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It’s Radon Action Month — are you at risk?

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Did you know that January is National Radon Action Month? Well, in honor of that, the state Department of Public Health urges Connecticut residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Health officials estimate that radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in […] [Read More]
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Lung cancer talk in Derby on Tuesday

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In recognition of The Great American Smokeout and Griffin Hospital’s new Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program, the hospital will host a free talk entitled “Lung Cancer: Know Your Risks, Know Your Options” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division St., Derby. Presented by Pulmonary Specialist […] [Read More]

CDC launches frank “Tips from former smokers” campaign

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With the Food and Drug Administration still reeling from the recent ruling that declared its controversial cigarette labels unconstitutional, you wouldn’t think it would be the best time to launch another anti-smoking campaign that graphically depicts the consequences of lighting up. Well, the Centers for Disease Control an Prevention think it’s a swell time for […] [Read More]

Study: More than 800,000 lives saved by anti-smoking efforts

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A new study reports that more than 800,000 lives were saved in the United States between 1975 and 2000 thanks to anti-smoking measures. That number was reached partly by using a mathematical model developed at Yale University. Below is a press release on the study, put out by Yale: More than 800,000 lives were saved […] [Read More]

American Lung Association gives Connecticut mixed grades in tobacco ‘report card’

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Yesterday the American Lung Association released its State of Tobacco Control 2012 report — an annual report card that monitors progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state levels. Most states, including Connecticut, scored at least one “F” on their report card. States were graded on four main areas: tobacco prevention and […] [Read More]

Naugatuck Valley Health District handing out radon kits

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As you likely know from reading my story in Sunday’s Connecticut Post, this is National Radon Action Month. The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) is working with the state Department of Public Health in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect […] [Read More]

Happy Great American Smokeout day!

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Today is the Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society-sponsored event that encourages all smokers to kick their habit and aim for better health. You can read a story linked to the smokeout (about a possible anti-smoking vaccine in the works) in today’s Connecticut Post (or by clicking here). Also, here are a few no-so-fun […] [Read More]

U-Conn researcher gets grant to develop smoking vaccine

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Biologists at the University of Connecticut are developing a novel vaccine that uses the body’s immune system to combat the addictive properties of nicotine. If successful, it would be the first vaccine of its kind to help people stop smoking. Dr. Peter Burkhard, an associate professor of molecular and cell biology in UConn’s College of […] [Read More]

Lung cancer vigil taking place Friday

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The Lung Cancer Alliance and Team Rose are sponsoring a lung cancer vigil Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Paradise Green Gazebo in Stratford. The vigil is part of the National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil effort.  In honor of this being Lung Cancer Awareness Month,  vigils will be held in […] [Read More]
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Study: The chill of menthol might make smoking more addictive

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A research team from Yale and the University of Connecticut has found that the cooling effect of menthol may actually cause people to smoke more and become addicted to cigarettes because it reduces the protective respiratory response to irritants in cigarette smoke. The study appears online in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies […] [Read More]
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