Cigarette smoking may cause hearing loss. Smokers are nearly 70% more likely than non-smokers to suffer hearing loss, according to a study including more than 3,000 people. Another study found otherwise, absolving cigarettes from blame in hearing loss.
The first study, conducted in the United States and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, June 1998, concluded that the risk of hearing impairment often increases with the number of cigarettes smoked.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 40 million adults within the United States smoke cigarettes, and results in nearly 480,000 deaths a year. That means that one in five deaths is a result of cigarette smoking. There are an additional 16 million people that suffer from smoking-related chronic illnesses. As a result, the annual healthcare-related costs for adults approximate $170 billion in the United States alone. These are cos
People used to collect seashells and pebbles at the beach. But this summer, collecting cigarette butts is in. In recent days, the hashtags #FillTheBottle and #Megotchallenge (‘Cigarette butt challenge’ in French) have become a new global online movement for eco-mobilisation. The idea is simple: go for a walk on the beach with a bottle in your hand, fill it with cigarette butts and share your picture on social networks with the hashtag #FillTheBottle. In our age of digital tec
Did you know? Cigarette butts on streets end up in waterways ... One cigarette butt can contaminate a litre of water so severely that fish cannot survive in the water (San Diego State University) Cigarette butts account for 28% of litter on beaches worldwide (Ocean Conservancy) 845 000 tons of cigarette butts (5.6 trillion butts) end up as litter every year Nicotine is lethal to species of fish, crustaceans, zooplankton, and other aquatic animals, as well as being a known ins
Discarded cigarette butts are seemingly everywhere. Not just unsightly and unhygienic, these cigarette remnants harm vegetation and negatively impacts plant growth when discarded in grass and soil. This endemic form of pollution is also harmful to birds and other animals who mistake it as a food source. Cigarette butts are an under-acknowledged but widespread environmental pollutant and a source of global concern. As harmful as cigarette butt pollution may be, not many people
The perception that e-cigarettes, known as vapes or twisp, are safer than traditional cigarettes is false. This is according to Dr Catherine Egbe, a specialist scientist at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the Medical Research Council of South Africa. “Researchers, along with the National Council Against Smoking, have been urging South Africans not to view e-cigarettes as safe, as they introduce new risks to user,” said Egbe. As of 20 November, 47 confirme
Millions of people in the UK are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, warn specialists. Despite the clear connection, only one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the RNIB. That is because tobacco smoke can cause and worsen a number of eye conditions. How smoking can harm your eyes Cigarette smoke conta
Turkey will join countries like France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia in selling cigarettes in plain packaging as diseases attributable to tobacco use causes more than 100,000 deaths in Turkey yearly. Turkey will switch to plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products from December 5, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said on Tuesday, in a move aimed at curbing tobacco sales and discouraging smokers. In a statement, the ministry said the production of pl
For the study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, the researchers looked specifically at lung function--the amount of air a person can breathe in and out--in smokers, ex-smokers, and never-smokers. New York: People who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day cause long-term damage to their lungs, according to new research. "Many people assume that smoking a few cigarettes a day isn't so bad, but it turns out that the difference in loss of lung function between someon