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  1. Risky Combo: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Forms

    Aug. 5, 2010 -- Men and young adults are most likely to smoke cigarettes in combination with using tobacco in other forms, the CDC says. The CDC, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Aug. 6, reports that the use of other forms of tobacco is linked with higher nicotine addiction, the inab

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  2. Cravings, Emotions Use Same Part of Brain

    Aug. 2, 2010 -- Regulating cravings to smoke a cigarette or eat junk food may involve the same mechanisms in the brain used to regulate emotions, a finding which could help develop coping strategies for people struggling with addiction. This finding is based on brain scans collected from cigarette s

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  3. Unusual Ways to Quit Smoking

    Quitting smoking is tough. But it can be done -- and many people get creative to kick the habit. Take Sandi Sedberry, 44, of Rock Hill, S.C. You might say her method was motherly love. Sedberry smoked for 26 years. Last November, when she discovered that her 19-year-old son, Ricky, had picked up the

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  4. Stop-Smoking Aid Chantix Sparks Safety Concerns

    July 27, 2010 -- Evidence is accumulating that the stop-smoking drug Chantix is linked with unprovoked acts and thoughts of aggression and violence, according to a new report. The drug is so potentially dangerous that its use should be restricted to exclude police, military, and similar occupations

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  5. Smoking Alters Gene Function

    July 15, 2010 -- Genetic research may help explain the link between smoking and cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other diseases. In the largest study of its kind, researchers confirmed that exposure to cigarette smoke dramatically altered genes in a wide range of negative ways, includin

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  6. Genetics May Personalize Quit-Smoking Methods

    July 7, 2010 -- A new, personalized approach to quitting smoking may one day help boost success rates by taking some of the guesswork out of matching smokers with available tools.  New research in the July-August issue of Molecular Medicine shows that your genetic profile combined with your level of

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  7. Hookahs Safer Than Cigarettes? A Pipe Dream

    May 10, 2010 -- Lots of people who quit cigarettes to escape the dangers of nicotine are turning to water pipe smoking, wrongly assuming that toking on “hookahs” is safer, new research indicates. Researchers used questionnaires and collected information on 871 Canadians aged 18 to 24 and found that

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  8. Smoking Genes Identified

    April 26, 2010 -- Common gene variants affect how much a person smokes, whether one becomes a smoker, how hard it is to quit, and risk of lung cancer from smoking, new studies find. The studies, based on genetic information collected by an international consortium from more than 140,000 people of Eu

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  9. Tobacco Control Programs Cut Smoking Rates

    April 22, 2010 -- Tobacco control programs, including smoke-free laws, media ads, and higher cigarette prices, are making a dent in U.S. smoking rates, but there is still a lot of room for improvement in many states, according to new report card issued by the CDC. The report ranks the states in term

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  10. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Chronic Sinusitis

    April 19, 2010 -- Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to as many as 40% of the roughly 30 million cases of chronic sinusitis among adults in the U.S., a new study shows. Chronic sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is defined as allergic and non-allergic sinus inflammation lasting at least thr

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