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  1. Stop Smoking by Writing

    Mim Drew, a 37-year-old actress and new mom who lives in Studio City, Calif., started smoking when she was about 15. She was 31 -- smoking about a pack and a half a day -- when she decided to stop smoking. Here's how she used writing as a tool to quit smoking, and how you can, too.   When I hit my 3

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  2. 10 Persistent Myths About Smoking

    Smoking in America is down -- but not out. Today, 20% of U.S. adults are smokers, compared to 45% in 1965, when smoking was at its peak. But even at the current level of tobacco use, an estimated 440,000 Americans per year lose their lives to lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or other smoking-r

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  3. Quitting Smoking Carries Diabetes Risk

    Jan. 4, 2010 -- Cigarette smoking is linked to an increased risk of diabetes, but quitting the habit, ironically, may increase diabetes risk in the short term, a new study says. Researchers say people who quit smoking typically gain weight, which may explain the temporary period of increased risk fo

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  4. Cigarettes May Contain Bacteria

    Nov. 24, 2009 -- Cigarettes are massive germ factories that may expose users and passersby to a swarm of disease-causing bacteria, a study shows. It's well known that cigarette smoke harbors hundreds of toxic chemicals that are bad for your health. But a University of Maryland environmental health r

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  5. Cigarette Smoking's Decline Levels Off

    Nov. 12, 2009 -- The prevalence of adult American cigarette smokers, which dropped below 20% in 2007, leveled off in 2008, the CDC says in a new report. The report shows “the battle has not been won,” and economic factors may be part of the problem, Matthew McKenna, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s Of

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  6. 'Light' Cigarettes Hurt Quit-Smoking Effort

    Nov. 5, 2009 -- Want to quit smoking? Your chances may be better if you don't switch to a "light," "ultra-light," or "low-tar" cigarette before you try. In a newly published study, smokers who traded in their so-called "full-flavor" cigarettes for cigarettes with these labels made more attempts to k

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  7. More Smokers Quit With Patches and Lozenges

    Nov. 2, 2009 -- Smokers who want to kick the habit are more likely to succeed when they use a combination of long-acting and immediate-delivery nicotine-replacement products, a study shows. Study participants who used nicotine patches plus nicotine lozenges were more successful than participants who

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  8. Smoking's Damage Swift, Irreversible

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- Cigarette smoking starts inflicting “very significant” damage on the arteries with the very first puffs taken by otherwise healthy young smokers, new research shows. The damage worsens as time passes and is impossible to reverse, says researcher Stella Daskalopoulou, MD, of the McGi

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  9. Expert Panel: Smoking Bans Save Lives

    Oct. 15, 2009 -- Even limited exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the odds of heart attacks in people who have heart disease or are at risk, an expert panel report commissioned by the CDC confirms. Another major finding by the panel: Smoking bans work. “The report confirms that eliminating smo

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  10. Phone Counseling Aids in Smoking Cessation

    Oct. 12, 2009 -- Proactive telephone counseling and individually tailored motivational interviews help teen smokers kick the habit, new research indicates. Two studies, published in the Oct. 12 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, indicate smoking-cessation programs that inv

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