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  1. Quitting Smoking Doesn't Add Pounds

    Nov. 14, 2006 (Chicago) -- If you're using fear of weight gain as an excuse to keep lighting up, you're in for a surprise. Quitting smoking will not affect your weight over the long-term, researchers report. "If you quit, you may gain an extra 4 to 5 pounds. Or, if you start, you may lose a few poun

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  2. Study: Teen Antismoking Ads Backfiring

    Oct. 31, 2006 -- What's the best way to convince a teenager that smoking is a great idea? Tell him his parents want him to stop. That's the rather disturbing suggestion of a study of teens who had watched tobacco-industry-funded television ads urging parents to talk to their children about smoking.

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  3. CDC: U.S. Smoking Decline Has Stalled

    Oct. 26, 2006 -- Nearly 21% of U.S. adults -- 45 million men and women -- smoked cigarettes last year, the same percentage as in 2004. And Kentucky claimed the prize as the smokiest state. The new statistics suggest "the 8-year decline in smoking prevalence among adults in the United States might be

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  4. Exercise Helps Smokers Quit

    Oct. 24, 2006 -- Exercise helps people quit smoking, Austrian researchers find. Nicotine replacement is one of the most useful tools for people who want to kick their cigarette habit. But kicking these kickers into high gear works even better, find Ralf H. Zwick, MD, and colleagues at Otto Wagner Ho

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  5. Smoking Bans Quickly Boost Lung Health

    Oct. 10, 2006 -- Smoking bans in bars may be a quick boon to bar workers' lungs, a new study shows. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, comes from Scotland, which banned smoking in bars and other confined public places on March 26, 2006. The ban presented a golde

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  6. No-Smoking Laws May Help Hearts

    Sept. 25, 2006 -- Banning smoking in public places may slash heart attack hospitalizations within months, a new study shows. The study, published in Circulation's rapid access online edition, centers on Pueblo, Colo., located in southern Colorado. In 2003, Pueblo residents voted to ban smoking in al

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  7. Tougher to Quit Menthol Cigarettes?

    Sept. 25, 2006 -- Menthol cigarettes may be harder to quit smoking than nonmenthol cigarettes, doctors write in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The doctors included Mark Pletcher, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. They checked data on 1,535 smokers from a 15-year study of heart

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  8. New Moms, Weight Worries, and Smoking

    Sept. 15, 2006 -- Women who quit smoking during pregnancy frequently take up the habit again after delivery. Now new research suggests that fears about weight gain may be a motivating factor for many. Researchers interviewed women who stopped smoking soon after learning they were pregnant. Those who

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  9. Chantix Helps Smokers Kick Habit

    Aug. 14, 2006 – The latest weapon in the war against smoking, Chantix, is an effective way for smokers to kick the habit without resorting to taking nicotine in other forms, according to two new studies. In one of the studies, Chantix was shown to be almost three times as effective as a placebo. It

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  10. Does Smoking Make You Drink More?

    July 24, 2006 -- People may drink more alcohol if they're smoking cigarettes between sips, a new study shows. Smoking and drinking often go together, though not all smokers drink and not all drinkers smoke. Researchers from Texas A&M University studied interactions between nicotine, which is found i

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