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HHS HealthBeat (May 23, 2014)

Smoking and staying stable

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates that cigarette smoking negatively affects postural stability – the capacity to control the body in ways that, for instance, prevent falls.

At the University of California, San Francisco, Tom Schmidt studied smokers and non-smokers. Some were enrolled in alcohol dependence treatment; others had minimal or no alcohol.

“Non-smoking participants exhibited significant improvement over eight months of abstinence from alcohol, whereas smokers exhibited no significant improvement.”   

Also, among people who had minimal or no alcohol, nonsmokers performed significantly better than smokers.

The study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 23, 2014