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

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

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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

5 S.M.A.R.T. Tips for Quitting Tobacco

Most tobacco users want to quit. Approximately seven out of 10 smokers want to stop but may have to try an average of six to nine times before they succeed. Tobacco is a tough addiction to beat. But whether you’re a cigarette smoker, cigar smoker or tobacco chewer, quitting tobacco is one of the most … Read More

Thirdhand Smoke May Damage Your DNA

Cigarette smoke lives on long after you take your last drag of the day. The smell lingers on your clothes, on the furniture, on the curtains and elsewhere. But new research suggests the problem may be bigger than just a smell. Research published in the journal Mutagenesis has made headlines recently by focusing on this … Read More

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7 Tips to Kick Bad Habits for Good

People know they want to change — know they need to change — but they resist, even to their own detriment, says Scott Bea, PsyD, a psychologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. “We are comfort-craving critters and that leads us to some compulsive bad habits,” he says. Despite this, with some planning, effort … Read More

Smoking — The Hookah Habit Is Harmful

Teens may find hookah smoking glamorous and exotic, but it is every bit as addictive as cigarette smoking — and may be more so. The ancient pastime has seen a revival among high school and college students, says Lauren Indorf, CNP, a nurse practitioner in Cleveland Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Center. Hookahs are water pipes resembling … Read More