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    1. Study Links Chantix to Suicide Risk, but FDA Disagrees

      Nov. 3, 2011 -- Just over a week after federal health officials released a report finding no evidence of an increased risk of serious psychiatric problems in users of the anti-smoking drug Chantix, a new study comes to the opposite conclusion. Investigators who were the first to link the drug to sui

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    2. FDA: Chantix Benefits Still Outweigh the Risks

      Oct. 24, 2011 -- New studies show that the benefits of the stop-smoking drug Chantix still outweigh its risks, the FDA says. The FDA-sponsored studies find that Chantix does not increase a person's risk of psychiatric hospitalization. But the studies "do not rule out an increased risk of other neuro

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    3. Heart Attack Complications More Likely for Women Smokers

      Oct. 7, 2011 -- Smokers have heart attacks earlier than nonsmokers, and women smokers are also much more likely than men smokers to have complications after a heart attack, new research shows. "Female smokers after a heart attack have about a two and a half times greater event rate -- things like re

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    4. Current Smoking Rates Could Lead to Millions of TB Deaths

      Oct. 4, 2011-- If smoking is not controlled worldwide, the habit could produce 18 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases and 40 million deaths from TB between 2010 and 2050, according to a new study. Tobacco and tuberculosis are linked, with tobacco smoking a risk factor for the disease. The research i

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    5. Smokers May Get Strokes 10 Years Before Nonsmokers

      Oct. 3, 2011 -- Smoking is considered one of the major risk factors for strokes. Now research shows that smokers tend to have strokes close to one full decade earlier than nonsmokers. Smokers were age 58, on average, when they had a stroke, while nonsmokers were 67, on average, according to a study

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    6. Adult Smoking Rates Differ Among Occupations

      Sept. 29, 2011 -- Education, occupation, and socioeconomic status are major factors affecting cigarette smoking rates among working adults, according to a new CDC report. The CDC reports that the smoking rate of working adults is 19.6%, but that number jumps to 28.4% for those with less than a high

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    7. Study: Generic Quit-Smoking Drug Works

      Sept. 28, 2011 -- An inexpensive drug widely used in Central and Eastern Europe, but not approved in the United States, more than tripled smokers’ chances of successfully kicking the habit in a new study published in the latest New England Journal of Medicine. The drug, Tabex (cytisine), has been us

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    8. Smoking Increases Bladder Cancer Risk More Than Thought

      Aug. 16, 2011 -- Smoking may increase risk for bladder cancer even more than previously believed, and this risk is comparable among male and female smokers. The new study appears in the Aug. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The American Cancer Society estimates that there

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    9. Menthol Cigarettes May Be Tougher to Quit

      Aug. 15, 2011 -- Smoking menthol cigarettes may make it harder to quit the smoking habit. A new study shows people who smoke the mint-flavored cigarettes are less likely to be successful at smoking cessation. This effect is especially pronounced among certain ethnic groups. The results showed that m

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    10. Early Morning Smokers Have Higher Cancer Risk

      Aug. 8, 2011 -- According to two new studies, smokers who take their first puffs soon after they wake up in the morning may be at greater risk of developing lung cancer and head and neck cancer than smokers who wait to have their first cigarette of the day. The results of these studies, published in

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