Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Study finds cigarette smoke also causes major harm to muscles

Study finds cigarette smoke also causes major harm to muscles

This included free nicotine patches, free anti-smoking medications, free e-cigarettes, motivational texts.

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"The best estimates are, it costs $3,000 to $6,000 more per year to employ a smoker rather than a non-smoker".

E-cigarettes don't help smokers quit more than other interventions, though financial incentives do, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds.

The easiest approach to making people quit smoking is to give them free money, a new research indicates.

The way in which E-cigarettes have been received by the world is very mixed, some places such as the United Kingdom have regulated them placing strict restrictions on what you can and cannot buy or sell whereas some of the rest of the world such as Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Egypt. Further CDC studies have shown that people who take up vaping e-cigarettes to quit regular smoking continue with both. The most successful method was the last one, with 12.7 percent of people who successfully kicked the habit. They confirmed participants' self-reported claims with urine or blood tests.

Most large companies offer the promise of healthcare premium reductions for smokers who quit. Scientists divided the participants into a number of groups. By contrast, no differences were found in the quit rates among participants assigned to free e-cigarettes, free cessation aids, or usual care.

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"For me personally, it was useless", said Georges Touaichi, a 22-year-old San Diego hotel worker who tried e-cigarettes but went back to smoking after a day or two.

But when the cessation aids were coupled with cash, the success rates tripled.

Among 6,006 employees at 54 USA -based companies, the six-month smoking abstinence rates for all the strategies were less than 3 percent. "Over time, we have come to know the real dangers of smoking, and I think raising the age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21 will help to get cigarettes away from high-school aged children". In other words, none of these strategies were much more effective than the others.

"These data suggest that cigarette smoke components may impair hind limb muscle vascular structure, fatigue resistance and myofiber calcium handling, and these changes ultimately affect contractile efficiency of locomotor muscles independent of a change in lung function", researchers said.

One theory is that certain types of lung cancer are more common in women and the risk of them declines more slowly after someone quits, and women have lagged behind men in cessation rates, said Caitlin Murphy of the Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern in Dallas.

The authors note that actual quit rates might have been higher than reflected in the results, because those who did not report responses were assumed to be ongoing smokers.

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