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    1. FDA: Chantix Linked to Heart Attack in People With Heart Disease

      June 16, 2011 -- The smoking cessation drug Chantix (varenicline) may result in a small increased risk for heart attacks and other heart problems among people with cardiovascular disease, according to the FDA. The FDA reviewed data on 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were treated with eit

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    2. Why Smokers Gain Weight When Quitting

      June 10, 2011 -- Why do people gain weight when they quit smoking? If you guessed "Nicotine, of course," you'd be right. But now researchers have zeroed in on the exact brain cells that nicotine triggers to cut appetite and body fat. It turns out that nicotine activates different kinds of brain-cell

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    3. Why Some Smokers Have a Harder Time Quitting

      May 16, 2011 -- Quitting smoking is never easy, but some smokers have an even harder time kicking the habit, and now new research suggests that they may derive more pleasure form nicotine. The new study, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may also help foster the d

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    4. Nicotine-Free 'Fake' Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit

      May 13, 2011 -- Nicotine-free plastic inhalers -- fake cigarettes that allow people to simulate smoking -- may increase some smokers’ odds of quitting smoking, a study shows. Unlike electronic or "e-cigarettes," the nicotine-free inhalers are billed in Europe as aids for people who are trying to qui

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    5. FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes Just Like Tobacco

      April 27, 2011 -- The FDA has decided to oversee electronic cigarettes the same way it does tobacco products. The agency will not regulate the vapor-producing devices under the stricter federal rules that apply to medical products. The FDA says it decided not to appeal a federal appeals court ruling

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    6. CDC: More States Need to Go ‘Smoke-Free’

      April 21, 2011 -- People are banned by law from smoking in bars, restaurants, and work sites in half of all states in the U.S., but more action is needed to reduce heart disease and lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke, the CDC says in a new report. Seven states have no statewide smoking restricti

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    7. Are Menthol Cigarettes Riskier Than Non-Menthol?

      March 23, 2011 -- People who smoke menthol cigarettes are no more likely -- and may actually be less likely -- to develop lung cancer than people who smoke non-menthol cigarettes, a study suggests. The study, published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, comes out nearly a week a

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    8. Heavy Smokers in U.S. Dwindling

      March 15, 2011 -- The stereotypical pack-a-day smoker is no longer the norm, according to a new study that shows the number of heavy smokers has declined substantially in the U.S. Researchers say that in 1965, a majority of smokers in the U.S. smoked at least one pack per day. But since the first su

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    9. Cigarette Smoking Linked to Lou Gehrig’s Disease

      Feb. 14, 2011 -- Cigarette smoking may raise the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a new study that adds new evidence to the growing link between smoking and the rare muscle-wasting disease. Researchers say previous studies have suggested that cigarette smoking may be a risk

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    10. Survey: E-Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit

      Feb. 8, 2011 -- Can puffing electronic cigarettes help smokers quit smoking? It sounds wrong. E-cigarettes should be banned, says a long list of prestigious anti-tobacco groups including the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association. But a federal court has stymied FDA efforts to kee

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