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    1. Smoking: Drop the Habit Without Picking Up Weight

      Quitting smoking and weight gain have long been linked. But when you kick the butts, is it inevitable yours will expand? True, four out of five people who smoke gain some weight. On average, people who quit gain between 4-10 pounds. Most weight tends to be gained in the first six months after quitti

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    2. S. Epatha Merkerson Crusades Against Smoking

      The devastating effects of lung cancer are never too far from S. Epatha Merkerson's heart and mind. Two of her closest friends died from the disease. And in "nothing short of a miracle," a sister beat the grim statistics -- roughly 85% die within five years -- after a scare in the 1990s. A former sm

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    3. The First 30 Days: Quit Smoking!

      By Nicole Yorio 5 ways to get started. Choose a date to stop smoking, giving yourself enough time to create a plan and to elicit advice from other people who’ve quit. Then, write in a journal how often you smoke and under what circumstances — once you’re aware of your triggers, you can come up with

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    4. Breaking the Habit

      Almost 70% of adult smokers say they want to quit; the most common reason given is concern about their health. The concern is well justified. The four leading causes of death in the U.S. -- cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and lung disease -- are all strongly linked to cigarette smoke exposur

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    5. Smoking Cessation Benefits

      Q: How long after I quit smoking will I begin to see the benefits? A: Almost immediately. Here’s a quick rundown from the Cleveland Clinic: After 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse decrease. The temperature of your hands and feet increases. After eight hours: The carbon monoxide level in your

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    6. How to Quit Smoking Like a Man

      I started smoking when I was a bored and lonely 17-year-old irrigating alfalfa fields in Utah for money and reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for enlightenment. I smoked watching magpies splash in the ditch, and for 20 years I kept sucking those nasty things for reasons of self-loath

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    7. Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

      If you're a smoker, the healthiest resolution you can make is to kick the habit. But kicking butts often goes hand in hand with weight gain. Is it possible to be both slimmer and smoke-free in the New Year? It can be done, experts say -- if you go about it the right way. First, consider this: Althou

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    8. Alternatives for Giving Up Cigarettes

      Each year, millions of people vow to finally kick the cigarette habit, only to watch their optimistic expectations go up in smoke. But if they've tried and failed with conventional smoking cessation approaches -- whether it's the use of nicotine gum, counseling, or behavior modification -- they ofte

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    9. 10 Overlooked Reasons to Quit Smoking

      You know smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease, but you're still lighting up. To help you get on the wagon, we've compiled a list of little known ways your life can go up in smoke if you don't kick the habit. From an increased risk of blindness to a faster decline in mental functi

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    10. Can You Get Away With Social Smoking?

      Lots of people say they're just social smokers. Odds are, they're fooling themselves. You've seen them at parties and in bars. They usually bum smokes from more serious cigarette addicts. Their excuse: They aren't really smokers -- they're just social smokers. Is there really such a thing? The surpr

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