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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Heavy Smokers in U.S. Dwindling

      March 15, 2011 -- The stereotypical pack-a-day smoker is no longer the norm, according to a new study that shows the number of heavy smokers has declined substantially in the U.S. Researchers say that in 1965, a majority of smokers in the U.S. smoked at least one pack per day. But since the first su

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    4. Cigarette Smoking Linked to Lou Gehrig’s Disease

      Feb. 14, 2011 -- Cigarette smoking may raise the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a new study that adds new evidence to the growing link between smoking and the rare muscle-wasting disease. Researchers say previous studies have suggested that cigarette smoking may be a risk

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    5. Survey: E-Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit

      Feb. 8, 2011 -- Can puffing electronic cigarettes help smokers quit smoking? It sounds wrong. E-cigarettes should be banned, says a long list of prestigious anti-tobacco groups including the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association. But a federal court has stymied FDA efforts to kee

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    6. How to Avoid Gaining Weight When You Quit Smoking

      Many smokers worry that they'll gain weight if they try to quit. Some even use that concern as a reason not to quit. "That's a bad idea for many reasons," says Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester in New York and director of the

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    7. Women Who Smoke May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

      Jan. 24, 2011 -- Smoking early in life may raise a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, according to research that adds new evidence on the link between cigarettes and breast cancer. The study showed smoking before menopause, especially before having children, slightly increased the risk of bre

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    8. Surviving Without Smoke: Month 1

      You just quit smoking. Literally. Five minutes ago you put out your last cigarette. Now what? How do you get through the next few hours and days, which will be among the toughest you’ll experience, in your journey to becoming an ex-smoker? You need practical strategies to help you survive the nicoti

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    9. Quit-Smoking Drugs and Nicotine Patches and Gums

      Quitting smoking is never easy. But a growing number of smoking cessation aids make it easier than ever for smokers to break their addiction to nicotine. Research suggests that medications and nicotine replacement therapies can double and sometimes even triple the chances that a smoker will successf

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    10. Find Your Smoking Triggers

      If you’re a smoker, you know the drill. Finish a meal and you suddenly feel a powerful craving for a cigarette. Get up from your desk to take a break and all at once you want to light up. Certain times of the day, certain places, and even particular foods can spark a strong urge to smoke. Experts ca

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