Here are a just a few:
You Think Smoking Doesn’t Affect Your Life Expectancy – Think Again!
According to a paper in the latest edition of Journal of Tobacco Control, smoking is responsible for up to 60% of the longevity gap between men and women in most European countries. That is, smoking is the main reason why men die sooner than women. Recent World Health Organization figures on death rates were the source of the discovery.
In the UK, women live and average of four years longer than men – although, in recent years, the gap has been closing. Second to smoking, alcohol accounts for 20% of the disparity.
So guys, quit now, clean yourself up, and have a better chance of living as long as your woman!
Science Finds Quit Gene
According to a very recent study, scientists have pinpointed a source of nicotine craving in the brain, opening up a new path toward drug treatments to kick the habit. This is highly desirable, given that tobacco kills more than five MILLION people every year, and accounts for nearly one in EVERY 10 adult deaths, 90% of them involving lung cancer.
In experiments with mice and rats, researchers have mapped the functioning of a gene called CHRNA5, previously linked with nicotine addiction. The gene controls a receptor – an entry point on the surface of brain cells – which responds to nicotine molecules. With a normal version of this gene, anything more than a tiny dose of nicotine triggers a message to the brain which says in effect “stop consuming,” the scientists found. Larger doses [of nicotine] unleash a sense of repulsion, similar to ‘bad tasting food or drink,” said Paul Kenny, lead researcher at the Scripps research Institute in Florida. But the effect was quite different in mice in which a tiny sub-unit of the receptor, known as alpha5, had been knocked out. The negative message was never sent, and as a result the rodents couldn’t get enough of the potent drug [being nicotine].
Researchers believe a similar scenario occurs natural in some humans, genome-wide screening studies have identified genetic alterations which impair alpha5 unit functioning.
So there you go. Your genes effect how easily you get addicted to nicotine, and likewise make it harder for some to quit.
Nicotine Patch Prices To Be Slashed
It appears that the Government in Australia has decided that nicotine patches are effective enough to be added to that country’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Before this sensible move, the smallest pack of patches cost nearly three times what a pack of cigarettes cost. With a doctor’s prescription, the price drops from between Au$100 – 140 down to Au$34.20, or $5.60 with a concession card. Australian residents are eligible for up to 12 weeks supply of the quit smoking patches per year. This is indeed good news.
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Until next time,
Happy New Year, stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.