Articles Tagged ‘tobacco’

A Harmful Trend: Increased Waterpipe Smoking

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Waterpipe tobacco smoking (also known as hookah, narghile, shisha and other terms) has been used for centuries in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  A part of the Arab culture, waterpipes are prominently used in social settings and are considered a status symbol in some parts of the world.  Since the 1990s, waterpipe [...]

Medicaid Increasing Coverage of Aids For Tobacco Cessation

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State Medicaid programs have steadily increased coverage of tobacco dependence treatments since the mid-1990s, the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2009/2010 Update noted. Medicaid is a health insurance program run by federal and state governments for people who cannot afford regular medical care. In 1995, only three state Medicaid programs covered tobacco dependence treatments, but by 2006, 42 states and the District of Columbia covered some form of treatment. Two more states added coverage in 2007.

The Majority of Cancers Are Linked to the Environment

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One of the hopeful messages from cancer research is that most of the cases of cancer are linked to environmental causes and, in principle, can be prevented. Together, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have recently published a new booklet titled “Cancer and the Environment,” which focuses on the agents in the environment that cause cancer and what we can do to lower our cancer risk. Environmental causes include both lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet, as well as exposure to agents in the air and water. The following interview with Aaron Blair, Ph.D., the chief of the Occupational Epidemiology Branch in NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, will address the contribution of various agents to our overall cancer burden.