Smoking Is Suspected in Fire that Killed Woman

A 64-year-old woman was killed in a fire early on Saturday at a residential building on Roosevelt Island, according to the police and the Fire Department.

The fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. on the 11th floor of the building, at 546 Main Street, where many older and disabled people live, the authorities said.

The woman, identified by the police as Mary Madriguera, 64, was found during a search of the floor. Fire marshals were investigating, but the Fire Department said it appeared that she had been smoking in bed in her apartment, No. 1106.

Women: Cigarette smoking to lose weight?

women cigarette smokingThe cigarette smoking habit in female university female students has reached the high rate of 5.3 percent, a recent survey says.

The survey carried out by HealthBride of Canada of nearly 2,000 female participants under 25 in Hanoi and Thai Binh provinces shows that the rate is lower in high school and elementary schools.

Medical school students do not have much more knowledge than other students about the damage smoking causes to health, said the survey.

Almost all women think smoking is a bad habit, but many say smoking helps them lose weight and relieve stress. Others say smoking is not harmful because they smoke cigarettes for females.

Passive smoking raises artery disease risk in women

passive smokingBreathing second-hand tobacco smoke significantly increases the risk of women developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), heart disease and stroke, a study in China has found.

Previous studies have drawn strong links between passive smoking and stroke and heart disease, but this is the first time that an association between second-hand smoke and PAD has been found.

PAD is a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs, causing pain and increasing the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Exercise helps pregnant women quit smoking

pregnant women quit smokingThere’s never a better time for a woman to quit smoking than when she’s pregnant, doctors say, and all it may take is a little exercise. Researchers from St. George’s University in London found that even just one day of exercise a week could help pregnant women quit smoking before giving birth.

In a study of 32 pregnant women, 25 per cent kicked the habit. That figure is comparable to non-pregnant smokers who use nicotine replacement, such as patches and gums, to quit. “These results are very encouraging and we are now conducting a randomized controlled trial with 850 women,” lead study author Michael Ussher said in a statement. “Regular exercise is ideal for any pregnant women who smoke as it’s obviously safe and the benefits are enormous.”

Smoking during pregnancy shows mixed effects

Smoking during pregnancySmoking during pregnancy appears to affect children’s birthweight, and possibly their risk of becoming overweight, but it may not directly harm other aspects of physical and cognitive development, a large study suggests.

The findings, from a study of nearly 53,000 U.S. children born in the 1960s, found that those whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were at higher risk of low birthweight — a link that studies have long noted.

There was also evidence, albeit weaker, that these children were more likely than children of non-smoking women to be overweight by age seven.

Smoking Leads To Increased Stroke Risk In Women

smoking riskA new study has found that smoking increased the stroke risk in women.

Younger women who smoke more than double their risk of stroke, compared directly to non-smokers.

Researchers carried out the study by looking at women aged 15 to 49-years old.

They all smoked cigarettes, and were found to be 2.6 times more likely to have a stroke compared to women who have never smoked.

Researchers were led by Dr. John Cole of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

The more they smoked, the higher the risk was. A woman who smoked two packs a day faces a 9.1 times increased risk.