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    1. 10 Ways to Reduce Stress While You Quit Smoking

      Many smokers think that lighting up helps them relax. They’re fooling themselves, experts say. “Nicotine withdrawal makes people feel jittery and anxious, which smokers often confuse with feeling stressed,” says Steven Schroeder, MD, director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the Univers

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    2. Fed’s Antismoking Efforts Get Passing Grade

      Jan. 20, 2011 -- Federal efforts to reduce smoking in the United States are being applauded by the American Lung Association, but the group says most states are still doing far too little to help smokers quit and keep nonsmokers from starting. In its ninth annual State of Tobacco Control report, the

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    3. Smoking Causes Immediate Damage

      Jan. 18, 2011 -- The negative health effects of smoking may begin within minutes, not months of cigarette use. A new study shows that genetic damage associated with lung and other types of cancer associated with smoking became apparent within 15-30 minutes of inhaling cigarette smoke. Researchers sa

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    4. Cigarette Ads a Powerful Lure for Teen Smoking

      Jan. 17, 2011 -- Cigarette advertising significantly increases the odds that youngsters who see the ads will start smoking, but exposure to ads for other products does not, a new study shows. The ads for other products such as cell phones and candies fail to trigger the same psychological mechanisms

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    5. Risks of Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Can Linger

      Jan. 13, 2011 -- Thirdhand smoke, the nicotine residue that is left behind on furniture, walls, and carpeting after a cigarette has been smoked in a room, can become airborne a second time, a new study shows. The resulting particulates, a toxic mix of ozone and nicotine, are so small that they can e

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    6. FDA Challenges Tobacco Companies

      Jan. 5, 2011 – Makers of tobacco products that have been changed since Feb. 15, 2007, must show the "new" products are no worse for public health or see the products banned in the U.S., the FDA today ruled. The rule applies to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, and roll-your-own tobacco product

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    7. Surgeon General: No Amount of Smoking Is Safe

      Dec. 9, 2010 -- Even a single cigarette poses health risks. That’s the latest conclusion from the U.S. surgeon general in a new report on the health effects of smoking. The report, released Thursday, suggests for the first time that even small amounts of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke can h

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    8. Combining PTSD, Stop-Smoking Therapies Works

      Dec. 7, 2010 -- People with military-related posttraumatic stress disorder have a better chance of quitting smoking if their PTSD therapy is combined with clinical treatment for fighting their nicotine habit, new research indicates. Miles McFall, PhD, of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care

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    9. Quit Smoking, Raise 'Good' Cholesterol

      Nov. 16, 2010 (Chicago) -- Smokers who kick the habit may improve their levels of "good" HDL cholesterol within one year, a study of nearly 1,000 people suggests. HDL levels shot up despite the weight gain commonly associated with smoking cessation, says Adam D. Gepner, MD, of the University of Wisc

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    10. Secondhand Smoke May Hurt Your Hearing

      Nov. 15, 2010 -- People who don’t use cigarettes but who regularly breathe in other people’s tobacco smoke are at increased risk of some degree of hearing loss, a new study finds. This had been surmised because previous research has indicated that smokers are at much greater risk of some degree of h

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