Interesting Facts About Tobacco

In National News on April 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

Here are some interesting facts about tobacco from recent research:

  • One study suggests that smoking makes cell ages more rapidly and reduces healing in damaged lungs, which may be a factor in emphysema.
  • Smoking during pregnancy may effect the thyroid function of both mother and baby.
  • Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Tobacco has become part of prison culture, serving as both currency and stress release. Prisons need to incorporate cessation programs that address the way tobacco is interwoven in inmates’ culture.
  • Patients with bipolar disorder are 5 times more likely to be current smokers than people in the general population and 2.6 times more likely to have ever smoked. The prevalence rates of current daily smoking among patients with major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia were 57%, 66%, and 74%, respectively. Again, cessation interventions need to target these people.

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