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Survey: Tobacco 'power walls' draw the eye - August 26, 2014
New research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute shows that walls of tobacco marketing and products behind the counter in many convenience stores, referred to as “power walls,” are an effective way to attract the gaze of most shoppers.
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Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds - August 22, 2014
Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report.
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Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit - August 22, 2014
The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help.
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Schilling cancer highlights dangers of chewing tobacco - August 21, 2014
Baseball great Curt Schilling blames years of chewing tobacco for his oral cancer, an announcement that health advocates hope will call attention to the dangers of a habit common in many ballplayers.
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U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds - August 18, 2014
Overall lung cancer rates are dropping, according to a new analysis of nearly a half million Americans with lung cancer.
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Slim Majority in U.S. Call Secondhand Smoke Very Harmful - August 18, 2014
Less than half of U.S. smokers with children younger than 18, 44%, believe exposure to secondhand smoke is "very harmful" to adults.
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Rodeo Cowboy Cody Kiser Joins Anti-Tobacco Fight - August 14, 2014
Thee campaign to educate consumers about the dangers of tobacco has a new all-American hero: rodeo cowboy Cody Kiser, who’s partnering with the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) to educate parents and kids about the health risks associated with smokeless tobacco.
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Can we trust the Philly cigarette tax revenue projections? A look inside the numbers - August 14, 2014
City officials have been pressing hard for a $2 dollar per pack tax on cigarettes sold within city limits. All the proceeds would go to the cash-strapped city schools. Philadelphia needs the state's permission to levy this tax.
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Pharmacists Fighting Tobacco Use? CDC Launches Website Targeted at Most Accessible Provider - August 11, 2014
A new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website capitalizes on the pharmacist’s position as the most accessible health care provider to encourage patients to quit smoking.
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A Less Defiant Tack in a Campaign to Curb Smoking by Teenagers - August 11, 2014
Legacy is about to introduce a new effort on behalf of the “Truth” campaign, “Finish It,” which takes a decidedly less rebellious tone.
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One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds - August 8, 2014
Almost 10 percent of people who survive cancer are still smoking a decade later, a new study from the American Cancer Society shows.
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Ebola-fighting compound created using tobacco - August 8, 2014
A Kentucky company used local tobacco to help produce an experimental serum to fight Ebola, which may help save two American aid workers stricken with the deadly disease.
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Many Doctors Recommend E-Cigarettes as Anti-Smoking Aid, Survey Finds - August 7, 2014
E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere these days, and a new study finds many U.S. doctors recommending them to smokers as a way to kick the tobacco habit.
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The Tobacco Fight Is Far From Over - August 4, 2014
"The USA remains one of the world's largest and most profitable cigarette markets," proclaimed a recent press release from Imperial Tobacco, one of the world's biggest tobacco companies.
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Raising all federal tobacco taxes can stop tax avoidance - August 4, 2014
The foolproof solution is for Congress to pass a law equalizing all tobacco taxes. That would raise taxes for pipe tobacco and large cigars to the same level as cigarette taxes, preventing any market shift.
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Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms - July 23, 2014
Many young adults don't realize that using hookahs can harm their health, a new study reveals.
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Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children - July 23, 2014
Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.
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Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk - July 21, 2014
Rates dropped in states that enacted strict anti-smoking policies, researchers say
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Jury hits tobacco company R.J. Reynolds with $23B verdict - July 21, 2014
A Florida jury has returned one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company.
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America's Smokers: Still 40 Million Strong - July 17, 2014
The U.S. adult smoking rate has plunged to below 20% from more than 40% half a century ago. Increasingly, smokers are poorer and less educated. ... Still, there are more than 40 million smokers in the U.S. today.
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E-Cigarette Makers Are in an Arms Race for Exotic Vapor Flavors - July 17, 2014
Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada, Caribbean Chill, Mintrigue. Exotic cigarette flavors like those were banned in 2009 out of concern they might tempt young people.
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Reynolds to Buy Lorillard in $27.4 Billion Big Tobacco Deal - July 15, 2014
The No. 2 tobacco company in the U.S. is buying the No.3 cigarette maker in a $27.4 billion deal (including debt) that would put the new company almost neck and neck with the top producer in the nation.
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Thank You for Smoking: How Big Tobacco Created the ‘Type A’ Personality Myth - July 10, 2014
Researcher Mark Petticrew has uncovered a treasure trove of documents showing Big Tobacco’s connection to stress research and the construction of the uptight ‘Type A’ personality. Get ready to hate this industry even more.
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Smoke signals: Tobacco lobbyists take advantage of legislative discord - July 10, 2014
THE MARLBORO Man and Joe Camel helped push into legislative limbo a new $2-per-pack tobacco tax in Philly that would help to fund the city's public schools.
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Debate brews over law banning indoor use of e-cigarettes - July 8, 2014
From his perch at the crimson-walled tasting bar in Love Vape on South Fifth Street, Jeff Cullaton took a dim view of Philadelphia's new law banning electronic cigarettes from most indoor public spaces.
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Can $2 cigarette tax keep Philly young people from picking up a habit? - July 8, 2014
A proposed cigarette tax hike in Philadelphia could send tens of millions of dollars to cash-strapped city schools, and health officials predict a boon for health too.
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A study looks at which teens gravitate toward hookah use - July 7, 2014
Cigarette use is declining among young people at the same time that hookah smoking is gaining in popularity, says a new study that finds nearly 1 out 5 high school seniors used the water pipe device sometime in the last year.
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INSIGHT-As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook - July 7, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is spending $270 million on these and 45 other research projects to determine the risks of e-cigarettes before millions more Americans become hooked on the devices.
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New Jersey may be first state to ban smoking on beaches, in parks - July 2, 2014
New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products in all public parks and beaches if Governor Chris Christie signs into law a sweeping anti-smoking bill approved by lawmakers.
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Teens Who Prefer Menthols Are Heavier Smokers: Study - July 1, 2014
Teens who use menthol cigarettes are heavier smokers than those who smoke non-menthols, a new study finds.
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E-cigarettes put corporate smoking policies to the test - June 30, 2014
with the use of e-cigarettes growing, and health risks unclear, companies are grappling with whether to allow employees to vape, the electronic equivalent of smoking.
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Timing of Day's First Cigarette May Influence Lung Cancer Risk - June 30, 2014
People who light up soon after rising might face higher odds for the disease, research shows.
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Will Chewing Tobacco Be Banned In Major League Baseball After Tony Gwynn's Cancer Death? - June 26, 2014
Gwynn’s issue was an addiction to smokeless chewing tobacco. He had used it throughout his entire 20-year playing career,... Gwynn fully believed that “dipping” had caused the cancer.
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Big Tobacco releases first e-cigarette, with Philadelphia as key market - June 26, 2014
Philadelphia was chosen due to the region's high number of retail locations selling tobacco products. They also said that Philadelphia is a market where traditional cigarettes sell best.
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Maryland Zoo to bar smoking on grounds - June 19, 2014
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore announced that it will no longer permit visitors to smoke on its grounds beginning July 1.
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Cigarette makers lose challenge to new NYC pricing law - June 19, 2014
A federal judge said New York City may prevent retailers from offering discounts on cigarettes and other tobacco products, rejecting an industry effort to halt enforcement of a law designed to curb tobacco purchases.
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A Bolder Effort by Big Tobacco on E-Cigarettes - June 18, 2014
Electronic cigarettes, promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco, are getting powerful new backers with an unhealthy reputation: big tobacco companies.
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Chicago announces cash rewards for reports of illegal tobacco sales - June 17, 2014
Chicagoans who report sales of illegal smokes could be in for a payday.
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Doctors' Group Calls for Tougher Rules on Sale of E-Cigarettes - June 16, 2014
he American Medical Association called for tighter restrictions on the sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes.
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No Drop in Smokeless Tobacco Use Among U.S. Workers: CDC - June 16, 2014
Cigarette smoking continues to decline among Americans who work, but use of smokeless tobacco -- a known cause of cancer -- has held steady since 2005, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
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Smoke-Free Apartment Buildings Becoming Hot Across City - June 12, 2014
There was only one rental listing in 2008 in a building advertised as non-smoking and zero homes for sale in any co-ops or condos that were advertised as smoke-free, according to StreetEasy data compiled for DNAinfo. Fast forward to 2013 and 2014 and the numbers increased drastically.
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Feds consider cigar exception in new tobacco rules - June 10, 2014
As the federal government prepares for even tighter regulation of tobacco products, it’s considering whether to cut cigar smokers some slack.
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R U Ready To Quit Smoking? Texting Can Help - June 10, 2014
Smokers who want to quit have all sorts of tools at their disposal: call lines, nicotine patches, medication, friends, doctors. And now, texts.
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Teen Boys More Likely to Quit Smoking than Teen Girls: Study - June 6, 2014
A latest research finds that teen boys are more likely to quit smoking than teen girls.
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No Drop in Smokeless Tobacco Use Among U.S. Workers: CDC - June 6, 2014
Cigarette smoking continues to decline among Americans who work, but use of smokeless tobacco -- a known cause of cancer -- has held steady since 2005, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
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1 in 4 Smokers With Gene Defect May Get Lung Cancer - June 3, 2014
Study finds smokers with gene normally linked to breast cancer appear to have a much higher risk of lung cancer
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Viewing E-Cigarette Use May Keep Smokers From Quitting - June 2, 2014
Seeing smokeless devices in action triggered urge for a regular cigarette in young smokers, study found
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France moving to ban e-cigarette from public places, says report - May 30, 2014
French health minister intends to table bill that would regulate device in same way as conventional tobacco, says Le Figaro
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Smoking Could Be Linked to Chronic Pain - May 28, 2014
Although smoking is commonly known to increase the risks of many types of cancer and cardiovascular disease, some studies show that smoking is linked in different ways to chronic pain.
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Fewer Americans Believe E-Cigs Safer Than Tobacco Cigarettes: Study - May 28, 2014
As they learn more about electronic cigarettes, American smokers are becoming less likely to believe that the devices are a safer choice than tobacco cigarettes, a new study finds.
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New York raises minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 - May 23, 2014
New York raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21, in its latest initiative to encourage healthier behavior among residents.
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Tweens Who Play Sports Less Likely to Smoke: Study - May 23, 2014
Preteens who take part in certain extracurricular activities may be less likely to try smoking or drinking, a new study suggests.
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Why Are Children Working in American Tobacco Fields? - May 16, 2014
Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.
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Drug Therapy May Lower Odds That Kids With ADHD Will Smoke - May 16, 2014
Children taking medications to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- such as Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse -- are less likely to smoke, according to a new analysis.
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People With Mental Health Issues More Likely to Turn to E-Cigarettes: Study - May 14, 2014
People with mental health disorders are more likely to use electronic cigarettes, a new study finds.
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When Parents Smoke More, So Do Their Kids - May 14, 2014
The more a parent smokes in front of the kids, the more likely those children are to become heavy smokers themselves, a new study finds.
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Yes, Those Candy-Flavored Smokes Do Taste Like Candy - May 8, 2014
Candy-flavored cigars, snuff and e-cigarettes really do taste like candy, and they seem to be flavored with the same ingredients used in Kool-Aid, Jolly Ranchers and other kid-oriented treats.
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University of Pennsylvania must divest from tobacco - May 8, 2014
At their June 19-20 meeting, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania will vote on a proposal submitted by an ad hoc committee in October that urges them to exclude stocks in tobacco companies from Penn's $7 billion investment portfolio.
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Twitter-based experiment to help smokers quit sees positive results - May 5, 2014
Smokers looking to kick the habit may try any number of approaches: patches, gums, and now tweeting.
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CDC director explains what he hates about electronic cigarettes - May 5, 2014
Of all the threats to Americans’ health -- a list that includes bird flu, measles and West Nile virus -- few get Dr. Tom Frieden as riled up as electronic cigarettes.
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Nutter bans smoking in Philadelphia parks - April 30, 2014
Just in time for spring picnics and outdoor recreational sports leagues, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order Tuesday immediately banning smoking of tobacco in city parks.
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Smoke-Free Laws May Help Prevent COPD Hospitalizations - April 29, 2014
People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are less likely to be hospitalized for breathing problems if they live in an area where local laws prohibit smoking in public spaces including bars, restaurants and offices, a new study shows.
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Pa. scores 'victory,' gets portion of tobacco settlement restored - April 28, 2014
A Philadelphia judge restored about $120 million of tobacco settlement money that an arbitration panel struck down, though state officials could not say how it might affect program funding.
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F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes - April 24, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers.
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E-Cigarettes Are Targeted at Youths, Report Says - April 21, 2014
An investigation by Democratic members of Congress into the marketing practices of electronic cigarette companies has found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away free samples at music and sporting events and running radio and television advertisements during youth-oriented programs.
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Drive for smoke-free casinos picks up steam - April 17, 2014
Two Pennsylvania legislators are pushing a bill that would prohibit smoking throughout the casino floor as well as at several other locations now exempt from the state ban.
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TV smoking influences adult tobacco use, study says - April 17, 2014
Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study.
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Hispanic children more influenced by tobacco direct marketing - April 11, 2014
Direct marketing for tobacco, or advertisements appealing to people through targeted mailing, Internet, or in-store efforts, are not only reaching children in the United States, they are reaching Hispanic children disproportionately.
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Cutting Cigarette Scenes From TV Shows May Have Helped Reduce Smoking - April 11, 2014
Scenes of cigarette use have become less common on prime-time television shows, and it may be linked to reduced smoking rates in the United States, a new study suggests.
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Smoking bans cut asthma attacks and premature births by 10 percent, study says - April 8, 2014
Banning smoking in public places has helped to cut premature births by 10 percent, according to new research from the United States and Europe.
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MILITARY TRYING HARD TO REVERSE RANK TOBACCO HAS AMONG TROOPS - April 8, 2014
At the Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma, Laura Crowder is known as “the Hawk Lady.” She’s also known as “the Smoke Lady,” but not because she’s lighting cigarettes. Instead, Crowder is a health promotions manager at the base outside Oklahoma City, working to wean service members off tobacco in any form.
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E-Cigarette Poisonings Skyrocket, Mostly in Kids - April 4, 2014
Calls to U.S. poison control centers about people sickened by e-cigarettes containing liquid nicotine have soared in the past four years, climbing from just one a month in 2010 to at least 215 per month this year.
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E-cig rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says - April 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.
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Pentagon considering banning cigarette sales on ships and bases - April 2, 2014
If you’re a member of the military, easy access to cigarettes could soon go up in smoke. The Department of Defense is considering banning the sale of cigarettes on ships and bases in an effort to get service members to stop smoking.
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Smoking May Dull Ability to Sense Bitter Tastes - March 31, 2014
Coffee's full taste might be lost on smokers and former smokers, a new study suggests.
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E-cigarette restrictions pass council - March 28, 2014
City Council unanimously passed two bills to add electronic cigarettes to the Philadelphia’s public indoor smoking ban and to forbid the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
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Thirdhand Smoke Is Real—And Risky to Your Health - March 28, 2014
Scientists are worried about another cigarette-related phenomenon: thirdhand smoke. It's real, and it's ubiquitous. Without knowing it, indoor smokers have left a toxic legacy that continues years after their last butt was stubbed out.
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A few counties responsible for smoking rate decline - March 25, 2014
Nationally, smoking rates have dropped for men and women since 1996, but the changes aren't uniform across regions.
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Smoking More Than Doubles Chance of Tuberculosis Recurrence—Study - March 25, 2014
Doctors have long known that smoking, among its many ills, can increase the risk of tuberculosis. Yet clinics and hospitals don't regularly help TB patients quit using cigarettes.
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Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes - March 24, 2014
A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel.
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Smokers' Broken Bones May Heal Less Quickly: Study - March 24, 2014
Broken bones heal more slowly in smokers, a small new study suggests.
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Why It's Hard to Kick the Smoking Habit - March 18, 2014
Nicotine withdrawal triggers changes to the brain that help explain why smokers have such a tough time quitting, a new study suggests
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State wants landlords to ban smoking - March 17, 2014
Twenty-one percent of Pennsylvania's adults smoke cigarettes. And if Michael Wolf has his way, none should be able to light up if they live in apartment or condominium complexes.
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Regulate e-cigarettes - March 14, 2014
One of the hottest topics in public health is what to do about e-cigarettes, the modern-day gadgets that allow users to inhale their nicotine fix through "vaping."
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Committee approves adding e-cigs to public ban on smoking - March 14, 2014
A CITY COUNCIL committee yesterday agreed to treat e-cigarettes the same as the traditional kind, banning their sale to minors and applying the same no smoking limits.
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E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors? - March 11, 2014
On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze.
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E-Cigarettes, by Other Names, Lure Young and Worry Experts - March 11, 2014
Olivia Zacks, 17, recently took a drag of peach-flavored vapor from a device that most people would call an e-cigarette. But Ms. Zacks, a high school senior, does not call it that.
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Secondhand Smoke in Childhood Thickens Arteries - March 7, 2014
Secondhand smoke causes irreversible damage to children's arteries and puts them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke later in life, a new study says.
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Young Using E-Cigarettes Smoke Too, Study Finds - March 7, 2014
Middle and high school students who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to smoke real cigarettes and less likely to quit than students who did not use the devices, a new study has found.
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Regulating Electronic Cigarettes - March 4, 2014
European lawmakers last week adopted strong tobacco regulations that will increase government oversight of electronic cigarettes. The rules should serve as a model for the FDA which has said that it also intends to regulate the nicotine-delivery devices.
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E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids - March 4, 2014
Electronic cigarette makers are getting bold with their advertising, using provocative new print ads and celebrity endorsements on TV. But public health advocates say these images are luring kids to hook them on nicotine.
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