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CDC: E-Cigarette use spikes among middle, high school students

Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products this week. Findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey show that e-cigarette use (use on at least […] [Read More]
Categories: smoking

Secondhand smoke exposure falls, but 58 million still exposed

Although secondhand smoke exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 and 2012, one in four nonsmokers — 58 million people — are still exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show […] [Read More]

Griffin Hospital in Derby hosts series of health talks

Griffin Hospital wants to help individuals keep their New Year’s Resolutions for better health with a series of free talks in January and February. The three talks will focus on losing weight, getting better sleep and quitting smoking, offering health education as well as information on services Griffin offers to help the resolutions stick. Each […] [Read More]
Categories: Derby, General, obesity, smoking

Yale study: Hypertension medication might help you quit smoking

Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension that reduces stress and enhances cognition, shows promise as a smoking cessation aid. The study was published online Dec. 17 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. […] [Read More]
Categories: hypertension, smoking

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]