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  1. 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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  2. Nicotine Patches Fail Most Pregnant Smokers

    Feb. 29, 2012 -- Nicotine replacement therapy is widely used to help smokers kick the habit, but new research raises major doubts about its effectiveness during pregnancy. The largest clinical trial ever to examine the use of nicotine patches in this setting found little evidence that the treatment

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  3. Quit-Smoking Drug May Also Curb Drinking

    Feb. 15, 2012 -- A drug that helps people stop smoking may also cut alcohol cravings, a new study shows. The drug Chantix works by blocking nicotine receptors in the brain. Many people who have taken the drug to quit smoking have reported to their doctors that they were drinking less, too. Intrigued

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  4. Smoking in Men Speeds Up Mental Decline

    Feb. 6, 2012 -- Smoking is bad for the brain, especially for male smokers. Men who smoke tend to have a more rapid mental decline than men who do not smoke, a new study shows. But the findings did not reveal a similar link between smoking and mental decline in female smokers. Although the exact reas

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  5. 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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  6. Most States Get an F for Tobacco Prevention

    Jan. 19, 2012 -- Most states are doing an “abysmal” job in actions to protect children from cigarette smoking, and some are cutting funds for tobacco cessation programs because of stagnant economic conditions that are reducing revenues, the American Lung Association says in a new report. The ALA’s S

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  7. Nicotine Replacement Treatments May Not Work Long-Term

    Jan. 9, 2012 -- Nicotine replacement therapies such as gums or patches may not help smokers kick the habit long-term, a new study shows. Relapse rates of the quitters were similar during the study period, whether they used the products alone or with counseling, or they did not use them. "Nicotine re

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  8. Long-Term Treatment May Be Best Way to Help Smokers Quit

    Nov. 28, 2011 -- If you had high blood pressure, you wouldn't expect your doctor to give you some pills, pat you on the back, and say good luck, would you? Of course not, you would expect long-term treatment. What if the same principle was applied to smoking? Well, treating smoking like a chronic di

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  9. Survey: Most Smokers Want to Quit

    Nov. 10, 2011 -- Ask anyone who has ever tried or even succeeded: Quitting smoking is not easy. Two-thirds of U.S. adults who smoke really do want to quit, and more than 50% of adult smokers have really tried during the past year,a survey shows. But quitting can sometimes be easier said than done. T

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  10. Study Links Chantix to Suicide Risk, but FDA Disagrees

    Nov. 3, 2011 -- Just over a week after federal health officials released a report finding no evidence of an increased risk of serious psychiatric problems in users of the anti-smoking drug Chantix, a new study comes to the opposite conclusion. Investigators who were the first to link the drug to sui

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