Sunday July 21, 2019

Smokers Notice Health Warnings More on Plain-Packaged Cigarettes

For the study, the team included 1,865 current smokers aged 16 and above

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Warnings used on standardised packs were novel and larger than those on fully-branded packs - and displayed pictorial images on both main display areas, the team said. Pixabay

Health warnings on plain-packaged cigarettes affect smokers more than those marked on branded packs, finds a new study.

Warnings used on standardised packs were novel and larger than those on fully-branded packs – and displayed pictorial images on both main display areas, the team said.

“Consistent with the broad objectives of standardised packaging, our research found that it was associated with increased warning salience, and thoughts about risks and quitting,” said lead researcher Crawford Moodie from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

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The study showed that smokers who bought standardised packs were more likely to have noticed and read the warnings compared to those who had never used standardised packs. Pixabay

“This study adds to the growing body of evidence that standardised packaging reduces the appeal of tobacco products,” said George Butterworth, Senior Policy Manager at Cancer Research, UK.

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The study showed that smokers who bought standardised packs were more likely to have noticed and read the warnings compared to those who had never used standardised packs.

Those who bought standardised packs also thought about the health risks of smoking and quitting and were more likely to have noticed a stop smoking sign on packs. For the study, the team included 1,865 current smokers aged 16 and above. (IANS)

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A Smartphone Application That Helps You Quit Smoking

The study published in the journal Aging, demonstrated that the smoking-induced aging acceleration reverts back to normal after smoking cessation

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New smartphone app to help you quit smoking. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a new smartphone-based app that can track if you smoke a lot and can help you quit.

The app Gero Healthspan developed by scientists from Gero and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York offers a way to track the rejuvenating effect of smoking cessation in real time through the analysis of wearable data.

The bioage acceleration caused by smoking can be detected through the analysis of physical activity signals collected from wearable devices.

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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

From this, a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm trained to find certain patterns in intraday changes of activity level to estimate the biological age of a person has been developed.

The study published in the journal Aging, demonstrated that the smoking-induced aging acceleration reverts back to normal after smoking cessation and the process can be tracked by the wearable device.

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“You can use the app to explore how lifestyle changes such as diets, activities and supplements affect your predicted healthy life expectancy. We hope that our app will help people to stop deliberately shortening their lives and help to develop healthy lifestyles,” said Peter Fedichev, Founder and Chief Science Officer of Gero. (IANS)