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    1. Smoking on the Rise in Youth Movies

      Sept. 28, 2012 -- Onscreen tobacco use increased by 34% per movie last year in films targeted at children and teens, according to a new study. Researchers say the dramatic rise in smoking scenes in top-grossing U.S. movies with a G, PG, or PG-13 rating ends five years of steady decline in onscreen t

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    2. Teen Smokers Show Early Signs of Heart Disease

      Aug. 28, 2012 (Munich, Germany) -- For teens who smoke, heart health troubles may start early. Regular smokers ages 8 to 20 have substantial artery damage that can lead to heart disease, Swiss researchers report. Julia Dratva, MD, MPH, of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Swit

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    3. E-Cigarettes Don't Harm Heart, Study Shows

      Aug. 28, 2012 (Munich, Germany) -- Electronic cigarettes do not appear to be bad for your heart, according to the first study to look at the effects of smoking e-cigarettes on heart function. The devices -- battery-powered metal cartridges that simulate the effect of smoking by heating nicotine-cont

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    4. Cancer-Causing Chemical in Smokeless Tobacco ID'd

      Aug. 22, 2012 -- Dip, chew, snuff, and other types of smokeless tobacco are known to increase risk for oral cancer. Now new research in rats is zeroing in on exactly how this may occur. The findings were presented at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in Philadelphia. The newly identifie

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    5. CDC: New Smoking Patterns Are Cause for Alarm

      Aug. 2, 2012 -- People light up fewer cigarettes these days, but the number of cigars and the amount of pipe tobacco used for roll-your-owns smoked each year is on the rise. And, while the total amount of tobacco consumption continues to drop, that decline is slowing. Between 2010 and 2011, tobacco

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    6. Are E-Cigarettes Here to Stay?

      July 20, 2012 -- Electronic cigarettes are picking up steam -- and not surprisingly, especially among smokers. That is the main message that comes from a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. About 40% of individuals reported they had heard of e-cigarettes, and awareness was highest am

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    7. PG-13 Movie Smoking Prompts Teens to Smoke

      July 9, 2012 -- Watching movie stars smoking on the big screen makes teens more likely to start smoking themselves, regardless of whether the movie is rated R or PG-13. A new study suggests it's the cigarette smoking itself in movies that affects teenage smoking habits, rather than other adult behav

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    8. Vaccine May Block the Effect of Nicotine

      June 27, 2012 -- Scientists say they've developed a vaccine that may one day protect people against the addictive effects of nicotine -- but for now they have to settle for some success in mice. The vaccine uses the shell of a harmless virus that, much like the Trojan horse, carries into cells genet

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    9. 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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    10. 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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