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  1. Nicotine Gum OK for Gradual Quitters

    Jan. 8, 2009 -- Cigarette smokers who try to quit gradually rather than giving up smoking all at once can safely use nicotine-replacement gum, a new study shows. Heavy smokers in the study who chewed the highest doses of nicotine-replacement gum as they tried to cut down on their smoking reported no

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  2. How One Woman Quit Smoking for Good

    I smoked for more than 44 years and knew I needed to stop. I had smoking-induced asthma. My parents, both heavy smokers, died of smoking-related diseases. Secondhand smoke contributed mightily to my four children’s recurring upper respiratory ailments in their younger years. Yet I continued to smoke

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  3. Smoking Rate Is Declining in U.S.

    Nov. 13, 2008 -- The percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes has fallen below 20% for the first time since at least the mid-1960s, according to a new report. The CDC says in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that the prevalence of smoking fell in 2007 to 19.8%, nearly a full percentage

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  4. Heavy Smoking Ages You 10 Years

    Oct. 13, 2008 -- Not only does smoking shorten life expectancy, it also has a significant impact on the quality of life in old age, according to a new study. The Finnish study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, evaluated data on 1,658 white men born between 1919 and 1934 of similar soc

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  5. Old Hollywood & Big Tobacco

    Sept. 24, 2008 -- What did the Hollywood studio head say to the cigarette? Stick with me, baby, and I’ll make you a star. That seems to have been the sentiment behind deals cut from 1951 and earlier with movie moguls, stars, and the big tobacco companies of the day. Researchers have unearthed contra

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  6. State’s Anti-Smoking Plan Makes Cents

    Aug. 25, 2008 -- Call it a “two for one.” California researchers say their state-funded program aimed at cutting smoking can also save a lot of money. That’s the word from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco who looked at the monetary benefits of their state’s anti-smoking eff

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  7. Smoking Ups Stroke Risk for Young Women

    Aug. 14, 2008 -- Young women who smoke are twice as likely to have a stroke as their nonsmoking peers, according to a new study. And the more cigarettes a woman smokes per day, the bigger her risk. The study was published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers, who stu

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  8. Gene Linked to Early Nicotine Addiction

    Aug. 8, 2008 -- If you're a smoker or former smoker, you probably remember your first cigarette and whether it brought on fits of coughing or a pleasant buzz. Now new research suggests a link between that initial reaction to smoking and a specific gene variant that has also been linked to a greater

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  9. Smoking: Drop the Habit Without Picking Up Weight

    Quitting smoking and weight gain have long been linked. But when you kick the butts, is it inevitable yours will expand? True, four out of five people who smoke gain some weight. On average, people who quit gain between 4-10 pounds. Most weight tends to be gained in the first six months after quitti

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  10. Smoking-Cessation Aids Beat Cold Turkey

    July 14, 2008 -- Smoking-cessation drugs and many nicotine-replacement therapies are more than twice as effective at helping smokers quit than going it alone. A new analysis of 69 studies comparing seven different smoking-cessation treatments shows six of the seven treatments were more effective tha

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