Quit Smoking – Rauchen Aufgeben http://rauchen-aufgeben.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:02:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Quit Smoking – Rauchen Aufgeben http://rauchen-aufgeben.org/ 32 32 City of Hope smoking cessation program and targeted screening aim to thwart lung cancer https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/city-of-hope-smoking-cessation-program-and-targeted-screening-aim-to-thwart-lung-cancer/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:02:25 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/city-of-hope-smoking-cessation-program-and-targeted-screening-aim-to-thwart-lung-cancer/ For years, the health risks of smoking have been well documented. Lung cancer is the firstleading cause of cancer death in the United States, and smoking is linked to approximately80% of lung cancer deaths. If you have cancer, regular smoking can compromise your treatment and your prognosis. For smokers, quitting this life-threatening habit can improve […]]]>

For years, the health risks of smoking have been well documented. Lung cancer is the first
leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and smoking is linked to approximately
80% of lung cancer deaths.

If you have cancer, regular smoking can compromise your treatment and your prognosis. For smokers, quitting this life-threatening habit can improve your health and change your life for the better. If you want to quit smoking, City of Hope offers a variety of methods to help you achieve your goal.

When trying to kick a smoking habit, there is no quick fix. Quitting smoking successfully usually requires a combination of techniques and tools, which is why City of Hope created its C3I Smoking Cessation Program, which combines withdrawal medications to overcome withdrawal symptoms and cravings, behavioral strategies to break habits that trigger smoking, strategic problem-solving plans, and social support to increase your chances of success.

The C3I Smoking Cessation Program team is committed to building a community of healthcare providers, researchers, patients, families and diverse communities to support smoking cessation as an integral part cancer care for all patients and as a priority for the promotion of health and well-being. It is the fourth pillar of the best cancer care, after surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The City of Hope program is part of the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative, launched by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as part of the NCI Cancer Moonshot Program in 2017. The long-term goal of this initiative is to help centers to build and implement smoking cessation treatment programs to systematically address smoking cessation in cancer patients.

“Cure rates and survival rates are 30% higher for cancer patients who became smoke-free,” said Cary Presant, MD, professor in the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutic Research at City of Hope.

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“We offer smoking cessation counseling to all City of Hope patients, and our virtual smoking cessation support group is open to the public. We have groups for English and Spanish speakers, and participants are six times more likely to be tobacco free a year later than those who quit on their own.

In addition to our strong smoking cessation program, City of Hope also offers lung cancer screening for those at high risk at its main campus in Duarte, CA, as well as its Antelope Valley, Newport Beach and Corona. Screenings are quick, usually only a few minutes, using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.

One of the challenges of this disease is that symptoms only appear when it is already at an advanced stage. Research shows that for people at high risk, LDCT scans will find early-stage lung cancer in 64-85% of cases, reducing mortality by 20%. Screenings are cost effective, highly reliable, convenient and comfortable for the patient.

Lung cancer screening is recommended for people between the ages of 50 and 80 (55 to 77 for Medicare and Medicaid) and:

• Have smoked one pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years
• Are active smokers or have quit within the past 15 years

If you or someone you know meets these criteria and would like to be screened for lung cancer at City of Hope, call 626-218-9410 for more information.

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SUMUM launches sleep clinic – Odisha News In English https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/sumum-launches-sleep-clinic-odisha-news-in-english/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 11:43:11 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/sumum-launches-sleep-clinic-odisha-news-in-english/ Bhubaneswar, November 19: There is a misconception in the public mind that snoring is a sign of good sleep. But few realize that snoring is just one aspect of sleep disorders that also has a public safety aspect. People with disturbed sleep tend to fall asleep during the day and appear lethargic. Sleep deprivation can […]]]>

Bhubaneswar, November 19: There is a misconception in the public mind that snoring is a sign of good sleep. But few realize that snoring is just one aspect of sleep disorders that also has a public safety aspect.

People with disturbed sleep tend to fall asleep during the day and appear lethargic. Sleep deprivation can lead to many other problems, including heart attacks, strokes, accidents, memory loss, and more. It can endanger a person’s health and safety.

Forty to 50% of the population suffers from some sort of sleep-related disorder that most of them were unaware of and only seek medical attention after developing a complication.

To raise awareness and for early assessment of sleep disorders, SUM Ultimate Medicare (SUMUM) has launched a LEVEL 1 Sleep Clinic and Sleep Lab to provide a holistic approach to sleep disorder management.

Patients with sleep disorders can see sleep specialists at the SUMUM Sleep Clinic Monday through Saturday.

Additionally, the hospital is also launching a smoking cessation clinic to help people quit smoking.

Tobacco use, mainly cigarette or bidi, is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in India. It is a fact that smoking increases the risk of different cancers including lung, liver and colorectal cancer. Smokers account for 85% of lung cancers. In addition, smoking increases the risk of respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and cardiovascular diseases. During pregnancy, smoking increases the rate of complications, including miscarriages, stillbirths, premature births, fetal growth retardation and birth defects. Neonatal and pediatric complications of tobacco exposure include sudden infant death syndrome and abnormal lung function in children, such as asthma.

Despite the magnitude of the tobacco-related disease burden, more than 100 million adults in India smoke. Quitting smoking is therefore one of the most important and difficult steps a person can take to improve their health. Most smokers make several attempts to quit before they finally quit.

“We are also launching a smoking cessation clinic as part of SUMUM’s pulmonary medicine department to make it easier for people who value their health and that of their family members. The Smoking Cessation Clinic and Sleep Clinic would provide medical and lifestyle solutions to habitual cigarette smokers and those with sleep disorders with the help of a qualified team of pulmonologists, respiratory therapists , psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and dietitians. We intend to make this journey smoother through comprehensive care,” said SUMUM CEO Dr. Swetapadma Dash.

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California vaping flavor ban could be deadly https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/california-vaping-flavor-ban-could-be-deadly/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:01:29 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/california-vaping-flavor-ban-could-be-deadly/ The campaign for Proposition 31, a ballot initiative Californians overwhelmingly endorsed last week, urged voters to “protect children from candy-flavored tobacco.” This slogan contained an impressive amount of dishonesty in five words. The main target of the initiative was nicotine vaping products, which do not contain tobacco and were already legally reserved for adults. Proposition […]]]>

The campaign for Proposition 31, a ballot initiative Californians overwhelmingly endorsed last week, urged voters to “protect children from candy-flavored tobacco.” This slogan contained an impressive amount of dishonesty in five words.

The main target of the initiative was nicotine vaping products, which do not contain tobacco and were already legally reserved for adults. Proposition 31 decrees that adults cannot buy such products in flavors other than tobacco, thus undermining the most promising harm-reducing alternative to cigarettes.

Proposition 31 was a referendum on SB 793, a 2020 law that restricts “characterizing flavors” in “tobacco products.” California counterintuitively defines “tobacco product” to include “an electronic device that delivers nicotine,” whether or not the nicotine is derived from tobacco.

Under SB 793, “tobacco taste or flavor” is the only “characterizing flavor” that can legally be added to vaping products. This rule, which aims to discourage underage consumption by making these products less appealing to teenagers, will simultaneously discourage smokers from switching to a much less dangerous source of nicotine.

“Big Tobacco targeted our children, trying to hook our children to tobacco products, literally killing a generation,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said after signing SB 793. The bill’s author, Sen. Jerry Hill (D‒San Mateo), said the industry “wants to keep killing people with its candy, fruit, mint, menthol flavored poison”.

Contrary to these warnings, there is no evidence that nicotine vaping products “kill” anyone. In fact, they are far less dangerous than cigarettes, which expose smokers to a myriad of toxic and carcinogenic combustion products.

According to a 2018 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “laboratory testing of e-cigarette ingredients, in vitro toxicology testing, and short-term human studies suggest that e-cigarettes are probably much less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes.” The British Royal College of Physicians also claims that “vaping is not completely risk free, but is far less harmful than smoking tobacco”.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the potential of vaping to reduce smoking-related deaths. “E-cigarettes, as a general class, pose significantly less risk than a combustible cigarette product,” said Brian King, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Still, the FDA seems determined to ban nicotine vapes in non-tobacco flavors, the same policy California has adopted. Proponents of the policy note that teenagers overwhelmingly prefer targeted flavors. But adults too.

According to survey data, three-quarters of adult vapers prefer flavors banned by California. A 2020 study of 383 adult vapers found that “preference for tobacco and menthol or mint decreased over time”, while “preference for fruit remained stable” and preference for “chocolate/ sweets or other sweets” increased.

A 2022 study asked 851 vapers how they would react if the government banned the flavors they prefer. While 29% said they would switch to all flavors still allowed, 28% said they would “find a way” to get banned flavors, suggesting California-style bans could lead consumers to potentially dangerous options on the black market; 17% said they would “stop vaping and smoke instead”, putting them at potentially more deadly risk; and 13 percent said they weren’t sure what they would do.

A 2021 study provides further evidence that the policy California voters just approved is likely to harm public health. It found that “San Francisco’s ban on sales of flavored tobacco products was associated with a higher likelihood of self-reported recent smoking among underage high school students compared to trends in other school districts.”

Last year in the American Journal of Public Health, 15 leading tobacco researchers have warned that vaping flavor restrictions could have a perverse effect. “While flavor bans could reduce youth interest in e-cigarettes,” they wrote, “they could also reduce vaping among adult smokers to quit smoking.”

Proponents of the California ban were so focused on portraying themselves as righteous protectors of children that they failed to even acknowledge this danger. The consequences can be deadly.

© Copyright 2022 by Creators Syndicate Inc.

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New Mexico Department of Health encourages smokers to quit with annual event https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/new-mexico-department-of-health-encourages-smokers-to-quit-with-annual-event/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 21:26:10 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/new-mexico-department-of-health-encourages-smokers-to-quit-with-annual-event/ SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) — If you want to kick the habit of smoking or vaping, a New Mexico department is participating in a health-focused event. The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will help those who want to quit smoking. Thursday, November 17 marks the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smoke Out. “Nicotine […]]]>

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) — If you want to kick the habit of smoking or vaping, a New Mexico department is participating in a health-focused event. The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will help those who want to quit smoking.

Thursday, November 17 marks the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smoke Out.

“Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound in tobacco plants, and it’s nicotine that drives people to use tobacco products, even when they want to quit,” said the Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Health. Health, David R. Scrase, MD, “Our programs are American. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration and have been shown to help people successfully quit nicotine use.

NMDOH officials said that in 2020, data showed that 16.1% of New Mexico adults are cigarette smokers, but the number of people using vaping products has increased. A campaign to create tobacco-free environments for children said one in three New Mexico high school kids vape.

The NMDOH will provide free services to those who wish to quit any type of nicotine product, including coaching, nicotine patches, etc.

More information about the event can be found on the NMDOH website.

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stressful marriage can jeopardize recovery from heart attack – Consumer Health News https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/stressful-marriage-can-jeopardize-recovery-from-heart-attack-consumer-health-news/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 11:52:46 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/stressful-marriage-can-jeopardize-recovery-from-heart-attack-consumer-health-news/ MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A bad marriage can break your heart — literally. Heart attack survivors in a stressful relationship are more likely to have a difficult recovery, a new study has found. “We found that there is an independent association between severe marital stress and worse outcomes during their first year […]]]>

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A bad marriage can break your heart — literally.

Heart attack survivors in a stressful relationship are more likely to have a difficult recovery, a new study has found.

“We found that there is an independent association between severe marital stress and worse outcomes during their first year of recovery,” said lead researcher Cenjing Zhu, a doctoral candidate in chronic disease epidemiology at Yale School. of Public Health.

Compared to people in healthy relationships, heart patients under severe marital stress were 67% more likely to experience recurrent chest pain within the first year of recovery, Zhu and colleagues found.

Severe marital stress also increased a person’s chances of rehospitalization by almost 50% and affected their quality of life and health.

On a 12-item scale, for example, participants with severe marital stress scored 2.6 points lower in mental health and more than 1.6 points lower in physical health, compared to those reporting little or no stress.

Zhu is due to present the results Sunday at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in Chicago.

The findings shed new light on the nuanced effect relationships can have on a person’s health, said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, medical director of Atria New York City and clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU Grossman School. of Health.

“Previous marriage studies found that people in relationships had better heart health than those who weren’t in relationships,” said Goldberg, who was not part of the research. “But this study actually looks at relationship quality and the severe marital stress that plagues couples.”

For the study, Zhu and his colleagues followed nearly 1,600 American adults between the ages of 18 and 55 who were treated for a heart attack between 2008 and 2012. These people were located across the country and were all married or engaged. in a partnership.

Participants completed a 17-item questionnaire designed to assess marital stress and were categorized into three categories: mild or no stress, moderate stress, and severe stress. The researchers then followed them for up to a year to see how well they did.

More women than men reported marital stress. Nearly 4 in 10 women reported suffering from severe marital stress, compared to 3 in 10 men.

Patients should “be aware that marital stress in their lives could affect their recovery,” Zhu said.

People whose relationship stress is affecting their recovery from a heart attack should seek counseling and get “the help they need to reduce stress, anxiety or depression,” Goldberg said.

The stress of a bad marriage could affect recovery in several ways, she said.

The strain caused by a bad relationship “definitely has a negative impact on cardiovascular risk factors, especially with the increase in blood pressure, which makes it very difficult with someone who is very stressed or anxious to diet. medical or lifestyle program,” Goldberg said.

According to the American Heart Association, stress can destroy a person’s energy level and rob them of the sleep they need to recover. Stress has also been linked to irregular heart rate and rhythm, high blood pressure, digestive problems, inflammation, and reduced blood flow to the heart.

Disagreeing with a partner can also deprive a heart attack patient of the support they need during this critical time in their life, Goldberg added.

“When you’re someone who’s had a heart attack, you have to go on a medical diet, probably change the way you eat, quit smoking, and change your life,” she said. “But it’s a challenge if you’re not in a supportive environment.”

Physicians guiding a heart attack patient through recovery must consider their mental and emotional health as much as their physical health, Zhu and Goldberg said.

“Our results really underscore the importance of assessing daily stress, as it is currently not incorporated into routine screening,” Zhu said.

Goldberg agreed.

“It’s really important for clinicians, the people who are caring for the person who has had the heart attack, not only to address the traditional risk factors, but also to be aware of the mental health component in heart attack care. ‘a heart patient,'” Goldberg said. “Heart attack recovery isn’t just about the things we can do medically. It’s really time we understood that mental health is linked to our physical health.”

Results presented at medical meetings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The American Heart Association says more about stress and heart health.

SOURCES: Cenjing Zhu, MPhil, doctoral candidate, chronic disease epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Conn. ; Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director, Atria New York City, and clinical associate professor, medicine, NYU Grossman School of Health, New York City; American Heart Association, press release, October 31, 2022

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What is the price of a unique experience? https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/what-is-the-price-of-a-unique-experience/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/what-is-the-price-of-a-unique-experience/ Editor’s Note: The article below contains spoilers for Cabinet of Curiosities andepisode “The Viewing”. What if you received an invitation, out of the blue, to be part of a very exclusive viewing at the house of a reclusive billionaire? It could be the experience of a lifetime, but it comes with risks. Despite everything, four […]]]>

Editor’s Note: The article below contains spoilers for Cabinet of Curiosities andepisode “The Viewing”.


What if you received an invitation, out of the blue, to be part of a very exclusive viewing at the house of a reclusive billionaire? It could be the experience of a lifetime, but it comes with risks. Despite everything, four strangers will answer the call in Panos Cosmetics‘ (mandy) “The Viewing”, the most stylish episode of Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Toro.

Written by Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn, “The Viewing” might become the most controversial episode of the series, as it puts style way before substance. Even so, there’s something fascinating about a drug-infused slow burn that ends so explosively. But before we get to “The Viewing’s” weird conclusion, we have to go back to the night of September 22, 1979, when four people met in a garage in the middle of the night.

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On the evening of the viewing, the four guests of billionaire Lionel Lassiter (Pierre Weller) find themselves in a garage without knowing what they are going to see that evening or why their host is so discreet. The group is made up of the famous novelist Guy Landon (Steve Agee), musician Randall Roth (Eric Andre), astrophysicist Charlotte Xie (Charlyne Yi), and esoteric Targ Reinhard (Michel Therriault). It’s an unusual set, and all they have in common is that they’ve appeared on late-night radio talk shows. While discussing the mysterious viewing they are about to take part in, a man named Hector (Saad Siddiqui) arrives with a van and tells them to get on board.

Hector’s van has no windows in the back that guests can use to see where they are going. They only know that Lionel meets them at the Sandpiper House, a bespoke mansion where the billionaire remains hidden from the world. The conversation is soon interrupted by Hector, who reveals that their host asked them to listen in silence to a radio broadcast during their trip. Meanwhile, we see Lionel in the Sandpiper House being injected with drugs by Dr. Zahra (Sophie Boutella), his right arm. This scene will be the first of many drug use moments in “The Viewing”.

When guests arrive at the Sandpiper Mansion, they are taken to a room with golden machine guns hanging from the walls, where Dr. Zahra awaits them on an oversized round couch. Around the sofa are glasses with each guest’s favorite drinks. More than showing hospitality, the drinks are proof of Lionel’s reach, as he gathered information about each of the guests to the point where he knew Randall loved LapSang SouChong tea along with rare Tibetan menthol cigarettes. While everyone is happy with their drink, Randall seems preoccupied with the cigarettes. He tried to quit smoking and doesn’t seem comfortable with the gift.

Lionel comes into the room with a special bottle of Japanese whiskey that survived World War II bombings and an earthquake. The bottle is unique, but Lionel opens it to share it with his guests. Randall is the only one who doesn’t want to drink, but he’s pushed by Lionel, who wants everyone to be on the same page before the viewing. Randall drinks the whiskey, smokes a cigarette and prepares for the next rounds.

While talking around the table, Lionel reveals why each of them was chosen to be part of the thrilling viewing. Guy was once the greatest novelist of all time and might need some extraordinary experience to inspire him to be great again. Charlotte has developed equations that show that we are not alone in the universe and that aliens are likely real. Targ’s supposed extra-sensory abilities allow him to connect to other planes of existence. And Randall is the greatest living musician, and since there is no art form superior to music, Lionel wanted him to use viewing to take his compositions to the next level.

Lionel’s explanation already gives us clues about the object of the viewing. Yet, before moving into the obelisk room, Lionel makes sure his guests smoke weed and snort the finest Peruvian cocaine, spiced with a blue powder drug developed by Dr. Zahra herself. Drug use is a test for Lionel to see if his guests are ready to expand their consciousness. And since no one wants to be left out of the party, they all get high as much as a human being can get. And when everyone stumbles, Lionel finally decides to start watching.

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Lionel’s guests are taken to an adjacent room where a giant meteorite is displayed atop a pedestal. The meteorite looks like a fossil instead of a rock, and Charlotte is the first to notice its uniqueness. It turns out that the meteorite is insensitive to X-rays, cannot be dated by carbon tests and appears to be made of a substance not found in the periodic table. So, despite Lionel’s money, he couldn’t find out what the meteorite really was, even though it’s obvious that it didn’t come from Earth.

Pumped by the viewing, Randall lights cigarettes in the obelisk room, despite being told by Lionel to put them out. All the guests discuss the nature of the meteor until the mineral inhales smoke from Randall’s cigarette. Then, to make matters stranger, the stone begins to glow with pulsating light and emits an almost deafening high-pitched sound. Finally, the meteor shatters, revealing a yellow slimy creature hidden inside. Two tentacles rise from the creature’s body to the ceiling, trapping everyone in a trance. Their noses begin to bleed as the electricity in the mansion begins to crackle. The first victim is Targ, whose face melts. After that, Guy’s head explodes, breaking everyone’s trance.

Once freed from the creature’s spell, Charlotte and Randall flee the obelisk room as fast as they can. Dr. Zahra, however, tries to touch the alien, only to melt his face. As for Lionel, the billionaire is sitting on the ground, shocked by the bloody spectacle. The creature melts, drips from the pedestals and expands towards Lionel, merging with the man’s body.

Hector realizes something is wrong when Charlotte and Randall escape from the Obelkisk room. After opening the door to let the guests out of the mansion, Hector grabs one of the machine guns from the wall and goes after the alien. The creature asks Hector for help, only to be greeted by bullets. The alien remains unscathed from Hector’s attack and retaliates with the two tentacles growing from Lionel’s back. As a result, Hector is fried by the creature’s yellow electricity.

Charlotte and Randall steal one of Lionel’s cars and drive as fast as they can through the night. After a while, Charlotte pauses. They wonder if what they experienced was real and, as Lionel wished, their lives will be changed forever. As for the creature, it escapes the mansion, wanders through the woods, and gazes at its reflection in a puddle. The image makes the creature scream in pain, and we wonder if the scream is coming from the human trapped inside or the alien lost in our world. Then the creature enters the sewers and emerges into the city, disrupting the electricity wherever it goes. And eventually, Lionel becomes part of the alien’s collection instead of owning the world’s most valuable item.

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HUNTER: New anti-gun laws won’t stop a single murder or shooting https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/hunter-new-anti-gun-laws-wont-stop-a-single-murder-or-shooting/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 17:50:53 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/hunter-new-anti-gun-laws-wont-stop-a-single-murder-or-shooting/ Breadcrumb Links Crime Canada Publication date : October 25, 2022 • 6 hours ago • 3 minute read • 39 comments Peter Alexandros Madimenos, 38, of Toronto, was killed in a shooting on Queen Street West near Bathurst Street on Saturday October 22, 2022. Picture by handout /Toronto Police Content of the article In Alan […]]]>

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In Alan Carr’s seminal book An easy way to quit smokingthe man who once pounded five packs a day made a startling discovery at an anti-smoking conference.

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None of the participants had ever smoked.

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Carr wondered: how could people who had never smoked a cigarette know about the pleasures of smoking or the psychological hold it exerts on its addicts?

I was thinking of Carr as the Liberal government unveiled its new tough guns law. This is not a crime-fighting and gangbuster strategy. It’s a red herring. And it is a sham.

Former Liberal leader Steven Del Duca wanted to ban handguns.  They already are.  A firearm was seized by Toronto police on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Former Liberal leader Steven Del Duca wanted to ban handguns. They already are. A firearm was seized by Toronto police on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Photo by TORONTO POLICE DOCUMENT /Toronto Sun

The federal government calls it a “freeze” on the sale, purchase and transfer of handguns. It came into effect on Friday.

“What can you say,” said a veteran homicide detective The Toronto Sun on condition of anonymity. “Banning legal handguns is not the answer. No one who kills ever has a regulation and legal handgun.

The cop added that until the guns stop hemorrhaging across the porous US border, Canada’s morgues will remain busier than a trendy restaurant.

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“This needs to be stemmed, number one,” the detective said, adding that he didn’t believe tougher sentences would curb the bloodshed.

“Probably not. There’s always the farm crew ready to pick up a gun. As long as there are guns, the criminals will keep shooting.

He added: “And die.”

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The new laws came into force on Friday. As the sun went down on Monday there were new gunshot victims to add to a growing tally, apparently their plight has not been helped by legislation.

In Toronto, cops received reports of an early morning dust in the area of ​​Queen Street West and Augusta Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning after witnesses said multiple shots were fired .

Upon arrival, they found Peter Alexandros Madimenos, 38, seriously injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Madimenos had been shot.

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So far, there are no suspects in the city’s 57th homicide of 2022. Hard on the guns didn’t really help here, did it?

A 27-year-old woman was shot and injured in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Police say the shooting was targeted.

The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening, and the cops arrest a quintet of morons in the chaos. A 37-year-old man faces 22 charges, including one count of attempted murder, aggravated assault and unauthorized use of a firearm.

Elsewhere, a Calgary man targeted cops in Moose Jaw with bullets and was later arrested for attempted murder. He was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for escaping from Cowtown while on parole.

And in London, two people were shot dead early Sunday morning in the city centre. Their injuries are considered not to be life-threatening.

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The new week has not seen a new leaf turn.

A man was shot just 30 minutes into the new day on Monday around Sheppard Ave. W and Leslie Street in North York. Police said the victim’s injuries were serious.

Another near miss occurred mid-afternoon in Scarborough when a man was shot dead near Bridlewood Shopping Centre. He is expected to survive.

This is not the case with Peter Madimenos.

The feds are a lot like those anti-tobacco warriors who hold anti-tobacco conferences. Filled with deadly certainty, yet totally removed from the real world.

But it’s good for their constituents who don’t have to worry about bullets punching through their walls and hitting their children. Or take a stray bullet on a Saturday night.

They live well-protected and golden lives.

The rest of us? Not really.

We’re like the lone smoker at an anti-smoking conference harassed by people who have no idea what they’re talking about.

bhunter@postmedia.com

@HunterTOSun

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Pharma, technology and social media companies join forces with WHO to launch the Smoking Cessation Consortium at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/pharma-technology-and-social-media-companies-join-forces-with-who-to-launch-the-smoking-cessation-consortium-at-the-world-health-summit-in-berlin-germany/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 10:29:16 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/pharma-technology-and-social-media-companies-join-forces-with-who-to-launch-the-smoking-cessation-consortium-at-the-world-health-summit-in-berlin-germany/ At the World Health Summit in Berlin, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus officially launched the Smoking Cessation Consortium, a group of private and public sector partners that helps people access essential cessation support and treatment to cope with tobacco addiction. This business coalition will support WHO’s work on smoking cessation and identify mutually beneficial […]]]>

At the World Health Summit in Berlin, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus officially launched the Smoking Cessation Consortium, a group of private and public sector partners that helps people access essential cessation support and treatment to cope with tobacco addiction.

This business coalition will support WHO’s work on smoking cessation and identify mutually beneficial ways to expand tobacco users’ access to cessation tools and medications. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of working together and leveraging each other’s public health resources and work.

“The WHO Smoking Cessation Consortium is open for business. We work with private sector companies and other partners to help people quit smoking and improve their health. Immediately after quitting smoking, a person’s body begins to repair the parts damaged by tobacco – in just 2 to 12 weeks, circulation improves and lung function increases,” said Ruediger Krech, director of the department. health promotion at the World Health Organization.

“We are proud to be part of the launch of this Consortium to combat the global tobacco epidemic. As a company committed to advancing public health, we commend WHO for bringing together public and private sector partners to strengthen smoking cessation efforts. Together, we can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of tobacco users around the world,” said Thibaut Mongon, Executive Vice President, Global President, Consumer Health, Johnson & Johnson.

“In the context of a growing youth population and an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, the number of tobacco users in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase to 62 million by 2025. [1]. Without the innovative last mile interventions offered by the WHO Smoking Cessation Consortium, such as accessible digital tools, we will not be able to stop or even slow the rise in tobacco deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, said said Debbie Rogers, CEO, Praekelt.org.

Helping people quit smoking is essential to ending the tobacco epidemic. Smoking cessation is an essential public health investment. It saves lives, protects health and ultimately reduces government spending.

Globally, an estimated 1.3 billion people use tobacco products, and 80% of these tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related disease is greatest. heavy.

In Germany alone, where the Consortium was launched, 23% of the adult population currently smokes tobacco [1].

In the context of the pandemic, evidence has shown that smokers are at increased risk of serious consequences from COVID-19 and death.

When smokers realize the dangers of tobacco, most want to quit [3]. Latest figures show that 60% of tobacco users worldwide have expressed a desire to quit, but only 30% have access to comprehensive smoking cessation services.

The Consortium is based on five pillars and will focus on problem solving in collaboration with partners.

  1. Pharmacotherapies and supply – to ensure regular delivery of products and medicines that help people quit smoking
  2. Strengthening health systems – to ensure people get the support they need to quit smoking
  3. Advocacy and policy – ​​to speak to those in power and advocate for increased investment in cessation
  4. Research and development – ​​to identify new innovations and research ideas
  5. Digital and technology – to reach more people through digital channels and promote the tools developed by our partners.

[3] Intention to quit smoking and predictive factors among current smokers in Vietnam: results from the 2020 adult smoking survey: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1179173X221098460#table1-1179173X221098460

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Managing Weight Conversations in Non-White Patients https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/managing-weight-conversations-in-non-white-patients/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 13:43:55 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/managing-weight-conversations-in-non-white-patients/ You are nearing the end of a busy clinic day and your last patient has just been checked in. This is a review of a new patient with a middle aged black woman who is new to the area. Typically, you find these visits energizing, but a quick review of medical history and vital signs […]]]>

You are nearing the end of a busy clinic day and your last patient has just been checked in. This is a review of a new patient with a middle aged black woman who is new to the area. Typically, you find these visits energizing, but a quick review of medical history and vital signs leaves you a bit apprehensive.

This patient has several chronic medical conditions, including hypertension, osteoarthritis of the knees and prediabetes, as well as a body mass index (BMI) of 38. Good, you think, if this patient could lose weight, it would solve all her problems. However, you pause for a moment because you’ve overheard other people in the practice mentioning that their patients of color are less interested in treating obesity.


Jamy D. Ard, MD

Some have speculated on the reason for this, but you don’t know if it’s true based on your personal experience. Nevertheless, you have noticed that your patients of color are less likely to seek your advice on weight management. Is it because you don’t highlight it for fear of offending someone from a different cultural group? Uncertain and cautious, you choose not to talk about it. Did this moment of discomfort create a missed opportunity to tackle obesity and its complications?

Body weight and even the term “obesity” are tense discussions for many healthcare professionals and patients. Obesity is visible, while many other chronic diseases are not. Our society has stigmatized weight with inherent assumptions about character, intelligence, worth and work ethic. Weight is also associated with personal aesthetics and is subject to constant criticism from self, friends, family and society.

With all this baggage, it’s no wonder that many healthcare professionals avoid the subject with their patients. However, avoiding the topic does a disservice to patients and, from a health equity perspective, people of color who have higher rates of obesity are at an even greater disadvantage in efforts to to achieve a state of health and well-being.

Discussing body weight with patients is complex

The complexities of discussing body weight with your patients of color are many. Some members of communities of color, such as black people, may have different opinions about what healthy body weight and attractive body size look like. It is often traditional perspectives that value large body sizes as a sign of wealth, power, and health. This perspective can apply to all stages of life, from young children to older adults, and conflicts with many mainstream medical paradigms that show clear associations between higher body weight and increased risk of health problems. health.

Patients of color may also understand some of the nuances of excess body fat enough to dispute that BMI applies to them because BMI does not take into account the distribution of body fat, understanding that the worst health outcomes are associated with central adiposity versus peripheral adiposity. This makes discussion of the concept of obesity more difficult.

Using culturally competent care concepts in the context of understanding obesity as a chronic disease can help overcome these challenges and enhance one’s sense of self-efficacy to initiate conversations with patients from all backgrounds and identities.

A culturally competent approach increases the likelihood that the patient feels heard in the discussion rather than experiencing a one-way exchange. Additionally, patients are likely to be more involved in shared decision-making, which will increase the likelihood that treatment will be initiated. Finally, patients will learn that this concern is primarily about their health and not a judgment of character or appearance, as is unfortunately the case for many of our obese patients.

If healthcare providers don’t lean into this conversation with their patients from different backgrounds, we will continue to see the growing obesity disparity. We can use the 5As framework (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange) as a tool for health care providers to provide culturally appropriate care. This can make conversations about obesity and treatment more meaningful for the patient and less anxiety-provoking for the clinician. The 5 As are a good starting point to guide discussions about chronic conditions that require patient engagement and involvement in optimizing the treatment plan and its implementation.

Most clinicians are familiar with this smoking cessation counseling framework, where clinicians can ask permission to discuss smoking cessation. If the patient confirms, the clinician then informs him of the health risks associated with tobacco use. The clinician then assesses the patient’s interest in quitting smoking. Finally, the clinician assists in offering resources or treatment consistent with goals and arranges follow-up to review progress.

Using the 5 A’s for obesity is not much different from what one might do when counseling to quit smoking. However, there are ways to improve cultural competence using this obesity-specific framework. The first step is to recognize your own bias and how it might influence your assumptions and interactions. This can be difficult to determine because no one wants to believe they have a bias, but we all do to varying degrees.

Bias in the context of obesity care can manifest itself in many ways, including how you recommend certain types of treatment. We make other assumptions as a matter of routine. For example, looking at the new patient assessment scenario we started with, most would probably assume that the patient gained weight to reach their current BMI of 38. However, have you considered that the patient might already be engaged in active treatment and could have lost weight to reach this BMI, representing a healthier state?

The next consideration is to expand What you ask. Instead of just asking about the patient’s weight, it would be better to ask what the patient thinks about her weight and her health. This introduction creates an opportunity to learn more from the patient’s perspective while limiting the ability for the clinician to start with their own beliefs and perspectives. Additionally, the clinician can explore body image preferences and avoid assumptions based on race or self-identified appearance that border on stereotyping. Understanding the patient’s values, belief systems, and core elements of identity will help navigate the treatment discussion in a thoughtful, patient-centered way.

Additional considerations for other components of the 5As include counseling the patient about the link between obesity and other chronic diseases and assisting the patient with social support.

Many people from backgrounds where heavier body sizes are preferable may not have a clear understanding of the associated health risks. Linking the biology of weight regulation to common health risks can be a vital part of educating the patient about why you are concerned.

It also provides an opportunity to let the patient know that improving health or preventing disease does not require achieving a “normal” BMI, which may be difficult for many or undesirable as a personal goal. . For example, stating that a 10% to 15% weight loss can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes or significant reductions in blood pressure, but is unlikely to lead to adverse body image, can reconcile discrepancies the patient may feel (ie, “I want to be healthier but I like my curves”).

If the patient is reluctant to engage in treatment, the counseling stage is where this hesitation can be translated into goals of preventing weight gain as well as improving nutrition and physical fitness. Assisting the patient in a culturally competent way may include considerations of family and social dynamics that may influence patient engagement and social support.

Patients of color undergoing treatment for obesity may have to generate social support outside of their normal social networks. They may also need to explain to friends and family what they are doing and why they are doing it. As a result, many patients may not wish to tell others about their weight management treatment, leading to social isolation. Providing social support resources in the community or trusted online sources can help reduce some feelings of isolation.

Having conversations with your patients from different cultural backgrounds about their weight doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. In many cases, you are not the first healthcare professional to talk to the patient about weight. However, you can be the one who does it in a thoughtful, engaging, and impactful way.

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Association between parental country of birth and smoking risk among South Korean adolescents https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/association-between-parental-country-of-birth-and-smoking-risk-among-south-korean-adolescents/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 13:37:16 +0000 https://rauchen-aufgeben.org/association-between-parental-country-of-birth-and-smoking-risk-among-south-korean-adolescents/ This study aimed to determine if there is a significant correlation between multicultural families and adolescent smoking. Our results indicate that when adolescent girls have a multicultural background, they have an increased risk of smoking and that adolescent boys have an increased risk of smoking only when both parents are foreigners. There are many aspects […]]]>

This study aimed to determine if there is a significant correlation between multicultural families and adolescent smoking. Our results indicate that when adolescent girls have a multicultural background, they have an increased risk of smoking and that adolescent boys have an increased risk of smoking only when both parents are foreigners.

There are many aspects of higher smoking status among multicultural adolescents compared to South Korean adolescents. One of these aspects is the influence of peers on the multicultural smoking status of adolescents. Peer networks and their influence have been identified as important factors, as they may engage in or refrain from risky behaviors23. Friendships are formed based on common behaviors, including smoking, and studies show that teens seek out groups of friends with similar smoking attitudes and behaviors23. In a recent study of eighth-grade students in South Korea, multicultural teens were more likely to commit wrongdoing than monocultural teens, and smoking was no exception.24.

Moreover, depending on the country of birth of the parents, this could have influenced the difference in smoking status among adolescents. Attitude towards smoking may differ, such as whether parents smoke directly depending on nationality25. Additionally, the trend of multicultural families with low socioeconomic status (SES) could be a reason. Especially in South Korea, married multicultural families tend to have a large age gap, low income and low education26. In terms of income, a 2017 study by the Korean Youth Policy Institute showed that the average monthly income of multicultural households was 2.68 million won (equivalent to $2,135), about 1 million won less than most South Korean households.27. As low SES is known to be a proxy measure of family attitudes towards locus of control and general value of health28it could have had a big influence on smoking among multicultural teenagers.

The difference in results by sex could be due to social sanctions. In South Korea, smoking among young people is considered a delinquent behavior, but there is a tendency to see it as a more serious act among girls22. Also, smoking is considered a male characteristic, as it shows masculinity and male bonding29. This could explain why the smoking rate among boys was similar across all domains despite the difference in nationality of their parents.

Children whose parents were born abroad were more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts. These children tend to face conflict while growing up in different cultures. Their experiences can cause issues with their identity and values.30. Additionally, a lack of Korean language skills can affect multicultural teenagers. Limited Korean language ability can lead to difficulty in understanding the culture, possibly resulting in high cultural adaptation stress31. Similarly, a lack of Korean language skills can lower self-esteem, increasing stress and depression.32. Additionally, limitations in verbal communication can lead to difficulties in school relationships and missed school-presented assignments.31. These factors can affect adolescent mental health, which is closely linked to smoking problems.33.

Multicultural teenagers whose parents were born abroad in a low-income country have a higher risk of smoking than Korean teenagers. This can be due to many reasons. This could be related to the fact that 34% of children aged 13 to 15 who smoke in various forms are from Southeast Asia. In addition, the smoking rate among adolescents aged 15 and over in both sexes is 45%, which is the highest in the world. Additionally, when comparing smoking rates between South Korea (male: 34%, female: 6.7%) and other countries, smoking was higher in low-income countries.34. For example, countries like Russia have the highest smoking rates in Europe among men (over 60%) and women (over 20%)35. In Uzbekistan, although the smoking rate among women was low (1.6%), it was 38.1% among men36. Absence of tobacco-related legal regulations in Southeast Asian countries and awareness of low risk reportedly more influential among adolescents from multicultural families in Korea37. Additionally, discrimination based on skin color or being treated like an outcast is a common experience for multicultural children.38. In addition, people from developing countries face more discrimination than those from more developed countries.39. People with appearances similar to Koreans are less likely to be discriminated against than people with different appearances, study finds40. Experiences of discrimination can cause negative feelings, and to erase these emotions, delinquent behaviors like smoking are more likely41.

Multicultural teenagers whose parents were born overseas in North Korea had a higher risk of smoking than South Korean teenagers. According to the Constitution of South Korea, Article 3 states the following: “The territory of the Republic of Korea includes the Korean Peninsula and its adjacent islands”42, which means that by law, North Korean defectors are considered South Korean. However, while socially and culturally, North Korean defectors are compatriots with the same ethnic roots, they are also cultural minorities who find it difficult to adapt to South Korean society and are sometimes discriminated against.43also due to political issues44; furthermore, many North Korean defectors have to deal with the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Traumatic experiences of fleeing North Korea include starvation, the risk of being discovered, and the stress of the vetting process by North Korean and Chinese border guards, according to research. The more psychological trauma they have suffered, the greater the externalizing and internalizing problems.45. Especially for young male North Korean defectors, difficulty in coping appears as externalizing issues, such as deviance and delinquency46.

This study has certain limitations. First, as this was a cross-sectional survey, causalities could not be confirmed. Second, the data was self-reported by the participants. Answers may not reflect actual smoking status. Third, the KYRBWS only includes Asian countries. According to Statistics Korea47, the top five nationalities in international marriages between South Korean women and foreign men include men from the United States, Australia and Canada. Fourth, factors such as peer influence could not be observed due to data limitations. These limitations should be considered in future studies.

Despite the limitations, this study has its strengths. First, this study used the most recent national stratified data, at several stages. Therefore, the results are representative of adolescents in South Korea. Second, by dividing participants by family type, this study offers new insights into the association between parents’ country of birth and adolescent smoking status.

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