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    1. Smoking Gene May Reveal Why Some People Smoke More

      May 22, 2012 -- A "smoking gun" gene may play a role in how many cigarettes certain smokers puff each day. Researchers from 50 medical institutions across the country analyzed genetic material of more than 32,000 African-American smokers and non-smokers to see if certain genes predicted when they be

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    2. FDA: Tobacco Companies Must Reveal Harmful Chemicals

      March 30, 2012 -- Tobacco makers have to tell consumers about all the harmful chemicals in their products, the FDA today ruled. They also must prove that any "reduced harm" tobacco products they sell actually do make things safer for consumers. The FDA actions spring from its new powers under the Fa

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    3. CDC Launches Graphic Antismoking Ad Campaign

      March 15, 2012 -- The CDC is launching a nationwide graphic antismoking campaign that features “tips” from former smokers, such as how to get ready in the morning when you have a hole in your neck because of throat cancer. “The ad campaign we’re launching today will tell the real story,” Health and

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    4. Nicotine Patches Fail Most Pregnant Smokers

      Feb. 29, 2012 -- Nicotine replacement therapy is widely used to help smokers kick the habit, but new research raises major doubts about its effectiveness during pregnancy. The largest clinical trial ever to examine the use of nicotine patches in this setting found little evidence that the treatment

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    5. Quit-Smoking Drug May Also Curb Drinking

      Feb. 15, 2012 -- A drug that helps people stop smoking may also cut alcohol cravings, a new study shows. The drug Chantix works by blocking nicotine receptors in the brain. Many people who have taken the drug to quit smoking have reported to their doctors that they were drinking less, too. Intrigued

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    6. Smoking in Men Speeds Up Mental Decline

      Feb. 6, 2012 -- Smoking is bad for the brain, especially for male smokers. Men who smoke tend to have a more rapid mental decline than men who do not smoke, a new study shows. But the findings did not reveal a similar link between smoking and mental decline in female smokers. Although the exact reas

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    7. Most States Get an F for Tobacco Prevention

      Jan. 19, 2012 -- Most states are doing an “abysmal” job in actions to protect children from cigarette smoking, and some are cutting funds for tobacco cessation programs because of stagnant economic conditions that are reducing revenues, the American Lung Association says in a new report. The ALA’s S

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    8. Nicotine Replacement Treatments May Not Work Long-Term

      Jan. 9, 2012 -- Nicotine replacement therapies such as gums or patches may not help smokers kick the habit long-term, a new study shows. Relapse rates of the quitters were similar during the study period, whether they used the products alone or with counseling, or they did not use them. "Nicotine re

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    9. Long-Term Treatment May Be Best Way to Help Smokers Quit

      Nov. 28, 2011 -- If you had high blood pressure, you wouldn't expect your doctor to give you some pills, pat you on the back, and say good luck, would you? Of course not, you would expect long-term treatment. What if the same principle was applied to smoking? Well, treating smoking like a chronic di

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    10. Survey: Most Smokers Want to Quit

      Nov. 10, 2011 -- Ask anyone who has ever tried or even succeeded: Quitting smoking is not easy. Two-thirds of U.S. adults who smoke really do want to quit, and more than 50% of adult smokers have really tried during the past year,a survey shows. But quitting can sometimes be easier said than done. T

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