Don’t Smoke? You Could Still Get Lung Cancer

If you think you’re safe from lung cancer because you’ve never smoked, think again. Being a non-smoker doesn’t mean you cannot get lung cancer. While cigarette smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer, you also can get it from breathing secondhand smoke, being exposed to asbestos or radon, or having a family history of lung cancer. Many … Read More

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New Research: E-Cigs Safer Alternative to Regular Cigarettes

Contributor: Raul Seballos, MD The popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) has outpaced available scientific data – especially when it comes to answering two questions: Are they safe? Can they help people quit conventional cigarettes? Now, a new analysis of 81 studies supports e-cigs as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes, and there is some evidence … Read More

Electronic Cigarettes: Weighing in on a Popular Trend

Contributor:  Raul Seballos, MD Electronic cigarette (e-cig) manufacturers claim that they are a safer alternative to cigarettes. But two important questions must be addressed: Are e-cigs safe? Are they effective for helping people quit smoking? E-cigs are battery-powered devices. They are the same size and shape as standard cigarettes but generate a vapor containing one-third … Read More

Greater Number of Diseases Now Attributed to Smoking

It has long been known that smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. On Friday, the acting U.S. surgeon general issued a report that says smoking is directly responsible for an even greater number of disease and illnesses, including diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancies. Other health problems the report attributes … Read More

‘Surprising Link’: Smoking and Bladder Cancer

Many people don’t realize that smoking tobacco is the single most important known risk factor for bladder cancer, according to the National Institutes for Health. The effects of cigarette smoke toxins entering your body have received a lot of attention, but far too little attention has been given to how those toxins make their way … Read More

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Smoking Before Surgery Increases Risk of Death

Learning that you need an operation can be scary, but there’s one anxiety-buster you must avoid before surgery — cigarettes. “Smoking before surgery puts you at a higher risk for postoperative heart attacks, blood clots, pneumonia and even death,” says general surgeon Kevin El-Hayek, MD. “When I schedule surgery, I tell my patients they should … Read More