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  1. Secondhand Smoke: Damage in Mere Minutes

    April 28, 2008 -- Just 30 minutes in a smoky room can cause profound blood vessel injury in healthy young adults, greatly increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published in the May 6 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The findings add to the

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  2. Smoke Pot, Get Lead Poisoning?

    April 9, 2008 -- Here's yet another reason to "just say no" to drugs: Smoking  marijuana could lead to lead poisoning. Doctors in Germany have linked a mysterious outbreak of lead intoxication to contaminated street supplies of marijuana. In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, Franziska

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  3. 'Lung Age' Shocks Smokers Into Stopping

    March 6, 2008 -- Cigarette smokers are more likely to quit smoking if their doctor cuts through the jargon and tells them how old their lungs are acting. So say British researchers who tested the "lung age" strategy in 561 smokers aged 35 and older. All of the smokers got a lung function test. And a

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  4. 1 Billion Tobacco Deaths This Century?

    Feb. 7, 2008 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that 1 billion people worldwide could die of tobacco-related causes this century unless "urgent action" is taken. The WHO's report includes these global statistics on tobacco deaths: 100 million people died of tobacco-related causes du

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  5. Smoking May Wreak Havoc on Sleep

    Feb. 4, 2008 -- The effects of smoking may include worse sleep due to overnight nicotine withdrawal. So say scientists from Johns Hopkins University. They studied 40 smokers who reported smoking at least 20 cigarettes per day and claimed to have no health problems. At home, the smokers spent a night

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  6. Suicide Warning for Antismoking Drug

    Feb. 1, 2008 -- Federal officials warned Friday that a popular antismoking drug may be linked to suicides in some patients. The drug, called Chantix, has been used by more than 5 million patients as a smoking cessation aid, according to manufacturer Pfizer Inc. The drug will now carry new labels war

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  7. Antismoking Report Card: Maine on Top

    Jan. 10, 2008 -- Maine gets the nation's best grades on a national report card of states' antismoking efforts released by the American Lung Association. The state earned high marks for enacting a workplace smoking ban similar to other bans taking hold in many states across the country. Maine also ha

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  8. Smoking Cessation Benefits

    Q: How long after I quit smoking will I begin to see the benefits? A: Almost immediately. Here’s a quick rundown from the Cleveland Clinic: After 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse decrease. The temperature of your hands and feet increases. After eight hours: The carbon monoxide level in your

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  9. Snuff Not a Safe Tobacco Option

    Dec. 21, 2007 -- Planning to quit smoking? Smokeless tobacco isn't a safe alternative, says a University of Minnesota cancer expert. "The results of our studies do not support the concept that smokers should switch to smokeless tobacco," writes Stephen Hecht, PhD. "Long-term use of nicotine replacem

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  10. Study Shows Toxins in Marijuana Smoke

    Dec. 14, 2007 -- New research from Canada shows that some toxins may be more abundant in marijuana cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes. The researchers burned 30 marijuana cigarettes and 30 tobacco cigarettes on a machine in their lab, measuring levels of chemicals in the smoke. Ammonia levels were u

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