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How much second hand smoke is safe?
Posted on Mon, 22 Nov 10

How much second hand smoke is safe?

Even at the lowest detectable levels of exposure there are significant changes in gene expression within the cells lining of your airways. Such genetic changes are thought to precede reparatory disease including lung cancer; no level of tobacco smoke exposure is safe.

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Heavy smoking doubles Alzheimers disease risk
Posted on Wed, 3 Nov 10

Heavy smoking doubles Alzheimers disease risk

As if cancer, heart attack or stroke were not reason enough to stop smoking a new study has found that smoking doubles the risk of Alzheimers disease.

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Red wine is not the only heart felt drink
Posted on Tue, 8 Dec 09

Red wine is not the only heart felt drink

Red wine has long enjoyed the spotlight for heart health though a lesser known fact is that there are two alcoholic beverages, also made from grapes, which are rich in antioxidants and may have unique health effects.

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Surprisingly small amounts of secondhand smoke can kill
Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 09

Surprisingly small amounts of secondhand smoke can kill

Despite the tobacco industrys concerted effort to down play the hazards of second-hand smoke exposure (passive smoking) up to 75% of non-smokers have a greatly increased risk of coronary heart disease due to passive smoking (1). Even very low levels of exposure to cigarette smoke are remarkably detrimental. It is now clear that low exposure to tobacco smoke, such as passive smoking or in those who only smoke 1-2 cigarettes a day, acutely affects cardiovascular health in a way that is comparable to that of a heavy smoker (2). What is important is not how much tobacco smoke you are exposed to, but whether you are exposed to it at all.

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That is not tobacco you are smoking
Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 09

That is not tobacco you are smoking

Even though the major side effect of smoking, death, is three fold that of non-smokers in middle age (35-69), smoking is on the rise, particularly in developing countries. In 2006, approximately 5.763 trillion cigarettes were manufactured, thats 2.4 per day for every person on earth (1,2). The underhanded behaviour of the tobacco industry is infamous and exemplified by the ingredients, beyond tobacco that are used in cigarettes. Since the 1970s the tobacco industry has been adding hazardous unregulated chemicals to cigarettes. If its not only tobacco people are smoking, what is it?

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Alcohol: a double edged sword
Posted on Tue, 25 Aug 09

Alcohol: a double edged sword

While alcohol may benefit your health by reducing heart disease risk this benefit is often outweighed by the effects of heavy drinking which include road traffic and other injuries, violence, chronic liver disease, cancers, alcohol abuse disorders and heart diseases such as stroke and high blood pressure. So how much alcohol is too much?

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