Smoking thickens the heart’s walls and reduces function

October 18, 2016

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication:  September 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  There are already numerous reasons to quit smoking, but a study published this week provides yet another. According to the results, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, smoking thickens the heart wall, reducing pumping ability.

Length of publication:  1 webpage

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First set of local government briefings unveiled

August 16, 2012

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: NICE is developing a range of public health briefings to support local government. The first three topics to be published are on tobacco, workplace health and physical activity. The guidance gives advice on which actions are most effective in improving health and provide best value for money. For example, the recommendations for reducing levels of smoking among workers will help reduce cardiorespiratory diseases – one of the largest causes of sickness absence. The briefings highlight how local communities will benefit from the recommendations, along with examples of good practice and facts and figures to make a case of action. They are aimed at local authorities and their partner organisations in the health and voluntary sectors.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Lifetime risks of cardiovascular disease

February 12, 2012

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2012, 366 (4) p. 321-9

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study is a meta-analysis of data from 18 cohort studies involving over 250,000 adults from the last 50 years. Participants were stratified according to blood pressure, cholesterol level, smoking and diabetes. The researchers calculated the lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease according to age, sex, race and other risk factors across multiple birth cohorts. Marked differences in the lifetime risks of cardiovascular disease across risk-factor strata were observed. The authors believe that their findings have important implications for clinical disease prevention and public health practice.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Smoking breeding health inequalities, says FPH

November 10, 2010

Source: UK Faculty of Public Health

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Date of publication:  27 October 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This item highlights the north/south divide shown by the local tobacco control profiles for England, recently published by the Association of Public Health Observatories. The profiles give the rates, costs and actions of every local authority and primary care trust in the country.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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