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  1. Study: Chantix Has Little or No Suicide Risk

    Oct. 1, 2009 -- The antismoking drug Chantix has been linked to suicide and suicidal thoughts, but a new study shows that if such a risk exists it is likely to be very small. Researchers from the U.K.'s drug regulatory agency and the University of Bristol compared the incidence of suicide and self-h

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  2. FDA Bans Flavored Cigarettes

    Sept. 22, 2009 -- As of today, it's illegal in the U.S. to buy or sell most flavored cigarettes. However, the FDA ban does not include the most popular cigarette flavor: menthol. It does cover every other conceivable flavor, including candy, spice, herb, cola, fruit, and coffee flavors. The flavored

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  3. Smoking Bans Reduce Heart Attacks

    Sept. 21, 2009 -- Smoking bans cut heart attacks, two separate studies show. Each of the studies combined data from all previous studies of the effects of smoking bans on heart attacks. Each came up with the same finding: Overall, smoking bans cut heart attacks by 17% -- and this effect increases ov

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  4. Nicotine Patch 'Turns On' Itchy Feeling

    Sept. 16, 2009 -- If you've tried to quit smoking using nicotine patches or similar therapies, you might have been left with an itchy feeling. Such smoking cessation aids commonly cause skin, mouth, and nose irritation. The side effects often prompt patients to stop using the products. Now researche

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  5. Cigarette Smoking Dulls Taste

    Aug. 21, 2009 -- Cigarette smoking not only causes cancer and cardiovascular disease, it also dulls taste, making food less palatable, a new study suggests. Scientists in Greece enlisted 62 young men of the country’s military forces, about half of whom were smokers, to test for taste sensitivity and

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  6. New Toxins Found in Smokeless Tobacco

    Aug. 14, 2009 -- A single pinch of snuff may expose the user to the same amount of dangerous smoke-related chemicals found in the smoke of five cigarettes, according to a new study highlighting the harmful effects of smokeless tobacco. Researchers have identified new toxins and cancer-causing substa

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  7. FDA: E-Cigarettes Bad, but Not Banned

    July 22, 2009 - The FDA today warned Americans not to use electronic cigarettes -- but did not ban the sale of the smoke-free devices. E-cigarettes and similar products are sold online and in scores of mall kiosks across the U.S. They deliver nicotine in a puff of hot gas that feels like smoke; nico

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  8. FDA Warning on Stop-Smoking Drugs

    July 1, 2009 -- The FDA warns that bizarre behavior -- including suicide -- is seen in people taking the stop-smoking drugs Chantix and Zyban. Both drugs now will carry "black box" labels warning that people taking the drugs should be closely watched for signs of suicidal thoughts, depression, hosti

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  9. Congress Passes Tobacco Crackdown

    June 12, 2009 - Congress on Friday sent a bill to President Barack Obama slapping new regulations on the tobacco industry and curtailing how cigarettes can be manufactured, marketed, and sold. The bill for the first time gives the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. Congress has been trying

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  10. Computer Is an Ally in Quit-Smoking Fight

    May 26, 2009 -- As every smoker knows, it's incredibly hard to quit, but help might be as close as the keyboard on your computer, new research suggests. Web- and computer-based smoking-cessation programs, including some that are interactive, seem to be effective, shows a study in the Archives of Int

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