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Yale study: Heavy-drinking smokers have harder time quitting

Though smokers who drink heavily have a tougher time quitting cigarettes than smokers who drink moderately or not at all, a study led by researchers in Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Medicine found that modifying tobacco-oriented telephone counseling to help hazardous drinkers can help them quit smoking. The study was published online Nov. […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, smoking

CDC: Almost 23 percent of high school students smoke

Almost 23 percent of high school students  use a tobacco product, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reports that more than 90 percent of those using a tobacco product are using combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipes. The 50th Anniversary Surgeon […] [Read More]

Smoking cessation class at Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital will offer its next series of Quit Smart smoking cessation classes Thursdays, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, 13 and 20, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the first-floor Administrative Conference Room at the hospital, 267 Grant St. The program helps participants ease off nicotine gradually, learn self-discipline and relaxation techniques, and decide whether to […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport, smoking

CT gets more than half a million to fight chronic disease

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $580,808 in grant awards to Connecticut to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in […] [Read More]

CDC study details what kind of cigars we smoke

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down the types of cigars smoked by adults in the U.S. According to a release from the American Lung Association, data from the 2012-2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey found that among adult cigar smokers who provided information about the type of cigar usually […] [Read More]
Categories: smoking
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Study: Harder to quit smoking menthols

Menthol flavoring may make it harder to quit smoking cigarettes, especially for African-American women, according to a new study published online by the journal Addiction. In a series of analyses of a large quit-smoking clinical trial, investigators from the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention controlled for variables such as education, type […] [Read More]
Categories: General, smoking
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CDC: Teen smoking drops to lowest rate since 1991

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to the lowest levels since 1991, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, the CDC released the 2013 results of the the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the only surveillance system designed to monitor a wide range of priority health risk behaviors among […] [Read More]

Teens’ friends more likely to ‘help’ them start smoking than stop

It’s a long-held belief that peer pressure can spur teens to indulge in bad behavior — including smoking. Now, a study by a group of sociologists is giving some evidence to back up that conventional wisdom. The study, sponsored by the Eurnice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and published in […] [Read More]
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State unveils plan to fight chronic disease

Today the Connecticut Department of Public Health released its new chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan, Live Healthy Connecticut. The plan identifies ambitious yet achievable goals in 12 priority areas, including nutrition, physical activity, obesity, tobacco, heart health, cancer, diabetes, and asthma. A comprehensive set of indicators track progress in each of these priority […] [Read More]

The link between smoking and education

A new Yale study shows that the links between smoking and education in adulthood are in fact explained by characteristics and choices made in adolescence. The study appears in the journal Social Science Research. According to a news release from Yale, the study uses data collected over more than 14 years to link the smoking […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health, smoking