Cardiovascular / Cardiology Smoking / Quit Smoking

How does smoking affect the body?

Smoking cigarettes can have many adverse effects on the body. Some of these can lead to life-threatening complications. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking cigarettes increases the risk of dying from all causes, not just those linked to tobacco use. Smoking cigarettes affects the respiratory system, the circulatory […]

Smoking / Quit Smoking

Thinking of quitting smoking? Today’s the day

Quitting smoking is famously hard. However, according to recent findings, the sooner one stops, the better. Perhaps today is the day? A new study charts health improvements after stopping smoking. Smoking tobacco, as most of us are well aware, increases the risk of a wide range of serious health issues. Associated conditions include heart disease, […]

Cancer / Oncology Smoking / Quit Smoking

Vaping ‘pumps’ cancer-causing substances into the lungs

E-cigarettes have gained popularity as a “safer,” and increasingly more fashionable, alternative to traditional cigarettes. Yet recent research questions their actual safety, claiming that the e-liquid and vapors contain cancer-causing substances that can linger. Experts warn that vaping causes e-cigarette users to inhale dangerous quantities of cancer-causing substances. Many studies conducted over the past couple […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Smoking / Quit Smoking

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and how to cope

When nicotine starts to leave the body after smoking tobacco, people experience physical and psychological withdrawal effects. Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco products, such as cigarettes and cigars. It is a drug that can affect a person’s brain function. Once the body adapts to regular nicotine intake, people find giving up smoking […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Smoking / Quit Smoking

How long does nicotine stay in your system?

When people use tobacco products, some of the nicotine stays in their system after they quit smoking. Medical tests can detect nicotine in people’s urine, blood, saliva, hair, and nails. Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco, cigarettes, and vapes or e-cigarettes. When someone smokes a cigarette, their body absorbs up to 90 percent of […]

Cardiovascular / Cardiology Smoking / Quit Smoking

Are e-cigarette flavorings toxic to the heart?

Despite their popularity, little is known about the health impacts of electronic cigarettes. New research investigates the chemicals used to flavor these products and their effects on cardiovascular health. A new study investigates e-cigarettes’ impact on the heart. New research, published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, concludes that the chemicals used to create these […]