Smoking

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'Very Light' Smoking Common Among Young Women
A teenage girl smokes a cigarette.
July 16th, 2015
Young American women commonly smoke, but only very lightly, or they smoke on some days but not others, a new study finds.
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Teens Are Less Familiar with Marijuana, E-Cigarette Health Risks
marijuana smoker
June 23rd, 2015
Teens don't really know the health risks of using marijuana or e-ciggs, a new study finds.
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Cancer Death Rate Declines Worldwide
April 29th, 2015
The rate of deaths from cancer appears to be on the decline worldwide, a new study suggests.
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'Very Light' Smoking Common Among Young Women
July 16th, 2015
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Even 'Mad Men' Can't Bring Cigarettes Back (Op-Ed)
A cigarette, nearly broken in half, dangles from a woman's mouth.
May 26th, 2015
Back in the day, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble used to relax with a smoke, but times have changed.
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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 Marijuana May Affect Weight Gain
A marijuana cigarette
July 7th, 2015
Whether smoking marijuana contributes to weight gain may partly depend on how much pot a person smokes, according to a new study.
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Cancer May Leave Early Warning Signs in Cheek Cells
A woman lights a cigarette in a dark room
May 15th, 2015
Smoking may cause changes in cells that are linked cancers beyond lung cancer, including breast and gynecological cancers, a new study finds.
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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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