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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Smokeless Tobacco a Poisonous Lure for Kids

    April 19, 2010 -- Candy-like smokeless tobacco products are quickly becoming a major cause of infant and child poisonings. A new study shows 13,705 poisoning cases were reported from 61 regional poison control centers in the U.S. from 2006 to 2008 involving accidental ingestion of tobacco products i

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  6. Debate Sharpens Over Menthol Cigarettes

    March 31, 2010 -- Representatives from three major tobacco companies, speaking before a committee tasked with advising the federal government on tobacco regulation, defended menthol cigarettes against charges that they put smokers' health at greater risk than regular cigarettes. "Menthol does not ma

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  7. FDA Panel Mulls Fate of Menthol Cigarettes

    March 30, 2010 -- Menthol cigarettes, long a target of antismoking advocates, came under federal scrutiny as the FDA convened an advisory panel today to investigate their potential health risks. It was the inaugural meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, whose 12 members incl

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  8. Drug Plus Weight Counseling Helps Women Quit Smoking

    March 22, 2010 -- Combining a smoking-cessation medication with behavioral therapy that emphasizes weight management is effective in helping women abstain from smoking, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found that taking the smoking-cessation drug

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  9. FDA Expands Ban on Tobacco Sales, Ads for Kids

    March 18, 2010 -- A new FDA rule greatly expands current restrictions on the sale and advertising of tobacco products to children and teens. The new rule is made possible by last year's passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gave the FDA the long-sought power to regu

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  10. Cigarette Ad May Have Targeted Teen Girls

    March 15, 2010 -- A Camel cigarette ad may have targeted teenage girls, an antismoking group claims. In a national survey of teens conducted soon after ads for the R.J. Reynolds brand Camel No. 9 appeared in leading women's magazines, 44% of the girls could name a favorite brand, based on advertisin

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