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  1. Smoking May Wreak Havoc on Sleep

    Feb. 4, 2008 -- The effects of smoking may include worse sleep due to overnight nicotine withdrawal. So say scientists from Johns Hopkins University. They studied 40 smokers who reported smoking at least 20 cigarettes per day and claimed to have no health problems. At home, the smokers spent a night

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  2. Suicide Warning for Antismoking Drug

    Feb. 1, 2008 -- Federal officials warned Friday that a popular antismoking drug may be linked to suicides in some patients. The drug, called Chantix, has been used by more than 5 million patients as a smoking cessation aid, according to manufacturer Pfizer Inc. The drug will now carry new labels war

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  3. Antismoking Report Card: Maine on Top

    Jan. 10, 2008 -- Maine gets the nation's best grades on a national report card of states' antismoking efforts released by the American Lung Association. The state earned high marks for enacting a workplace smoking ban similar to other bans taking hold in many states across the country. Maine also ha

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  4. Snuff Not a Safe Tobacco Option

    Dec. 21, 2007 -- Planning to quit smoking? Smokeless tobacco isn't a safe alternative, says a University of Minnesota cancer expert. "The results of our studies do not support the concept that smokers should switch to smokeless tobacco," writes Stephen Hecht, PhD. "Long-term use of nicotine replacem

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  5. Study Shows Toxins in Marijuana Smoke

    Dec. 14, 2007 -- New research from Canada shows that some toxins may be more abundant in marijuana cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes. The researchers burned 30 marijuana cigarettes and 30 tobacco cigarettes on a machine in their lab, measuring levels of chemicals in the smoke. Ammonia levels were u

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  6. Suicidal Thinking Reported With Chantix

    Nov. 20, 2007 -- The FDA today announced that it's investigating reports of suicidal thinking, aggressive and erratic behavior, and drowsiness in people taking the quit-smoking drug Chantix. Here are the FDA's recommendations: Health care workers should monitor patients taking Chantix for behavior a

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  7. Drop in Smoking Levels Off

    Nov. 8, 2007 -- A seven-year decline in the percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes seems to have leveled off. The CDC today reported that roughly one in five U.S. adults -- 20.8% -- smoked cigarettes last year. That's the same percentage as in 2004 -- and a long way from the government's goa

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  8. Nicotine Vaccine May Help Smokers Quit

    Nov. 7, 2007 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A shot in the arm may some day help smokers kick the habit. In a new study, nearly three times as many smokers given an experimental vaccine against nicotine quit for one year, compared with those given a placebo. The vaccine is called NicVAX. It triggers the producti

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  9. Report Links Teen Smoking, Depression

    Oct. 23, 2007 -- Smoking cigarettes may make teens more susceptible to depression, alcohol abuse, and illegal drug use, a new report states. Based on data from a government drug use survey, researchers concluded that teens who smoke are nine times more likely to abuse alcohol and 13 times more likel

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  10. Hypnotherapy Helps Stop Smoking Habit

    Oct. 22, 2007 -- Adding hypnotherapy to the mix of treatments may help die-hard smokers quit more easily than using nicotine replacement therapy alone or going cold turkey. A new study shows that smokers given free hypnotherapy to help them quit smoking after hospitalization were more likely to be n

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