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    1. Smokers' Sperm Less Fertile

      Sept. 10, 2010 – Smoking damages sperm, making them less likely to fertilize eggs -- and making the embryos they do manage to create less likely to survive. The finding comes from a study of sperm from 53 heavy smokers and 63 nonsmokers among male partners of couples seeking help for infertility. Pr

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    2. E-Cigarette Firms Get FDA Warning

      Sept. 9, 2010 -- Citing unproven health claims and poor manufacturing practices, the FDA today warned five firms marketing e-cigarettes that their products violate drug safety laws. E-cigarettes -- electronic cigarettes -- are tobacco-free devices usually shaped like cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Us

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    3. Youth Tobacco Use: Downward Trend Is Slowing

      Aug. 26, 2010 -- Current tobacco use by middle and high school students has declined over the past decade, but this trend has slowed in recent years and more work is needed to combat the problem, the CDC says. The CDC, reporting in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, says comprehensive anti-t

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    4. Even Low Tobacco Smoke Exposure Is Risky

      Aug. 20, 2010 -- Even low levels of tobacco smoke exposure pose a risk to lung health, triggering potentially hazardous genetic changes, according to a new study. The hazards of secondhand smoke have been known for years, says researcher Ronald Crystal, MD, chief of the division of pulmonary and cri

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    5. Are Movies Prompting Youngsters to Smoke?

      Aug. 19, 2010 -- When movies show actors lighting up a cigarette, it increases the likelihood that young people will start smoking, the CDC said today in a special report and briefing. In the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Aug. 20, researchers say kids are easily influenced by what

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    6. Risky Combo: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Forms

      Aug. 5, 2010 -- Men and young adults are most likely to smoke cigarettes in combination with using tobacco in other forms, the CDC says. The CDC, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Aug. 6, reports that the use of other forms of tobacco is linked with higher nicotine addiction, the inab

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    7. Cravings, Emotions Use Same Part of Brain

      Aug. 2, 2010 -- Regulating cravings to smoke a cigarette or eat junk food may involve the same mechanisms in the brain used to regulate emotions, a finding which could help develop coping strategies for people struggling with addiction. This finding is based on brain scans collected from cigarette s

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    8. Unusual Ways to Quit Smoking

      Quitting smoking is tough. But it can be done -- and many people get creative to kick the habit. Take Sandi Sedberry, 44, of Rock Hill, S.C. You might say her method was motherly love. Sedberry smoked for 26 years. Last November, when she discovered that her 19-year-old son, Ricky, had picked up the

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    9. Stop-Smoking Aid Chantix Sparks Safety Concerns

      July 27, 2010 -- Evidence is accumulating that the stop-smoking drug Chantix is linked with unprovoked acts and thoughts of aggression and violence, according to a new report. The drug is so potentially dangerous that its use should be restricted to exclude police, military, and similar occupations

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    10. Smoking Alters Gene Function

      July 15, 2010 -- Genetic research may help explain the link between smoking and cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other diseases. In the largest study of its kind, researchers confirmed that exposure to cigarette smoke dramatically altered genes in a wide range of negative ways, includin

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