Smokers who prefer menthol cigarettes may have a harder time quitting. Researchers studied more than 1,500 smokers over a fifteen year period and really looked at the effects of menthol smoking and any change in lung function and after comparing that to those who smoke regular cigarettes, they found both menthol and non-menthol are equally harmful. The big difference they found was that people who smoked menthol's were less likely to quit.
Anti-smoking messages appear to be working . The American Cancer Society reports the lives of 146,000 men have been saved because fewer people are smoking today. That number was determined by studying the rate of lung cancer deaths and how they have gone down over the years while the number of anti-smoking messages have gone up. Unfortunately, women have not experienced the same drop in lung cancer deaths. Experts say that is likely because women started smoking regularly 20 -30 years after men and women tend to take longer to quit.
A doctors group is trying to draw attention to a shortage of family physicians in the coming years as baby boomers age and require more medical attention. To help ease the shortage, the American Academy of Family Physicians wants congress to increase medicare payments to family doctors. That, because a workforce report by the group shows the number of family physicians has dropped by 50% as younger doctors opt for specialties that pay better.