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Your Thoughts on Smoking: Laws, Taxes, and Kids

In a country where health-and-safety regulations butt heads with civil rights and privacy laws, smoking is a hot topic only a few rungs below, say, abortion and gun control. What you do to your own body is your own business, cigarette supporters argue. But smoke travels, the other side answers, …

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Tobacco Control Program Saved Billions in Health Costs

TUESDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) — California’s state tobacco program resulted in a 50-to-1 return on investment over 15 years, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. In a study published in the Aug. 25 issue of PLoS Medicine, researchers evaluated the health care savings that occurred as …

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Nicotine Replacement May Help Smokers Quit Gradually

FRIDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) — For smokers who want to cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke, using nicotine replacement therapy not only helps them smoke less but makes it twice as likely that they will quit altogether, British researchers report. Although using nicotine replacement therapy — …

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Growing Up With Smokers May Cause Lasting Lung Damage

Getty Images By Anne HardingTUESDAY, May 19, 2009 (Health.com) — Adults who were exposed to large amounts of secondhand smoke during childhood have lungs that look different on CT scans than people who grew up in a smoke-free environment, a new study suggests. Specifically, their lungs have slightly more, and …

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Study Shows Showerheads May Deliver Blast of Bacteria

(ISTOCKPHOTO) By Denise MannMONDAY, Sept. 14, 2009 (Health.com) — If the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho scared you, here’s another reason to scream: A new study says that potentially disease-causing germs can get trapped in showerheads and grow into biofilm, or coats of slime that deliver a bacteria blast …

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Wearing Patch for 6 Months May Help Smokers Quit

(Getty Images) By Anne Harding MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2010 (Health.com) — If you’re trying to quit smoking, wearing a nicotine patch for up to six months—far longer than is generally recommended—may increase your chances of staying smoke-free, a new study has found. Even with the longer treatment, however, your chances …

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Cigars, Pipes Can Damage Lungs Too

(Getty Images) By Denise Mann MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2010 (Health.com) — Cigar aficionados and pipe smokers often claim that their habit is safer than cigarette smoking because they don’t inhale. Even if they think they’re just harmlessly puffing away, they’re still damaging their lungs, a new study shows. People who …

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Candy

Harvard School of Public Health By Denise Mann MONDAY, April 19, 2010 (Health.com) — A new generation of smokeless, flavored tobacco products that look like breath mints or breath-freshening strips may be life-threatening for children who mistake them for candy, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health …

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