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  1. Surgeon General: No Amount of Smoking Is Safe

    Dec. 9, 2010 -- Even a single cigarette poses health risks. That’s the latest conclusion from the U.S. surgeon general in a new report on the health effects of smoking. The report, released Thursday, suggests for the first time that even small amounts of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke can h

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  2. Combining PTSD, Stop-Smoking Therapies Works

    Dec. 7, 2010 -- People with military-related posttraumatic stress disorder have a better chance of quitting smoking if their PTSD therapy is combined with clinical treatment for fighting their nicotine habit, new research indicates. Miles McFall, PhD, of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care

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  3. Quit Smoking, Raise 'Good' Cholesterol

    Nov. 16, 2010 (Chicago) -- Smokers who kick the habit may improve their levels of "good" HDL cholesterol within one year, a study of nearly 1,000 people suggests. HDL levels shot up despite the weight gain commonly associated with smoking cessation, says Adam D. Gepner, MD, of the University of Wisc

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  4. Secondhand Smoke May Hurt Your Hearing

    Nov. 15, 2010 -- People who don’t use cigarettes but who regularly breathe in other people’s tobacco smoke are at increased risk of some degree of hearing loss, a new study finds. This had been surmised because previous research has indicated that smokers are at much greater risk of some degree of h

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  5. FDA Proposes New Cigarette Warning Labels

    Nov. 10, 2010 --The FDA is proposing new cigarette warning labels that will be larger and more visible on cigarette packages and in advertisements in an effort to reduce the number of tobacco-related illnesses and deaths. The proposed images are graphic: a thin, sickly patient in bed, a breastfeedin

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  6. Smokeless Tobacco Rates on the Rise

    Nov. 4, 2010 -- Even after a generation of warnings from public health officials about the dangers of tobacco use, about 20% of Americans still smoke cigarettes, a CDC report says. The report also shows the rate of smokers who also use smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco and snuff, is rising.

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  7. Snus: Stealth Health Risk

    If you use snus, do you win or lose? Snus -- alternately pronounced snoose or snooze -- is a smokeless, flavored tobacco product very different from snuff. When placed between cheek and gum, it doesn't make you spit. Even its critics admit that snus is less harmful than other forms of smokeless toba

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  8. Smoking Linked to Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- People who are heavy smokers in their midlife years are more than doubling their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia two decades later, a new study shows. While smoking has long been known to increase the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease, res

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  9. CDC: Medicaid Could Do More to Fight Smoking

    Oct. 21, 2010 -- Most Medicaid programs in the U.S. offer at least some form of health care coverage to enrollees who are trying to quit smoking, but in many states more could be done to help people kick the habit, the CDC says. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Oct. 22, the CDC says

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  10. Smoking Raises Surgery Risks

    Oct. 19, 2010 -- Smokers who undergo surgery are more likely than nonsmokers to have complications or to die shortly after surgical procedures, according to a new study. The risk of death within 30 days of a wide variety of surgeries was nearly 40% higher in smokers than in nonsmokers, says Alparsla

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