Daily Archives: March 2, 2009

Stop law on plain cigarette packets

The UK’s largest tobacco company has warned it will take legal action against the government if it introduces a law forcing the firm to package cigarettes in plain white cartons.

World Health Organisation for complete ban on tobacco advertising

Half measures are not enough. We urge the government of Pakistan to impose a complete ban on tobacco advertising; to withdraw the Statutory Regulatory Order allowing creation of Designated Smoking Areas as a prelude to creation of 100 percent smoke-free environments and to raise tobacco taxation.

Young without Cigarettes

Researchers found that smoking cut the people youth. For example they observed that smokers and people with premature aging disease suffer same cell defect.
Cigarettes smoke causes the same cellular defect seen in people with Werner’s syndrome - a rare genetic disease that makes people age very fast.
Statistics show that smokers can die about 10 years before their time. Now researchers may have found a key to this process, giving them unexpected new paths to treatment.
The key comes from the observation that smokers aren’t the only people who age too fast. In their 20s, people with a rare genetic disorder called Werner’s syndrome get gray hair, thin skin, and hoarse voices.
They soon develop diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and weak bones. In their 40s or 50s, they tend to die of heart disease and cancer.
Smokers also age prematurely and tend to die of heart disease and cancer. That’s mean that between this rare disease and smokers there are a link.
Werner’s syndrome is caused by a mutation in a gene called WRN. The gene makes the WRN protein that protects and repairs DNA in every cell of the body.
Researchers collected lung cells from cigarettes smokers with emphysema. The cells had too little WRN protein. The smokers’ WRN genes were normal, but something was keeping them from making enough WRN.
When the researchers cultivated lung cells in the laboratory, they found that cigarette smoke extract decreased the cell’s WRN production — and made the cells age more quickly.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

People who are exposed to secondhand smoke may be more likely to have cognitive impairments than their peers, discount cigarettes smokers, a new study showed.
This study doesn’t prove that secondhand smoke exposure causes cognitive impairment, but it does show that cognitive impairment was more common among nonsmokers and former smokers with high levels of cotinine, a nicotine-related chemical, in their saliva samples.
The study included 4,809 adults of 50 year-old and older from England. They provided saliva samples and took various tests of mental skills, including memory and attention, between 1998 and 2002. Participants were considered cognitively impaired if their overall test score was in the bottom 10% of the group.
Never smokers with the highest salivary levels of cotinine were 70% more likely to be cognitively worsen than never smokers with the lowest salivary levels of cotinine. Former smokers with the highest salivary cotinine levels were 32% more likely to have cognitive impairment than former smokers with the lowest salivary cotinine levels.
Researchers found that not only secondhand smoke can cause cognitive impairment but also age, sex, education, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease play a very important role in cognitive decline.
This study raises the strong possibility that secondhand smoke causes cognitive decline, but further research is needed to establish a causal effect.
Source: Ourcigarettesnews ®