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MRSA Superbug May Get Stronger If You Smoke
This 2005 photograph shows an abscess on a person's hip, which had begun to spontaneously drain, releasing its contents. The abscess was caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.
April 6th, 2015
When exposed to cigarette smoke, MRSA bacteria get stronger, a new study finds.
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E-Cigarettes May Lure Teens into Traditional Smoking
A woman smokes an e-cigarette
December 15th, 2014
A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that e-cigarettes might put adolescents at risk for taking up traditional cigarettes. Teen use of e-cigarettes is skyrocketing.
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Smoking Causes 14 Million Medical Conditions in US Yearly, Study Finds
A cigarette is being ground out
October 14th, 2014
Smoking is to blame for about 14 million major medical conditions among American adults in a single year, a new study shows.
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Is Marijuana Safe? It's More Complicated Than You Think
Marijuana plant
February 26th, 2015
There are at least 10 drugs that are more deadly than marijuana, including some that are legal, such as alcohol and nicotine, a new study by researchers in Germany and Canada finds.
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Goodbye Y: Men Who Smoke Have Missing Male Chromosomes
The X and Y chromosomes
December 4th, 2014
Smoking cigarettes is linked to the disappearance of the Y chromosome in the blood — a side effect that might explain why men who smoke are at greater risk for cancer than women who smoke.
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Deadly Explosions Added to List of E-Cigarette Dangers
E-cigarette
August 12th, 2014
Smoking an electronic cigarette may come with unforeseen risks, such as exploding charging devices and accidental poisonings from nicotine exposure.
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If Aired, Tobacco Truths Would Help Smokers Quit, Study Finds
A woman breaks a cigarette into two.
May 22nd, 2014
True statements about what smoking cigarettes can do to your health actually come as a surprise to many smokers, a new study suggests.
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Five Reasons Smoking Rules are Lax
Smashed cigarette, smoking policies
December 28th, 2014
Public health groups treat smoking as an epidemic, arguing that we addressed it too late in many countries but can prevent it in others.
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E-Cigarettes: Public Health Hazard or Key to Quit Smoking?
An electronic cigarette.
October 15th, 2014
Depending on whom you ask, e-cigarettes are either a great tool to get people to quit smoking or another way to get people hooked on nicotine.
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Anti-Smoking Policies May Also Fight Suicide
A woman lights a cigarette in a dark room
July 16th, 2014
Policies aimed at lowering the rate of smoking may also lower the rate of suicide, a new study finds.
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