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  1. Stop-Smoking Aid Chantix Sparks Safety Concerns

    July 27, 2010 -- Evidence is accumulating that the stop-smoking drug Chantix is linked with unprovoked acts and thoughts of aggression and violence, according to a new report. The drug is so potentially dangerous that its use should be restricted to exclude police, military, and similar occupations

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  2. Smoking Alters Gene Function

    July 15, 2010 -- Genetic research may help explain the link between smoking and cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other diseases. In the largest study of its kind, researchers confirmed that exposure to cigarette smoke dramatically altered genes in a wide range of negative ways, includin

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  3. Genetics May Personalize Quit-Smoking Methods

    July 7, 2010 -- A new, personalized approach to quitting smoking may one day help boost success rates by taking some of the guesswork out of matching smokers with available tools.  New research in the July-August issue of Molecular Medicine shows that your genetic profile combined with your level of

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  4. Hookahs Safer Than Cigarettes? A Pipe Dream

    May 10, 2010 -- Lots of people who quit cigarettes to escape the dangers of nicotine are turning to water pipe smoking, wrongly assuming that toking on “hookahs” is safer, new research indicates. Researchers used questionnaires and collected information on 871 Canadians aged 18 to 24 and found that

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  5. Smoking Genes Identified

    April 26, 2010 -- Common gene variants affect how much a person smokes, whether one becomes a smoker, how hard it is to quit, and risk of lung cancer from smoking, new studies find. The studies, based on genetic information collected by an international consortium from more than 140,000 people of Eu

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  6. Tobacco Control Programs Cut Smoking Rates

    April 22, 2010 -- Tobacco control programs, including smoke-free laws, media ads, and higher cigarette prices, are making a dent in U.S. smoking rates, but there is still a lot of room for improvement in many states, according to new report card issued by the CDC. The report ranks the states in term

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  7. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Chronic Sinusitis

    April 19, 2010 -- Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to as many as 40% of the roughly 30 million cases of chronic sinusitis among adults in the U.S., a new study shows. Chronic sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is defined as allergic and non-allergic sinus inflammation lasting at least thr

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  8. Smokeless Tobacco a Poisonous Lure for Kids

    April 19, 2010 -- Candy-like smokeless tobacco products are quickly becoming a major cause of infant and child poisonings. A new study shows 13,705 poisoning cases were reported from 61 regional poison control centers in the U.S. from 2006 to 2008 involving accidental ingestion of tobacco products i

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  9. Debate Sharpens Over Menthol Cigarettes

    March 31, 2010 -- Representatives from three major tobacco companies, speaking before a committee tasked with advising the federal government on tobacco regulation, defended menthol cigarettes against charges that they put smokers' health at greater risk than regular cigarettes. "Menthol does not ma

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  10. FDA Panel Mulls Fate of Menthol Cigarettes

    March 30, 2010 -- Menthol cigarettes, long a target of antismoking advocates, came under federal scrutiny as the FDA convened an advisory panel today to investigate their potential health risks. It was the inaugural meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, whose 12 members incl

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