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    1. Smoking Raises Surgery Risks

      Oct. 19, 2010 -- Smokers who undergo surgery are more likely than nonsmokers to have complications or to die shortly after surgical procedures, according to a new study. The risk of death within 30 days of a wide variety of surgeries was nearly 40% higher in smokers than in nonsmokers, says Alparsla

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    2. Tobacco Cravings Linger, Raising Relapse Odds

      Sept. 15, 2010 -- Sights, sounds, smells, and other cues remind people who’ve quit smoking of their former habit and can lead to cigarette cravings. These cravings may actually increase over time, raising the odds of an eventual relapse, even after a long period of abstention, a new study finds. Gil

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    3. Smokeless Tobacco Won't Help Smokers Quit

      Sept. 13, 2010 -- Smokeless tobacco products -- whether chewed or used as dry or moist snuff -- may increase the risk of heart attack, fatal stroke and certain cancers, says a new policy statement published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. "No tobacco product is safe

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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