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Smoke-Free Casinos Reduce Medical Emergencies

Commercial casinos are often exempt from smoke-free workplace laws, but a new study led by UCSF has found that when smoking is banned in casinos, it results in considerably fewer emergency calls for ambulances.

Marijuana Shown to Be Less Damaging to Lungs Than Tobacco

A large-scale national study suggests low to moderate use of marijuana is less harmful to users’ lungs than exposure to tobacco, even though the two substances contain many of the same components, according to a study led by UCSF and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Even a small dietary reduction in salt could mean fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths

Reducing salt in the American diet by as little as one-half teaspoon (or three grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year, according to a new study. Such benefits are on par with the benefits from reductions in smoking and could save the United States about $24 billion in healthcare costs, the researchers add.

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Study Indicates Link Between Second-Hand Smoke, Narrowed Neck Artery, and Dementia

Non-smokers with both long-term exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke and narrowing of the artery that brings blood to the brain had three times the risk of developing dementia than people without either of those risk factors, according to a study led by a researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

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