Cigarette smoking and hearing loss

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. In many cases, hearing problems increase proportionately with the intensity and duration of exposure to cigarette smoke. In general, smokers are 1.69 times more likely to damage their hearing ability. Heavy smokers are m

Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Problems Caused by Smoking

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 costs that are caused by harmful personal habits of the individual. Additionally, there is an additional $156 billion in lost productivity as well as $5.6 billion in lost productivity due to secondhand smoke exposure.5 Beca

Tackling the cigarette butt pollution emergency

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 technology and environmental emergency, mobilising for the environment has become a form of social capital. In its 2017 report on tobacco and its environmental impact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that “bet

Bin The Butt

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 insecticide Cigarette butts present a hazard to wildlife who mistake them for food. Cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, that is not biodegradable. This kind of plastic has been found in t

#BantheButt: Stomping Out Plastic Pollution in Africa

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 know that this is also a form of plastic pollution. The National Council Against Smoking and Greenpeace Africa have launched the #BanTheButt campaign on their Vuma.Earth platform as an initiative forming part of Plastic

E-cigarettes not so harmless

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 confirmed deaths and 2 290 confirmed cases of lung injury linked to e-cigarettes or product use-associated lung injury (Evali) were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. Patients

Smoking 'damages eyes as well as lungs'

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 contains toxic chemicals that can irritate and harm the eyes. For example, heavy metals, such as lead and copper, can collect in the lens - the transparent bit that sits behind the pupil and brings rays of light into focus -

Turkey switches to plain packaging for tobacco products

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 plain cigarette packages would begin on Thursday and sales of the older, branded packages would stop on January 5, 2020. Turkey will join countries like France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia in selling cigarett

Light smoking still damages lungs: Study

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 someone who smokes five cigarettes a day versus two packs a day is relatively small," said study lead author Elizabeth Oelsner, Assistant Professor at Columbia University Vagelos College in the US. For the study published in T

Nigeria: Cancer Killed 41,000 People in Nigeria in 2018 - WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Monday that 41,000 people lost their lives to cancer out of 166, 000 cases recorded in Nigeria last year. Clement Peter, the WHO Nigeria Health Emergency Team Lead made the announcement while addressing reporters as part of activities to commemorate the World Cancer Day at the WHO Headquarters in Abuja. Mr Peter said that Nigeria might continue to experience a rise in the scourge if stringent measures were not taken by individuals, communities and the Federal Government towards addressing the key drivers of the disease. He listed some of the key drivers as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diets. The WHO chief

Smoking may increase risk of mental health problems – study

Researchers find link between tobacco cigarettes and depression and schizophrenia Smoking tobacco cigarettes could increase the risk of mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia, research suggests. It has long been known that smoking is more common among people with mental health conditions. However, it has been unclear whether smoking could be a factor in causing such problems or is simply a form of self-medication among those already living with poor mental health. Scientists say they have now unpicked the issue. “What we found was that there was evidence of causal effects in both directions,” said Dr Robyn Wootton, the first author of the research, from the University of

Sweden takes a step closer to being smoke-free by 2025

The Scandinavian nation has further limited public spaces where people can smoke. Smoking has already been banned in bars and restaurants since May 2005. Sweden took a step closer to becoming a smoke-free nation on Monday with the introduction of new laws regarding smoking in public places. As of July 1, Swedes were no longer able to light up in certain public spaces, such as playgrounds, train stations and even outside restaurants and bars. The ban has been extended to e-cigarettes. According to European Union statistics, Sweden is the country with the lowest proportion of daily smokers of cigarettes by level of consumption and the latest measure is part of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's ta

Excise tax: UAE shopkeepers brace for drop in cigarette, soft drink sales

Dubai: Shopkeepers in Dubai are bracing themselves for a drop in cigarette and sugary drink sales after a new Excise Tax came into effect on Sunday. The price of cigarettes, tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and energy drinks have increased 100 per cent, while sweetened and carbonated drinks have gone up 50 per cent. Each cigarette now costs at least 40 fils extra meaning a regular pack of 20 cigarettes will cost more by at least Dh8, while a Dh2 sugary drink is now Dh3. Due to the three-day UAE National Day holidays from December 1-3 clubbed onto a weekend, not all newly priced stock has been delivered. Therefore, shopkeepers haven’t yet felt the full effect of change in prices,

Vermont imposes 92% tax on e-cigarettes

A 92% tax on e-cigarettes went into effect in Vermont Monday as part of an effort to curb youth vaping in the Green Mountain State. State Rep. George Till, who sponsored the tax increase bill, said the measure will help keep tobacco products out of the hands of kids, who are most affected by price hikes."We know the group that is most sensitive to price is teenager," he told CBS MoneyWatch. "And we know that these companies are going out of their way to get kids addicted." The new tax, which passed in February, will not effect packs of cigarettes, which will still be subject to a $3.08 tax. E-cigarettes and other tobacco-substitute products, including those "intended for human consumption by

Dalhousie, Nova Scotia Lung Association study backs benefits of plain cigarette packaging

Boring is best when it comes to cigarette packaging, a Halifax researcher has concluded. Mohammed Al-Hamdani worked with 50 smokers using eye-tracking technology and tests that measured the motivation to smoke. He found that plain cigarette packaging not only increases attention to health warnings for all smokers, it also deters some smokers' desire to smoke. “It’s this very boring standardized area in a very boring font that dissolves any kind of intertwining blue or red colours,” said Al-Hamdani, who holds a doctorate in psychology specializing in addictions, in a recent interview at Dalhousie University, where he conducted his latest research. “Now it forces you to look at the only other

Michigan tribe awarded grant for e-cigarette education

An Upper Peninsula nonprofit organization is supporting a program that educates young people in the Hannahville Indian Community about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The Marquette-based Superior Health Foundation awarded an $11,518 grant to the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan for the Anishinaabe E-cigarette and JUUL Health Education Project. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for children and young adults. Health educator Kelly Hansen of the Hannahville Indian Community says JUUL products also pose risks. JUUL is a battery-powered e-cigarette that generates a nicotine-laced aerosol. Hansen says the tribal project will use a curriculum called