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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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