Tuesday August 20, 2019

Reducing Alcohol Intake Can Help In Quitting Smoking

The findings, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, showed that as the men in the study group reduced their drinking

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FILE - New findings show that smoking causes devastating genetic damage, or mutations, in the cells of various organs in the body. VOA

If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to consider cutting back on your drinking too, a study has found.

The study found that heavy alcohol drinkers who are trying to stop smoking may find that reducing their alcohol intake can also help them quit their daily smoking habit.

In addition, heavy drinkers’ nicotine metabolite ratio — a biomarker that indicates how quickly a person’s body metabolises nicotine — reduced as they cut back on their drinking.

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Smoking causes failure of Dental fillings. Pixabay

Slowing a person’s nicotine metabolism rate through reduced drinking could provide an edge when trying to stop smoking, which is known to be a difficult task, said lead researcher Sarah Dermody, Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University in the US.

“It takes a lot of determination to quit smoking, often several attempts,” Dermody said.

For the study, the researchers considered a small group of daily smokers to study the nicotine metabolite ratio, the medical term for severe problem drinking.

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Heavy drinkers’ nicotine metabolite ratio as they cut back on their drinking. Pixabay

The findings, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, showed that as the men in the study group reduced their drinking — from an average of 29 drinks per week to seven — their nicotine metabolite rate also dropped.

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The women, however, did not see reductions in their nicotine metabolite ratio. (IANS)

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New Study Reveals That Hookah Is More Toxic Than Other Forms of Smoking Tobacco

Smoking hookah may not be the best option to smoke tobacco, says a new study

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Due to the greater volume inhaled in every puff and the longer duration of a smoking session, hookah is more harmful than cigarettes. Pixabay

While the popularity of hookah (tobacco pipe) has increased in recent years, researchers say it may be more dangerous than other forms of smoking tobacco.

Using a custom-built testing device, the researchers analysed emissions during a typical hookah session and found that one draw from a pipe contained as many noxious substances as a cigarette.

Hookah mainstream smoke, which is directly inhaled, has many toxic and harmful chemicals, like nicotine that can lead to tobacco addiction, irritating carbonyl compounds, and benzine, a known carcinogen,” said study lead author Veronique Perraud from University of California.

“Due to the greater volume inhaled in every puff and the longer duration of a smoking session, the hookah often delivers a higher dose of those chemicals to the smoker,” Perraud said.

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With hookah, large quantity of carbon monoxide enters the body. Pixabay

It also produced large quantity of carbon monoxide, mainly from the burning of charcoal to heat the tobacco or herbal mixture in its bowl. The study, published in journal Aerosol Science and Technology, also referred to several cases of carbon monoxide intoxication.

In addition to testing ordinary tobacco, the group also studied a nicotine-free herbal mixture, marketed as a healthier alternative, and discovered that it produced even higher levels of toxic gases.

The study is the first to characterise ultra-fine particles (with a diameter smaller than 100 nanometers) in the inhaled smoke.

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The popularity of hookah among teenagers and adults have increased in the last few years. Pixabay

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The researchers measured the chemical composition of gases and solids emitted during a hookah session in real time. “Through our technique of testing emissions in the beginning, midpoint and end of a smoking session, we were able to show that a smoker is exposed to a higher quantity of ultra-fine particles during the first 10 minutes compared with the rest of the session,” she said.

According to the study, these miniscule particles can pose significant health risks by making their way deep into the pulmonary system and by readily crossing the blood-brain barrier. (IANS)