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  1. Suicidal Thinking Reported With Chantix

    Nov. 20, 2007 -- The FDA today announced that it's investigating reports of suicidal thinking, aggressive and erratic behavior, and drowsiness in people taking the quit-smoking drug Chantix. Here are the FDA's recommendations: Health care workers should monitor patients taking Chantix for behavior a

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  2. Drop in Smoking Levels Off

    Nov. 8, 2007 -- A seven-year decline in the percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes seems to have leveled off. The CDC today reported that roughly one in five U.S. adults -- 20.8% -- smoked cigarettes last year. That's the same percentage as in 2004 -- and a long way from the government's goa

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  3. Nicotine Vaccine May Help Smokers Quit

    Nov. 7, 2007 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A shot in the arm may some day help smokers kick the habit. In a new study, nearly three times as many smokers given an experimental vaccine against nicotine quit for one year, compared with those given a placebo. The vaccine is called NicVAX. It triggers the producti

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  4. Report Links Teen Smoking, Depression

    Oct. 23, 2007 -- Smoking cigarettes may make teens more susceptible to depression, alcohol abuse, and illegal drug use, a new report states. Based on data from a government drug use survey, researchers concluded that teens who smoke are nine times more likely to abuse alcohol and 13 times more likel

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  5. Hypnotherapy Helps Stop Smoking Habit

    Oct. 22, 2007 -- Adding hypnotherapy to the mix of treatments may help die-hard smokers quit more easily than using nicotine replacement therapy alone or going cold turkey. A new study shows that smokers given free hypnotherapy to help them quit smoking after hospitalization were more likely to be n

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  6. Young Adults Mimic Smoking in Movies

    Oct. 3, 2007 - Watching movie stars smoke on screen makes young adults more likely to smoke cigarettes themselves, according to a new study. Researchers found young adults aged 18-25 who watched the most movies with smoking stars were 77% more likely to have smoked recently and 86% more likely to be

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  7. Kentucky Highest in Adult Smokers

    Sept. 27, 2007 -- Adult smokers were most common in Kentucky and rarest in the U.S. Virgin Islands last year, according to a new CDC report. The CDC today released state-by-state statistics on the percentage of adult smokers nationwide who smoked cigarettes in 2006. The data show wide variation in t

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  8. Smoking May Hamper Ear Health

    Sept. 18, 2007 -- Need another reason to quit smoking? It might help your ears. New research shows that smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to have complications and worse hearing after surgery to correct chronic problems in their middle ear. That's according to J. Matthew Conoyer, MD, and colle

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  9. Smoking May Turn on Lung Cancer Genes

    Aug. 29, 2007 -- Smoking is by far the biggest cause of lung cancer, but about half of new cancers occur among people who have given up tobacco. Now new genetic research may help explain why former smokers remain at risk. A history of heavy smoking was found to switch on genes that may increase susc

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  10. Smoking May Hurt Eyes

    Aug. 13, 2007 -- The long list of health risks associated with smoking just got a little longer. New research shows that smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop the late stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Western nations, according t

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