Higher cigarette taxes would cut the number of smokers: Study

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A new study on cigarette smoking suggests boosting the tax on cigarettes could save millions of lives worldwide.

Researchers said the drastic increase in price would cut the number of smokers by a third, and prevent 200-million premature deaths from lung cancer in this century.

The tax hike would be especially effective in low and middle-income countries where cigarettes are relatively affordable.   An estimated 1.3 billion people smoke around the world.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 Source: dailymail.co.uk 


A new study on obesity and junk food found that some people are really, really lucky when it comes to their metabolism.

In the Washington University study, 20 obese people were asked to eat an extra 1,000 calories of fast food per day until they gained an extra 6% of their body weight.

About a quarter of those obese people showed no metabolic signs that they were suffering from their obesity – even though it’s linked with a whole host of health conditions like diabetes.  Even after gorging on fast food, that same quarter still showed no metabolic risk factors that are traditionally associated with obesity.

In contrast, test subjects who already had metabolic problems before the study, became significantly worse.

The researchers said it may be in the genes.  The metabolically healthy obese people showed more expression in the genes that regulate fat production, and the more weight they gained, the harder those genes worked.

The usual caveats:  This was only one study, of only 20 people.   In short – let’s not go nuts here.

  Source: Eurekalert.org

  Source: Telegraph.co.uk