SCAN Bulletin #135                                                                               April 5, 2023
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Tobacco control initiatives should consider focusing on dispelling false beliefs, such as smoking elevates moods, reduces stress and provides comfort, a new study has found.

It focused on identifying which social and psychological factors better determine intentions to quit smoking, with the aim of informing public health policy.

CDU Senior Lecturer in Business and lead author Dr. Muhammad Abid Saleem said results showed several key themes about participants' attitudes to smoking tobacco and showed how prevention efforts could be improved.

"Smokers should be encouraged to correct their misconception that smoking elates moods, reduces stress and provides comfort," Dr. Saleem said. READ MORE
One quick Google search of “electronic cigarettes and high blood pressure” and you can find yourself in a sea of information. E-cigarettes and vaping are not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. These products contain nicotine, the addictive substance that causes cravings and withdrawal symptoms. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians nicotine is a toxic chemical that raises blood pressure by narrowing blood vessels causing the heart to beat harder and faster.  READ MORE
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