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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Fed’s Antismoking Efforts Get Passing Grade

    Jan. 20, 2011 -- Federal efforts to reduce smoking in the United States are being applauded by the American Lung Association, but the group says most states are still doing far too little to help smokers quit and keep nonsmokers from starting. In its ninth annual State of Tobacco Control report, the

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  5. Smoking Causes Immediate Damage

    Jan. 18, 2011 -- The negative health effects of smoking may begin within minutes, not months of cigarette use. A new study shows that genetic damage associated with lung and other types of cancer associated with smoking became apparent within 15-30 minutes of inhaling cigarette smoke. Researchers sa

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  6. Cigarette Ads a Powerful Lure for Teen Smoking

    Jan. 17, 2011 -- Cigarette advertising significantly increases the odds that youngsters who see the ads will start smoking, but exposure to ads for other products does not, a new study shows. The ads for other products such as cell phones and candies fail to trigger the same psychological mechanisms

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  7. Risks of Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Can Linger

    Jan. 13, 2011 -- Thirdhand smoke, the nicotine residue that is left behind on furniture, walls, and carpeting after a cigarette has been smoked in a room, can become airborne a second time, a new study shows. The resulting particulates, a toxic mix of ozone and nicotine, are so small that they can e

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  8. FDA Challenges Tobacco Companies

    Jan. 5, 2011 – Makers of tobacco products that have been changed since Feb. 15, 2007, must show the "new" products are no worse for public health or see the products banned in the U.S., the FDA today ruled. The rule applies to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, and roll-your-own tobacco product

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  9. Surgeon General: No Amount of Smoking Is Safe

    Dec. 9, 2010 -- Even a single cigarette poses health risks. That’s the latest conclusion from the U.S. surgeon general in a new report on the health effects of smoking. The report, released Thursday, suggests for the first time that even small amounts of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke can h

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  10. Combining PTSD, Stop-Smoking Therapies Works

    Dec. 7, 2010 -- People with military-related posttraumatic stress disorder have a better chance of quitting smoking if their PTSD therapy is combined with clinical treatment for fighting their nicotine habit, new research indicates. Miles McFall, PhD, of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care

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