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  1. Gene Linked to Early Nicotine Addiction

    Aug. 8, 2008 -- If you're a smoker or former smoker, you probably remember your first cigarette and whether it brought on fits of coughing or a pleasant buzz. Now new research suggests a link between that initial reaction to smoking and a specific gene variant that has also been linked to a greater

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  2. Smoking: Drop the Habit Without Picking Up Weight

    Quitting smoking and weight gain have long been linked. But when you kick the butts, is it inevitable yours will expand? True, four out of five people who smoke gain some weight. On average, people who quit gain between 4-10 pounds. Most weight tends to be gained in the first six months after quitti

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  3. Smoking-Cessation Aids Beat Cold Turkey

    July 14, 2008 -- Smoking-cessation drugs and many nicotine-replacement therapies are more than twice as effective at helping smokers quit than going it alone. A new analysis of 69 studies comparing seven different smoking-cessation treatments shows six of the seven treatments were more effective tha

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  4. Genetic Link to Teen Tobacco Addiction

    July 11, 2008 -- Smokers under age 17 who've inherited common genetic variations may be much more likely to face a lifetime of tobacco addiction. Researchers have found that European-Americans who begin daily smoking at an early age are at greater risk for long-term nicotine addiction if they carry

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  5. S. Epatha Merkerson Crusades Against Smoking

    The devastating effects of lung cancer are never too far from S. Epatha Merkerson's heart and mind. Two of her closest friends died from the disease. And in "nothing short of a miracle," a sister beat the grim statistics -- roughly 85% die within five years -- after a scare in the 1990s. A former sm

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  6. Midlife Smoking Causes Memory Problems

    June 9, 2008 -- Smoking in midlife results in poor memory and makes it harder to think and learn, according to research published in the June 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. What's more, developing cognitive problems in your 30s, 40s, and 50s may speed the onset of dementia. Smoking damage

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  7. The First 30 Days: Quit Smoking!

    By Nicole Yorio 5 ways to get started. Choose a date to stop smoking, giving yourself enough time to create a plan and to elicit advice from other people who’ve quit. Then, write in a journal how often you smoke and under what circumstances — once you’re aware of your triggers, you can come up with

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  8. Chantix Nixed for Pilots; Caution for Truckers, Bus Drivers

    May 23, 2008 -- The quit-smoking drug Chantix is being grounded for pilots and air traffic controllers, and Chantix use may be reason for medical examiners to disqualify interstate truckers and bus drivers. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruled on Wednesday that "Chantix was no longer acce

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  9. Smokers Often Quit for Social Reasons

    May 21, 2008 -- The decision to quit smoking is a personal one, but it is strongly influenced by the people around you -- even people you don't know, intriguing new research shows. In the largest study ever to explore the collective social dynamics of smoking in the U.S., researchers concluded that

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  10. Breaking the Habit

    Almost 70% of adult smokers say they want to quit; the most common reason given is concern about their health. The concern is well justified. The four leading causes of death in the U.S. -- cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and lung disease -- are all strongly linked to cigarette smoke exposur

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