Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout.

Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who started smoking at a young age may be at increased risk for chronic, severe menstrual pain, a new study suggests.

Smokers in Cars Pose Risk to Passengers: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that non-smoking people who sit in cars with smokers inhale some of the same cancer-causing substances and other toxins.

Many Smokers Quick to Accept Plainly Packaged Cigarettes, Study Finds

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In an attempt to make smoking less attractive, Australia recently mandated that cigarette packs there be sold in plain wrappers with large, graphic health warnings.

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening for Long-Time Smokers

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday.

Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Want to lower your risk of a first-time stroke? New guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association reinforce the idea that a healthy lifestyle is crucial.

Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsmokers who live with smokers are exposed to triple the World Health Organization's recommended safe levels of harmful air particles, a new study warns.

Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds.

Smoking-Related Illnesses in U.S. Total 14 Million, Report Finds

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 14 million major medical conditions that plague the lives of U.S. adults, according to a new government report.

Healthy Habits Might Reduce Your Colon Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A few healthy habits could reduce your risk for colon cancer, according to a new study.