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    1. Smoking Gene May Reveal Why Some People Smoke More

      May 22, 2012 -- A "smoking gun" gene may play a role in how many cigarettes certain smokers puff each day. Researchers from 50 medical institutions across the country analyzed genetic material of more than 32,000 African-American smokers and non-smokers to see if certain genes predicted when they be

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    2. FDA: Tobacco Companies Must Reveal Harmful Chemicals

      March 30, 2012 -- Tobacco makers have to tell consumers about all the harmful chemicals in their products, the FDA today ruled. They also must prove that any "reduced harm" tobacco products they sell actually do make things safer for consumers. The FDA actions spring from its new powers under the Fa

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    3. CDC Launches Graphic Antismoking Ad Campaign

      March 15, 2012 -- The CDC is launching a nationwide graphic antismoking campaign that features “tips” from former smokers, such as how to get ready in the morning when you have a hole in your neck because of throat cancer. “The ad campaign we’re launching today will tell the real story,” Health and

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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