Daily Archives: March 13, 2009

Rebel smokes

It’s been more than three months since the Oregon law banning smoking in bars has gone into effect, perhaps still too soon to see any tangible repercussions, positive or negative, aside from, of course, the actual absence of smoke.

Prevalence and Trends in Adult Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette smoking in the United States results in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths and $193 billion in direct health-care expenditures and productivity losses each year. During 2007, an estimated 19.8% of adults in the United States were current smokers. To update 2006 state-specific estimates of cigarette smoking, CDC analyzed data from the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey and examined trends in cigarette smoking from 1998-2007. Results of these analyses indicated substantial variation in current cigarette smoking during 2007 among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trend analyses of 1998-2007 data indicated that smoking prevalence decreased in 44 states, DC, and PR, and six states had no substantial changes in prevalence after controlling for age, sex, and race/ethnicity. However, only Utah and USVI met the Healthy People 2010 target for reducing adult smoking prevalence to 12%. The Institute of Medicine calls for full implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based tobacco control programs at CDC-recommended funding levels to achieve substantial reductions in tobacco use in all states and areas.

Genes May Decide Which Smokers Get Lung Disease

Genes may be the reason why one-quarter of smokers develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), while the rest aren’t afflicted with the serious breathing problem, U.S. researchers conclude.

Smoking Isn’t Falling as Fast as Officials Hoped

Differences in tobacco marketing and promotion and tobacco-control programs are among the reasons why adult smoking rates are almost twofold higher in some states than others, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Workplace Smoke Analysis

The findings in this study revealed that fewer Wisconsin employees are working in places that allow smoking. In turn, these results imply that fewer employees are exposed to secondhand smoke while in the workplace. This trend was evident for all employees, regardless of region, sex, race/ethnicity, or education.

Patients Who Gave Up Smoking Before Surgery Had Half As Many Complications Afterwards

More than a third of patients who took part in an eight-week smoking cessation programme before and after planned surgery were able to give up and most of them were still smoke free after a year, according to new research.

Japanese doctor apologises for smoking remark

A Japanese doctor has apologised after saying that people should smoke themselves to an early death to save the country money on elderly care, according to his hospital.

Virginia snuffs out freedom

When, in the wilds of what became Virginia, the first English settlers met Pocahontas and other natives, they were welcomed with tobacco. Today they would have told to put it out.