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Teen Smoking Keeps Falling

Teen Smoking Keeps Falling | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Cigarette use among U.S. teenagers fell to historic lows and a four-year rise in marijuana use appears to have leveled off, according to a national study.

 

The annual report, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted by the University of Michigan, found the number of teenagers who reported smoking cigarettes in the prior 30 days fell to 10.6% this year from 11.7% in 2011, the lowest level recorded since the survey began in 1975

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This is a good trend but it still means 1 in 10 teens is smoking and since they are starting as teens the number of accumulated years of smoking as they reach middle age will be substantial and have a significant impact on hazard for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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Absolute Risk of Tobacco Deaths: One in Two Smokers Will Be Killed by Smoking

Absolute Risk of Tobacco Deaths: One in Two Smokers Will Be Killed by Smoking | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
If you have help 2 smokers quit, you have saved (at least) 1 life The acronym “AWARD” is a guide:  (1) Ask about smoking.  (2) Warn smoking patients by saying “If you continue to smoke, your chance of dying from smoking-induced diseases (such as cancer, heart diseases, stroke, and respiratory and many other serious diseases) is 50% (67% for the very young; 40% for the very old).”  (3) Advise: “If you quit now, your risk will be greatly reduced (by 25% at old age, and by much more before age 40 years).” This will take about 10 seconds.  (4) Refer to a cessation clinic or hotline (5) Do it again until they quit
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Women Who Quit Smoking Do Live Longer

Women Who Quit Smoking Do Live Longer | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Life expectancy was dramatically improved among participants in Great Britain's Million Women Study who quit smoking compared with continuous smokers, confirming the previously uncertain benefits of smoking cessation in women, researchers said.

Although women who stopped smoking around age 50 remained at significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality compared with never-smokers (relative risk 1.56, 95% CI 1.49 to 1.64), it was much lower than the tripled risk of death seen in current smokers.

"Even cessation at about 50 years of age avoids at least two-thirds of the continuing smoker's excess mortality in later middle age."

"Stopping well before age 40 years would avoid well over 90% of the excess hazard in continuing smokers."

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