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    1. Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21, U.S. Expert Panel Says

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 would save hundreds of thousands of lives and substantially reduce the number of smokers in the United States, a new report finds. Such a change would result

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    2. FDA Warns of Seizure, Alcohol Risks With Chantix

      March 10, 2015 -- The FDA has changed the labeling on the quit-smoking drug Chantix to reflect concerns that it may lower your tolerance to alcohol and is linked to a rare risk of seizures. "Until patients know how Chantix affects their ability to tolerate alcohol, they should decrease the amount of

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    3. 2 of 3 Smokers Will Die Early If They Don't Quit

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of smokers will die early from their habit if they don't quit, a new study suggests. The findings indicate that it's never too late to quit smoking, one expert said. Researchers analyzed data from more than 200

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    4. Hookahs Don't Filter Out Tobacco Toxins

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what many people think, hookah water pipes do not filter out most of the heavy metals in tobacco, a new study warns. Tobacco plants can absorb and accumulate heavy metals, such as copper, iron, chromium, lead a

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    5. What’s in Your E-Cigarette?

      Feb. 18, 2015 -- As the popularity of electronic cigarettes has grown over the past several years, so have concerns over the health risks tied to them. The New England Journal of Medicine, for example, recently published a letter from researchers that set off alarm bells. They reported that some e-c

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    6. Chantix: Higher Quit Rates in Some Smokers

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren't ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests. "The main contribution of this study is that it demon

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    7. Graphic Images on Cigarette Labels Affect Smokers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Disturbing images on cigarette warning labels have a significant effect on smokers' brains, according to a new study. "You want warning messages to be memorable," study co-author Daniel Romer, associate director of the Ann

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    8. Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may damage part of the brain by causing thinning in a crucial area, new research shows. The study included more than 500 male and female smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers who were an average of 73 years old. B

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    9. U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated: Study

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure ma

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    10. Nicorette Lozenge Shortage Worries Many Ex-Smokers

      Feb. 10, 2015 -- A shortage of Nicorette lozenges in the United States has some ex-smokers hunting for and hoarding the product. Early last year, GlaxoSmithKline stopped making Nicorette lozenges due to quality control problems. The company also voluntarily recalled the lozenges from warehouses and

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