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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Smoking Linked to More Than Lung Cancer

    Jan. 22, 2009 -- It is widely accepted that tobacco smoke causes most lung cancer deaths. A new study shows that tobacco smoke -- including secondhand smoke -- may also contribute to non-lung cancers more than previously thought. Researchers used data from the National Center for Health Statistics a

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  6. Nicotine Gum OK for Gradual Quitters

    Jan. 8, 2009 -- Cigarette smokers who try to quit gradually rather than giving up smoking all at once can safely use nicotine-replacement gum, a new study shows. Heavy smokers in the study who chewed the highest doses of nicotine-replacement gum as they tried to cut down on their smoking reported no

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  7. How One Woman Quit Smoking for Good

    I smoked for more than 44 years and knew I needed to stop. I had smoking-induced asthma. My parents, both heavy smokers, died of smoking-related diseases. Secondhand smoke contributed mightily to my four children’s recurring upper respiratory ailments in their younger years. Yet I continued to smoke

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  8. Smoking Rate Is Declining in U.S.

    Nov. 13, 2008 -- The percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes has fallen below 20% for the first time since at least the mid-1960s, according to a new report. The CDC says in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that the prevalence of smoking fell in 2007 to 19.8%, nearly a full percentage

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  9. Heavy Smoking Ages You 10 Years

    Oct. 13, 2008 -- Not only does smoking shorten life expectancy, it also has a significant impact on the quality of life in old age, according to a new study. The Finnish study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, evaluated data on 1,658 white men born between 1919 and 1934 of similar soc

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  10. Old Hollywood & Big Tobacco

    Sept. 24, 2008 -- What did the Hollywood studio head say to the cigarette? Stick with me, baby, and I’ll make you a star. That seems to have been the sentiment behind deals cut from 1951 and earlier with movie moguls, stars, and the big tobacco companies of the day. Researchers have unearthed contra

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