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  1. Current Smoking Rates Could Lead to Millions of TB Deaths

    Oct. 4, 2011-- If smoking is not controlled worldwide, the habit could produce 18 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases and 40 million deaths from TB between 2010 and 2050, according to a new study. Tobacco and tuberculosis are linked, with tobacco smoking a risk factor for the disease. The research i

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  2. Smokers May Get Strokes 10 Years Before Nonsmokers

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- Smoking is considered one of the major risk factors for strokes. Now research shows that smokers tend to have strokes close to one full decade earlier than nonsmokers. Smokers were age 58, on average, when they had a stroke, while nonsmokers were 67, on average, according to a study

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  3. Adult Smoking Rates Differ Among Occupations

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Education, occupation, and socioeconomic status are major factors affecting cigarette smoking rates among working adults, according to a new CDC report. The CDC reports that the smoking rate of working adults is 19.6%, but that number jumps to 28.4% for those with less than a high

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  4. Study: Generic Quit-Smoking Drug Works

    Sept. 28, 2011 -- An inexpensive drug widely used in Central and Eastern Europe, but not approved in the United States, more than tripled smokers’ chances of successfully kicking the habit in a new study published in the latest New England Journal of Medicine. The drug, Tabex (cytisine), has been us

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  5. Smoking Increases Bladder Cancer Risk More Than Thought

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- Smoking may increase risk for bladder cancer even more than previously believed, and this risk is comparable among male and female smokers. The new study appears in the Aug. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The American Cancer Society estimates that there

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  6. Menthol Cigarettes May Be Tougher to Quit

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- Smoking menthol cigarettes may make it harder to quit the smoking habit. A new study shows people who smoke the mint-flavored cigarettes are less likely to be successful at smoking cessation. This effect is especially pronounced among certain ethnic groups. The results showed that m

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  7. 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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  8. Early Morning Smokers Have Higher Cancer Risk

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- According to two new studies, smokers who take their first puffs soon after they wake up in the morning may be at greater risk of developing lung cancer and head and neck cancer than smokers who wait to have their first cigarette of the day. The results of these studies, published in

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  9. Secondhand Smoke May Hurt Teens' Hearing

    July 18, 2011 -- Adolescents who are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke have nearly double the risk of hearing loss than those who are not exposed, according to a new study. The researchers say the study is the first to show a connection between hearing loss in adolescents and exposure to tobacco s

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  10. Study: Chantix May Be Linked to Heart Risk

    July 4, 2011 -- A new study shows an increase in the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events among smokers who take the drug Chantix to help them quit. The researchers, who reviewed 14 studies on Chantix, found a 72% increase in these events compared to smokers taking a placebo. The st

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