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What Happens When You Quit Smoking?

Smoking poses numerous grave health hazards, including an increased risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. However, quitting smoking can initiate a process of reversing some of the damage inflicted and enhancing overall health. Although certain health improvements may require time, the cessation of smoking triggers positive changes that manifest within minutes, hours, and days. Understanding the immediate and long-term benefits of quitting smoking is essential for those committed

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Impacts of medical and non-medical cannabis on the health of older adults

The impact of medical cannabis varies across different patient conditions. In the case of older adults, existing evidence indicates that cannabis usage may correlate with increased occurrences of mental health problems, substance misuse, and acute healthcare utilization, with an uncertain balance of benefits and risks. Research incorporating a comprehensive evaluation of both advantages and drawbacks could help in crafting informed public health communications, aiming to counteract the marketing pressures targeting

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How to Quit

Making the decision to stop smoking is a crucial step towards enhancing your health, regardless of your age or smoking history. Nicotine addiction, stemming from its presence in tobacco, often complicates the process of quitting smoking. However, there are effective treatments available to support your journey towards quitting. Consider counseling, which can help you in planning your quit date and offer tips to combat withdrawals. You Can: Medications can be

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Reductions in Cannabis Use Are Associated with Improvements in Anxiety, Depression, and Sleep Quality, But Not Quality of Life

Cannabis, the most commonly used illicit substance globally, presents risks as approximately 3 out of 10 users in the U.S. develop cannabis use disorder (CUD). While initially sought for its euphoric and calming effects, chronic cannabis use can exacerbate mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and psychosis. With an increasing number seeking treatment for CUD, many cite associated mental health issues and functional impairments as motivating factors. However, the impact

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