to have an increased risk of breast cancer, similar to that of women who actively smoke.
Reducing the Risk of Lung Cancer
Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicate that smoking reduction and a diet rich in phytoestrogens may lower the risk of lung cancer.
NRT's and Chemotherapy Effectiveness
From About.com Guide to Cancer, Lisa Fayed: "A study done by researchers at the University of South Florida determined that nicotine protects cancer cells against chemotherapy drugs. In simple terms, nicotine protects cancer cells from dying. It blocks the chemotherapy from working."
Young Smokers and the Risk of Heart Attack
From About.com Guide to Heart Disease, Dr. Rich: "Investigators from Finland have found that individuals under age 40 who smoke tobacco products have a five times higher chance of having a myocardial infarction (heart attack) than nonsmokers."
Male Smokers More Likely to Need Root Canals
According to a recent report from the American Dental Association, males that smoke cigarettes are almost twice as likely to need root canals based on news reports about an extensive study listed to appear in the Journal of Dental Research in April 2006.
World No Tobacco Day 2010
World No Tobacco Day ( WNTD ) 2010 put focus on marketing ploys by tobacco companies aimed at ensnaring young girls and women to a life of nicotine dependence.