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  1. E-Cigarettes 101

    Electronic cigarettes: Are they safer than tobacco? Or are they a high-tech way to hook a new generation on a bad nicotine habit? Nobody knows yet. Research into the effects of e-cigarettes lags behind their popularity. But ready or not, the era of e-cigarettes is here. It’s a booming, billion-dolla

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  2. Your Quit-Smoking Fears Debunked

    You know you should quit smoking for your health's sake. So what's holding you back? Maybe you’re afraid of the weight gain, that it will wreck your mood, or that it won't work. But what if that wasn't necessarily so? It's time to lay your quit-smoking fears to rest once and for all. Here's what exp

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  3. Is Smoking Dragging You Down?

    If you smoke, you've likely heard the pleas from friends and family to quit. You probably know that smoking makes heart disease, stroke, cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other killers more likely. You might even know that smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S. and worl

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  4. What's the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our November-December 2011 issue, we asked James Beckerman, MD, WebMD's heart health expert, for tips on quitting smoking. Q: I'm finally ready to quit smoking. Do you have any tips

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  5. How to Avoid Gaining Weight When You Quit Smoking

    Many smokers worry that they'll gain weight if they try to quit. Some even use that concern as a reason not to quit. "That's a bad idea for many reasons," says Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester in New York and director of the

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  6. Surviving Without Smoke: Month 1

    You just quit smoking. Literally. Five minutes ago you put out your last cigarette. Now what? How do you get through the next few hours and days, which will be among the toughest you’ll experience, in your journey to becoming an ex-smoker?  You need practical strategies to help you survive the nicot

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  7. 10 Ways to Reduce Stress While You Quit Smoking

    Many smokers think that lighting up helps them relax. They’re fooling themselves, experts say. “Nicotine withdrawal makes people feel jittery and anxious, which smokers often confuse with feeling stressed,” says Steven Schroeder, MD, director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the Univers

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  8. Find Your Smoking Triggers

    If you’re a smoker, you know the drill. Finish a meal and you suddenly feel a powerful craving for a cigarette. Get up from your desk to take a break and all at once you want to light up. Certain times of the day, certain places, and even particular foods can spark a strong urge to smoke. Experts ca

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  9. Quit-Smoking Drugs and Nicotine Patches and Gums

    Quitting smoking is never easy. But a growing number of smoking cessation aids make it easier than ever for smokers to break their addiction to nicotine. Research suggests that medications and nicotine replacement therapies can double and sometimes even triple the chances that a smoker will successf

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  10. Snus: Stealth Health Risk

    If you use snus, do you win or lose? Snus -- alternately pronounced snoose or snooze -- is a smokeless, flavored tobacco product very different from snuff. When placed between cheek and gum, it doesn't make you spit. Even its critics admit that snus is less harmful than other forms of smokeless toba

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