Smoking

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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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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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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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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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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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