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  1. Smoking Is Top Cause of Preventable Death

    April 27, 2009 -- Smoking remains the top cause of preventable death in the U.S., followed closely by high blood pressure, according to a new study that shows each accounted for about one in five adult deaths in 2005. The report also shows being physically inactive, overweight, or obese accounted fo

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  2. E-Cigarettes Under Fire

    "They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products." -- Craig Youngblood, president o

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  3. Kentucky Is Top State for Smoking

    March 12, 2009 -- Maybe they should call it the Blue Smoke State. Kentucky once again leads all states in the percentage of adults who still smoke cigarettes, according to state-by-state figures today released by the CDC. With 28.3% of adults smoking, Kentucky is way ahead of second-place West Virgi

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  4. Top Health Risks for Young Adults

    Feb. 18, 2009 -- Youth is often painted as a time of picture-perfect health, but that's not necessarily reality, a new CDC report shows. The CDC today released its latest roundup of U.S. health statistics, with a special focus on young adults 18-29. Highlights of the findings on young adults include

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  5. Financial Incentives Help Smokers Quit

    Feb. 11, 2009 -- No matter how much people are told about the hazards of cigarette smoking, cold hard cash may be the best motivator to get people to quit, a new study suggests. University of Pennsylvania enrolled 878 employees of a multinational company in a smoking-cessation program. They were ass

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  6. Risk to Pets Motivates Smokers to Quit

    Feb. 9, 2009 -- Smokers are motivated to quit the habit to protect their pets from secondhand smoke, a new survey shows. Researchers led by Sharon M. Milberger, ScD, of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, found that 28.4% of smokers who participated in an online survey said learning that second

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  7. Smokers Have Rapid Aging Defect

    Feb. 6, 2009 -- Cigarette smoke causes the same cellular defect seen in people with Werner's syndrome -- a rare genetic disease that makes people age very fast. Smoking speeds the aging process, causing smokers to die about 10 years before their time. Now researchers may have found a clue to this pr

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  8. Stopping Weight Gain While Quitting Smoking

    TK Baltimore (pronounced "Teak"), 34, a Web developer who lives in New York City, smoked for nearly 20 years. She's lost track of how many times she tried to quit. Here, she shares how she quit smoking without weight gain, and how you can do it too. Like a lot of people who smoke, I didn't have the

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  9. How I Quit Smoking With Stress Reduction and Martial Arts

    Charlie Kondek started smoking at about 17 or 18, "trying to be James Dean," he says. Shortly after graduating from college, he knew he wanted to quit. Now 37, he's a married father of two and a media relations executive in Ypsilanti, Mich. Here's how he quit smoking with stress- reduction technique

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  10. Facing My Smoking Triggers

    Megan M. was about 18 when she started smoking in high school in Pennsylvania. She first started trying to quit at 22. Today, at 24, she's a marketing professional in San Francisco and credits identifying smoking triggers as a key part of her success. Here's how she identified her smoking triggers,

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