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  • Smokers more likely to drink alcohol and suffer from psychiatric illness: Study

    Mumbai: Smokers are more likely to consume alcohol and suffer from psychiatric illness than non- smokers, a study has revealed. The study, carried out by the city-based Asian Heart Institute, also found that a significant number of people pick up the habit to reduce stress or for pleasure.

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    Smokers quitting tobacco also drink less alcohol: study

    London: People who have recently begun an attempt to quit smoking tobacco are more likely to try drinking less alcohol than other smokers, according to a new study. People who attempted to stop smoking recently reported lower levels of alcohol consumption, were less likely to binge drink, and were more likely to be classified as ‘light drinkers’ (having a low alcohol risk) compared with those who did not attempt to stop smoking, researchers

  • Anti-smoking pills `don’t risk` mental health

    Washington D.C: Turns out, the smoking cessation medications varenicline and bupropion, which were earlier thought to increase the risk of serious neuropsychiatric side effects, are actually safe, as per a new study. The University of California study looked at the safety and efficacy of three first line smoking cessation treatments – varenicline, bupropion and nicotine patches – compared to placebo in smokers with and without psychiatric disorders and found than smokers, who

  • ‘Twitter2quit’ to help you kick the butt

    New York: Not just news alerts, micro-blogging website Twitter can help smokers kick the butt in a more efficient way than traditional methods, scientists have revealed. The team from the University of California-Irvine and Stanford University found that a real-time, fully automated, Twitter-based smoking intervention programme called “Tweet2Quit” was twice as successful at kicking the habit as those using traditional ways.

  • Graphic images on cigarette packs may not deter smokers

    Washington : Graphic warning labels with images of diseased lungs or mouth on cigarette packages may not really prompt smokers to kick the butt, a new study has found, reports PTI.

  • Brain ‘switch’ to turn off nicotine cravings found

    Washington : Scientists have identified a fat molecule in brain cells that may act as a ‘switch’ to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine, a finding that could lead to new therapies to help smokers kick the butt, reports PTI.

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    E-cigarettes not helping smokers to quit smoking

    Washington D.C: We often see electronic cigarettes being promoted and used to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a new analysis has found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 per cent less likely to stop smoking cigarettes.

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    Graphic warnings may help smokers `kick the butt`

    London : With 2016 just around the corner, smokers have started gearing up to take on one of the most challenging New Year’s resolutions to kick the habit and now, a new study has come to their rescue.

  • Anti-smoking ads make smokers angry, defensive

    Washington DC : A new study has suggested that anti-smoking advertisements could lower smokers’ self-esteem making them angry and defensive which would make it less likely for them to quit, reports ANI.

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    How India’s Tax System Helps Heavily Taxed Cigarettes Flourish

    In March 2015—in response to a drop in sales as taxes more than doubled over four years—India’s leading cigarette company ITC Ltd. shortened its discount Bristol-brand cigarettes by 5 mm. That 5-mm cut allowed Bristol cigarettes to make use of India’s complicated six-tier cigarette-tax system and fit into the lowest tax bracket. So, a pack of Bristols costs the same as before.

  • Why drug to quit smoking may not work wonders

    New York : Even a drug that helps people kick the butt may not increase the number of those who do so, says a new study which suggests that inspiring smokers to quit is as important as aids that enable them do so, reports IANS.

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    Smokers likelier to develop schizophrenia, claims study

    London: Warning for Smokers! A new study has suggested that smoking could play a direct role in the development of schizophrenia, and cigarette lovers were likelier to develop the disorder and at a younger age. Researchers at King’s College London analysed 61 separate studies and suggested that nicotine in cigarette smoke may be altering the brain, and though it was a “pretty strong case, more research was required, the BBC reported.

  • Millions of smokers have undiagnosed lung disease: study

    Miami : More than half of current and former smokers who can pass basic lung function tests may suffer from lung diseases that have gone undiagnosed, researchers said, reports AFP.

  • Growing up with smokers doubles fagging risk

    New York: Researchers have found that that growing up in a home with a regular smoker nearly doubles the chances of a child becoming an adult smoker.

  • Bans don’t help smokers kick the butt

    Toronto : Ban on smoking in public spaces may not motivate smokers to light up less behind their own closed doors or quit altogether, a new Canadian study has claimed, reports PTI.

  • Smoking ban doesn’t help smokers to quit

    Toronto: Banning smoking hardly inspires people to reduce or quit it altogether, says a study that found no significant change in home habits in the aftermath of a ban in Quebec. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the researchers noted.

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