Daily Archives: May 1, 2009

Psychiatrists Can Be Crucial to Smoking Cessation

Although psychiatric hospitals are stepping up efforts to help people with mental illness stop smoking, psychiatrists who treat outpatients should do so as well.

Smoking ban in effect

As of today, smoking is banned in bars and restaurants in Rock Hill and most of York County. While that will inconvenience some smokers, it represents a big victory for public health.

Demand for tobacco harming Ilocos forests?

For 16 years, Ilocandia has been keeping up with a yearly quota for Virginia tobacco production as a condition for receiving government subsidy.

FDA Sued Over Electronic Cigarette Embargo

A Florida company that imports and distributes so-called electronic cigarettes has filed suit yesterday against the Food and Drug Administration, claiming the agency is illegally blocking imports of its product into the United States.

Estimating U.S. Lung Cancer Mortality Rates

A risk equation for white males incorporating terms for CPD, duration of smoking and age using the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study I data collected between the years 1960-72 was applied to 5-year birth cohort specific estimates of smoking behavior to estimate the lung cancer rates for birth cohorts of white males by calendar year.
These estimates underpredict the actual lung cancer mortality for the same birth cohorts and the magnitude of that underestimate increases with advancing calendar year and is different for different cohorts.
The difference between cohorts can be minimized if the ratio of actual to predicted rates is plotted against smoking duration after1950.


David Burns and Christy Anderson, UCSD School of Medicine
Adenocarcinoma as a percentage of all lung cancer has increased over time and this increase has been attributed to changes in cigarette design. We use five-year birth cohort specific estimates of smoking behaviors and a model of lung cancer risk derived from the ACS CPS I data to estimate the expected rate of lung cancer by birth cohort and compare those estimates to actual US lung cancer mortality by birth cohort.
Risk data from CPS I are based on cigarettes smoked prior to 1972, and these risk estimates progressively underestimate actual US lung cancer
mortality between 1970 and 2000 culminating in a 50% underestimate. This underestimate can be eliminated by including a simple scaling term for the duration of smoking cigarettes manufactured after the mid 1960s. Birth cohort specific lung cancer incidence by tissue type was examined using the SEER data and the same risk models scaled to the percentage of all lung cancer represented by that type.
Squamous cell carcinoma incidence rates by birth cohort were well predicted by the model without any adjustment for cigarettes smoked after the mid 1960s suggesting that there has been no increase in risk of smoking over time for squamous cell. Incidence rates for adenocarcinoma were progressively underestimated suggesting that the risk of smoking for adenocarcinoma has increased dramatically over time.
These data suggest that up to one half of current lung cancer occurrence may be attributable to changes in cigarette design and correspondingly that current lung cancer rates might be reduced by up to 50% through regulatory control of cigarette design and composition

In Utero Smoke Exposure, Glutathione S-Transferase P1 Haplotypes, and Respiratory Illness–Related Absence Among Schoolchildren

Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Renters breathe easy with no-smoking policy

Renters who abhor cigarette smoking can head to the South Loop to sign a lease at the new AMLI 900, Chicago’s first smoke-free apartment building.