Tag - Smoke

Efforts to reduce tobacco harm in Africa up in smoke

Lack of support, inadequate policies and misinformation have been identified as some of the obstacles standing in the way of the reduction of tobacco harm in Africa as discussed during the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) held in Liverpool, England last week. Another disturbing finding about tobacco harm states that the continent has about 77...

Children exposed to tobacco smoke could be at risk for high blood pressure

(CNN)Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke have a greater chance of having high blood pressure, a new study has found. Researchers found 6% of children who were exposed to tobacco smoke had high blood pressure compared to 4% in children who weren't exposed, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open. The study...

Turkey: Smoking, alcohol make COVID vaccines less effective

Smoking, drinking have negative effect on body's immune system, may reduce effectiveness of vaccines, says doctor Smoking and drinking depress the immune system and so could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines for illnesses such as the flu and coronavirus, according to a senior Turkish physician. Dr. Cevdet Erdol from the Health Sciences University in the Turkish...

Australia: Smoking causes half of Indigenous Australian deaths over 45, study shows

Researchers call for more spending and shift in health messaging after discovering figures were underestimated by more than 50%. Smoking-related illnesses cause half of all deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the age of 45, accounting for 10,000 premature preventable deaths in the past decade alone, a new study has found. On average,...

India: Smoking can’t protect against Covid, it makes antibodies disappear — Experts on CSIR study

A CSIR study said smokers had low seroprevalence. But doctors said smoking reduces immunity, which makes antibodies disappear faster — which is why seroprevalence may be lower. New Delhi: Health experts have countered a pan-India CSIR serosurvey that said smokers were found to have lower seroprevalence, indicating that they are at lesser risk of contracting...