10 Overlooked Reasons to Quit Smoking
If you need more incentive to quit smoking, here are some reasons that you may not know about.
Smokers with double SE genes were almost 16 times more likely to have
rheumatoid arthritis, while smokers without SE genes were only 2.4 times more
likely to be affected.
Snoring: Even Living
With a Smoker Raises Risk
Smoking - or living with a smoker -- can cause snoring, according to a study
of more than 15,000 men and women.
Habitual snoring, defined as loud and disturbing snoring at least three
nights per week, affected 24% of smokers, 20% of ex-smokers, and almost 14% of
people who had never smoked. The more people smoked, the more frequently they
snored, the researchers reported in the October issue of the American
Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Even nonsmokers were more likely to snore if they were exposed to secondhand
smoke in their homes. Almost 20% of these nonsmokers snored, compared with
nearly 13% who had never been exposed to secondhand
smoke at home.
Acid Reflux: Heavy Smoking Linked to Heartburn
People who smoke for more than 20 years are 70% more likely to have acid
reflux disease than nonsmokers, researchers reported in the November issue of
the journal Gut.
Roughly one in five people suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, known
medically as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
The researchers based their findings on two major public health surveys
conducted in Norway in the 1980s and 1990s. Just more than 3,100 people who
complained of having heartburn and 40,000 people without reflux symptoms
answered questions about lifestyle factors including diet, exercise,
alcohol consumption, and tobacco use.
Breast Cancer: Active Smoking Plays Bigger Role Than
Other research out in 2004 shows that active smoking may play a much larger
role in increasing breast cancer risk than
In the study, published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute, researchers looked at
breast cancer risk among 116,544 women in the California Teachers Study who
reported their smoking status. Between 1996 and 2000, 2,000 of the women
developed breast cancer.
The prevalence of breast cancer among current smokers was 30% higher than
the women who had never smoked -- regardless of whether the nonsmokers had been
exposed to secondhand or passive smoke.