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    1. Study: Chantix May Be Linked to Heart Risk

      July 4, 2011 -- A new study shows an increase in the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events among smokers who take the drug Chantix to help them quit. The researchers, who reviewed 14 studies on Chantix, found a 72% increase in these events compared to smokers taking a placebo. The st

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    2. 'Do U Smoke?' Text Messages Can Help You Quit

      June 30, 2011 -- Mobile phones could hold the key to people giving up smoking after a study involving sending motivational and supportive text messages to smokers doubled quit rates after six months. The "txt2stop" study is the first to verify quit rates using biochemical testing. It shows that smok

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    3. FDA Unveils Grim Cigarette Warning Labels

      June 21, 2011 -- Graphic images such as lifeless bodies, surgical scars, and diseased lungs are among nine new warning labels unveiled by the FDA that the agency says must appear on all cigarette packaging and advertisements by September 2012. The FDA says in a statement on its web site that the war

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    4. FDA: Chantix Linked to Heart Attack in People With Heart Disease

      June 16, 2011 -- The smoking cessation drug Chantix (varenicline) may result in a small increased risk for heart attacks and other heart problems among people with cardiovascular disease, according to the FDA. The FDA reviewed data on 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were treated with eit

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    5. Why Smokers Gain Weight When Quitting

      June 10, 2011 -- Why do people gain weight when they quit smoking? If you guessed "Nicotine, of course," you'd be right. But now researchers have zeroed in on the exact brain cells that nicotine triggers to cut appetite and body fat. It turns out that nicotine activates different kinds of brain-cell

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    6. Why Some Smokers Have a Harder Time Quitting

      May 16, 2011 -- Quitting smoking is never easy, but some smokers have an even harder time kicking the habit, and now new research suggests that they may derive more pleasure form nicotine. The new study, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may also help foster the d

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    7. Nicotine-Free 'Fake' Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit

      May 13, 2011 -- Nicotine-free plastic inhalers -- fake cigarettes that allow people to simulate smoking -- may increase some smokers’ odds of quitting smoking, a study shows. Unlike electronic or "e-cigarettes," the nicotine-free inhalers are billed in Europe as aids for people who are trying to qui

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    8. FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes Just Like Tobacco

      April 27, 2011 -- The FDA has decided to oversee electronic cigarettes the same way it does tobacco products. The agency will not regulate the vapor-producing devices under the stricter federal rules that apply to medical products. The FDA says it decided not to appeal a federal appeals court ruling

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    9. CDC: More States Need to Go ‘Smoke-Free’

      April 21, 2011 -- People are banned by law from smoking in bars, restaurants, and work sites in half of all states in the U.S., but more action is needed to reduce heart disease and lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke, the CDC says in a new report. Seven states have no statewide smoking restricti

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    10. Are Menthol Cigarettes Riskier Than Non-Menthol?

      March 23, 2011 -- People who smoke menthol cigarettes are no more likely -- and may actually be less likely -- to develop lung cancer than people who smoke non-menthol cigarettes, a study suggests. The study, published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, comes out nearly a week a

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