Archive for January, 2009

Genes explain why some drinkers and smokers die young

The cost to the NHS of helping smokers kick the habit has risen from ?148 to ?244 per person, official figures have shown. Photo: GEOFF PUGH

The findings could explain why some heavy drinkers and smokers live to a ripe old age while others have their lives cut short by their habits.

The genes put carriers more at a heightened risk of developing five different types of cancer, the researchers found – skin, lung, bladder, prostate and cervical cancer.

Lung cancer in particular is one of the most deadly, killing around 35,000 sufferers in Britain every year.

State offers free stop smoking kits

free-stop-smokingThe state Department of Health is offering free kits to help Pennsylvanians stop smoking.

The catch: Smokers must set a date for quitting.

A limited number of free nicotine replacement therapy kits will be offered through Pennsylvania’s toll-free Quitline. Interested smokes can start calling 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) on Feb. 2.

“The average smoker makes between five and eight quit attempts before being successful, and those who have support are more likely to succeed,” Acting Secretary of Health Everette James said.

Pack-a-day smokers generally spend more than $1,500 a year on cigarettes.