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Military Culture Enables Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | December 4, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that U.S. military culture perpetuates the notion that using tobacco provides stress relief. Previous studies of tobacco use for stress relief among soldiers have produced no evidence supporting the theory.

Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers

HBNS STORY | August 28, 2014

A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.

Psychological Distress Affects Tobacco Use Differently for Men and Women

HBNS STORY | June 17, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that women are more likely than men to use tobacco products after experiencing severe psychological distress.

Customized Text Messages Can Help Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | June 10, 2014

Sending smokers individualized text messages was found to be twice as effective at helping them quit smoking than simply providing self-help materials, according to a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Life-Changing Events Can Lead to Less Physical Activity

HBNS STORY | June 5, 2014

Adults tend to engage in less leisure-time physical activity after changes in both lifestyle and physical status, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Smokers Slow to Embrace Routine Use of Electronic Cigarettes

HBNS STORY | June 3, 2014

Few smokers who try e-cigarettes have made the permanent switch from regular tobacco cigarettes, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Cancer Screening: Understanding 'Relative Risk'

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 3, 2014 | Kenny Lin

I have offered before a few reasons for eligible patients to consider not getting screened for lung cancer. I concede, however, that reasonable people might conclude that the potential harms are outweighed by the benefit of reducing one's risk of dying by one-fifth. The next critical question that needs to be asked is: one-fifth of what?

Many Smokers Still Surprised by Facts About Tobacco's Dangers

HBNS STORY | May 15, 2014

Between half and one-third of smokers presented with corrective statements about the dangers of smoking indicated that some of the information was new to them and motivated them to quit, finds a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Doctors as Coaches, Giving Up the High Horse

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 21, 2014 | Milly Dawson

A recent conference at Harvard Medical School brought together scores of physicians who want to live healthfully themselves and to work as partners with their patients to help them do the same. I've attended many medical meetings but never one as much fun or as health promoting for participants as this one...

Tobacco Use Varies Widely Among Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S.

HBNS STORY | April 17, 2014

A new study in American Journal of Health Behavior finds significant differences in tobacco use when analyzed by specific Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity.

Tobacco Promotions Still Reaching Youth

HBNS STORY | April 1, 2014

Teens and young adults who are exposed to marketing materials for tobacco products, such as coupons and websites, were far more likely to begin smoking or to be current smokers than those not exposed, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Do People Really Want to Tech Their Way to Health?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 25, 2014 | Jane Sarasohn Kahn

The hockey-stick growth of "wearable technology" seen at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show begs the question: Will people pay out-of-pocket for gadgets that help them measure their steps, track their sleep, quantify their calories, record their heart rate and feedback their mood? A caveat emptor to investors seeing short-term dollar signs in the digital health sector...

Better Benefits Help Medicaid Recipients Quit Smoking

HBNS STORY | March 6, 2014

Expanded smoking cessation benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should give more people the opportunity to quit, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The Person Responsible for Your Health Is...

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 27, 2014 | CFAH Staff

Is it our job alone to look after our health? Or do employers, insurers, for-profit companies and the government also share some responsibility to keep us healthy? One person's nanny state is another's public health salvation. There is no shortage of examples of opposing perspectives...

Health Inequalities Seen in Gays and Lesbians

HBNS STORY | February 11, 2014

People who identify as homosexual have several health disparities relative to their heterosexual peers, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

With Training, Friends and Family Can Help Loved Ones Quit Tobacco

HBNS STORY | February 4, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that teaching people about smoking cessation—even those without a medical background—can motivate them to encourage their friends, family and acquaintances to stop smoking.

Sticking With Resolutions Is All About Preparation

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 27, 2014 | David L. Katz

Relevant research and conventional wisdom alike suggest that, despite their irresistible perennial tug on our collective conscience, New Year's resolutions generally have about the staying power of Champagne bubbles. In contrast, the science of sustainable behavior change tips convincingly toward "don't go until ready."

Gap in Life Expectancy Between Rural and Urban Residents Is Growing

HBNS STORY | January 23, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that rural residents have experienced smaller gains in life expectancy than their urban counterparts and the gap continues to grow.

NBC Vastly Exaggerates the Potential Benefits of Lung Cancer Screening

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 16, 2014 | Gary Schwitzer

When we talk about a consistently clear pattern of news stories that exaggerate or emphasize benefits while minimizing or ignoring harms, we are talking about stories exactly like this one...

Doctors Unaware That More Teens Are Turning to E-Cigarettes

HBNS STORY | December 10, 2013

Many clinicians are unfamiliar with or uncomfortable with addressing the use of e-cigarettes with their young patients, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Wellness at Work

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 5, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

Is your company one of the many that are now offering "wellness programs"? Our latest Be a Prepared Patient article, Staying Well at Work, looks at a few of these programs in action and offers tips for maintaining a healthy work/life balance...

Smartphone Apps to Help Smokers Quit Come Up Short

HBNS STORY | November 14, 2013

Most popular smartphone apps do not include evidence-based practices known to help smokers quit, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Banning Workplace Smoking Not Enough

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Failing to address the presence of other smokers at home limits the effectiveness of workplace smoking restrictions, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Lifestyle Behaviors Key to Post-Deployment Health of Veterans

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that the lifestyle of veterans both pre- and post-deployment influences their post-deployment wellness.

Veterans Groups Miss Opportunities to Curb Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Websites targeting veterans fail to provide information about the risks of tobacco products despite high rates of smoking in the military, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Treating Depression Helps Some Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | September 19, 2013

Adding mood management strategies to smoking cessation programs helped people with depression or a history of depression quit smoking for longer periods than a standard program, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library

Quitting Smoking: Licensed Medications Are Effective

HBNS STORY | June 6, 2013

Nicotine replacement therapy and other licensed drugs can help people quit smoking, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Smoking Prevention in Schools: Does it Work?

HBNS STORY | April 30, 2013

Smoking prevention in schools reduces the number of young people who will later become smokers, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Smoke-Free Public Housing Would = Better Health and Savings

HBNS STORY | April 16, 2013

Establishing smoke-free policies for public housing would help protect residents, visitors and employees from the harmful effects of smoking and result in significant cost savings, reports a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Mobile Phone Services Help Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | November 13, 2012

Support for quitting smoking via text and video messages can help smokers kick the habit, according to a new Cochrane systematic review.

Review Confirms Value of Combined Approach to Quitting Smoking

HBNS STORY | October 17, 2012

Smokers who try to quit would be more successful if they combined medication or nicotine-replacement therapy with behavioral counseling, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads Increase Attempts to Quit

HBNS STORY | October 9, 2012

Graphic and/or emotional television anti-smoking ads showing the health effects of smoking get more smokers to make an attempt try to quit than less intense ads, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Doctors Need Training to Help Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | May 17, 2012

Health care professionals do a better job helping people quit smoking when they are trained in smoking cessation techniques, a new Cochrane Library review finds.

Teen Smoking: An Epidemic?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 15, 2012 | Inside Health Care

A new report from the U.S. surgeon general's office estimates 3,800 kids light their first cigarette every day and tobacco companies spend more than $1 million an hour marketing and promoting tobacco products.

Quitting Smoking Results in Minimal Weight Gain

HBNS STORY | February 17, 2012

The declining rate of smoking is unlikely to be a major contributor to the recent increases in the incidence of obesity. While quitting smoking might cause some people to gain weight, the amount gained will probably be small, reports a new study in Health Services Research.

Early Bloomers with Poor Social Skills More Likely to Smoke

HBNS STORY | February 14, 2012

Children who go through puberty earlier than their peers are more likely to have poor social skills and to smoke cigarettes during their high school years, a new study in Journal of Adolescent Health confirms.

Second-Hand Smoke in China Puts Children at Risk

HBNS STORY | October 11, 2011

The prevalence of smoking in China may contribute to children’s second-hand smoke exposure and resulting respiratory symptoms.

Smoking Bans Motivate Even Reluctant Women to Quit

HBNS STORY | September 1, 2011

A new study finds that women smokers who live and work where bans are enforced, even those had no previous plans to stop smoking, are more likely to attempt quitting.

High School Students Today Less Likely to Be Heavy Smokers

HBNS STORY | August 2, 2011

Of the 19.5 percent of high school students who call themselves smokers, most don’t smoke daily or frequently.

Obese Girls More Than Twice as Likely to Be Addicted to Smoking

HBNS STORY | June 21, 2011

Obese teenage girls are more than twice as likely as other girls to develop high-level nicotine addiction as young adults, according to a new study.

Positive Media Campaigns Help Minorities Put Down Cigarettes

HBNS STORY | April 29, 2011

Media campaigns that offer positive encouragement can have an impact on getting African-Americans to quit, a new study finds.

African-Americans More Active Users of Smoking “Quitlines”

HBNS STORY | April 29, 2011

African-Americans are consistently more likely than white smokers to use telephone help lines to quit smoking, finds a long-term California study.

iPhone Quit-Smoking Apps Don’t Make the Grade

HBNS STORY | February 8, 2011

A new study finds that iPhone software applications designed to help people quit smoking fall short of the mark.

Interest in E-cigarettes Is High, but Safety and Effectiveness Unknown

HBNS STORY | February 8, 2011

While a new study finds that consumer interest in electronic cigarettes runs high, a companion study underscores that e-cigarettes’ ability to help smokers cut down or quit is unknown, as is their safety.

Depressed Smokers Less Likely to Stay Tobacco Free

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010

Depressed smokers want to quit the nicotine habit just as much as non-depressed smokers, but a new study suggests that depression can put a kink in their success.

Teens Get More Ear Infections When Someone Smokes at Home

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010

In households with secondhand smoke, teens are 1.67 times more prone to have recurrent ear infections.

Specialized Interventions Help Latinos Quit Smoking

HBNS STORY | October 29, 2010

Latinos who live the United States are more likely to quit smoking when they take part in an intervention program, finds a systematic review of studies conducted by Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Miami.

Mass. Smoking Ban Might Be Linked to Fewer Fatal Heart Attacks

HBNS STORY | October 7, 2010

Early Alcohol, Tobacco Use Might Delay Puberty in Girls

HBNS STORY | September 14, 2010

Surgery Is Good Teachable Moment to Help Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | July 6, 2010

Quitting Smoking Before Pregnancy Could Save Babies’ Lives

HBNS STORY | June 8, 2010

Smoking Hits New Low for White California Kids

HBNS STORY | May 18, 2010

Kiosk Offers Smokers a Bilingual Decision Aid for Quitting

HBNS STORY | May 10, 2010

Smokers Who Quit Gradually or Cold Turkey Have Similar Success

HBNS STORY | March 16, 2010

Cigarette Ads Fuel Teens’ Desire to Start Smoking

HBNS STORY | March 2, 2010

Spanish-Language Ads Get Message Across for Smoking Quit Lines

HBNS STORY | February 10, 2010

Motivating, Not Judging, Might Help Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | January 19, 2010