Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, answers this one.
Most people associate cigarette smoking with breathing problems and lung cancer. But smoking also is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease – and the habit can drastically shorten your life.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you might think about quitting smoking and wonder, “Why bother?” Here are three good reasons that may surprise you.
E-cigarettes are gaining popularity, partially because people believe they are safer than cigarettes. But is that really true? Learn more.
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Even if you’ve been a lifelong smoker, it is never too late to quit. In this infographic, our experts explain how your lungs – and the rest of your body – begin recovering, less than half an hour after you quit.
In addition to damaging your lungs, tobacco use is a significant contributor to pain throughout the body. Find out if smoking is hurting you more than you know.
With age come wisdom, experience and, unfortunately, a higher risk of bladder cancer. Certainly, bladder cancer can occur at any age, but it’s more common in older men and much less frequently an issue in younger men and women. Time gives you more chances to become exposed to harmful chemicals that get processed through your … Read More
Next time you crave relief from back pain, abdominal pain or other chronic discomfort, don’t light up that cigarette. Smokers are nearly three times as likely to get lower back pain, says Bruce Vrooman, MD, a specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. Smoking also may aggravate abdominal pain and joint pain and increase pain … Read More
Quitting smoking of all kinds – conventional cigarettes or even e-cigarettes – is the best medical advice for pregnant women, experts say. It’s best to quit smoking as soon as you decide to conceive, says obstetrician and gynecologist Rebecca Starck, MD. “Smoking is not safe in pregnancy, and cigarettes clearly have carcinogens that have been … Read More
If you are trying to quit smoking, acupuncture is a natural way to help you curb your craving for nicotine. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbs and hypnotherapy, may not be as well-known as nicotine patches or gum. But they all can offer relief, especially in the acute phase of withdrawal when you’re wrestling with fatigue, … Read More