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Smokers more likely to need spinal surgery: study

9 months, 10 days ago
STOCKHOLM: Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain among compuslive smokers that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal…

Time off for good behaviour: Japan firm rewards non-smokers

11 months, 15 days ago
TOKYO: Non-smoking employees at one Japanese firm are getting six additional days' holiday to compensate for the time their colleagues spend puffing away at work. Piala, a Tokyo-based online commerce consulting and marketing company,…

Cash incentives help smokers quit, study finds

11 months, 16 days ago
MIAMI, United States: Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to give up cigarettes than those who are simply offered tips on how to quit, said a US study Monday. The approach could offer ways to cut the number of…

Are ‘natural’ cigarette smokers being misled?

1 year, 8 months ago
WASHINGTON: Natural American Spirit tobacco products are marketed as “natural” and “additive-free,” and many users think that means the cigarettes are safer to smoke, according to a recent U.S. study. This raises the concern that people…

Even with one cigarette a day, odds of early death are higher

1 year, 10 months ago
MARYLAND: Smokers who go through much less than a pack of cigarettes a day still have a higher risk of an early death than non-smokers, a new study suggests. “There is no safe level of cigarette smoking,” said lead study author Maki…

Cash may convince some smokers to quit

2 years, 1 month ago
Paying smokers to quit and giving them more money the longer they avoid cigarettes might help get more people to kick the habit than cessation advice on its own, a recent study suggests.