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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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Elephant Seals Survive Deep Dives with 'Smokers' Blood'
Elephant Seals in California
May 14th, 2014
Elephant seals have surprisingly high levels of naturally produced carbon monoxide in their blood — roughly comparable to the amount of carbon monoxide found in the blood of people who smoke 40 or more cigarettes each day, a new study finds.
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Smoking Causes 14 Million Medical Conditions in US Yearly, Study Finds
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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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Drug Use Linked with Brain Differences in Teens
Human Brain
June 13th, 2014
Teens who have used drugs even just once in their lives have brain characteristics that are different from those who have never used drugs, a new study finds.
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Inactivity Trumps Other Heart Disease Risk Factors in Women Over 30
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May 8th, 2014
Lack of physical activity is a more important contributor to women's risk of heart disease after age 30 than being overweight, smoking or having high blood pressure, a new study from Australia suggests.
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E-Cigarettes Are 'Aggravating' Teen Smoking Epidemic, Study Suggests
A woman smokes an e-cigarette
March 6th, 2014
Although e-cigarettes have been marketed as a way to help people quit smoking, a new study finds that teens who use the products often smoke regular cigarettes as well.
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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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Sports & Energy Drink Consumption Linked to Unhealthy Teen Behaviors
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May 5th, 2014
Teens who drink sports and energy drinks may also be more likely to engage in other unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, soda consumption and more hours of video game play, a new study finds.
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