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Anti-Smoking Policies May Also Fight Suicide
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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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E-Cigarettes May Not Help Smokers Quit
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March 24th, 2014
Although electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have been marketing as a way to help people quit smoking, a new study finds no evidence to support this claim.
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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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CVS to Become 1st National Pharmacy Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco
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February 5th, 2014
The nation's largest drugstore chain said that selling tobacco products is at odds with its mission of promoting health.
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If Aired, Tobacco Truths Would Help Smokers Quit, Study Finds
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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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Quitting Smoking May Bring Mental Health Benefits
A smoking man.
February 13th, 2014
Quitting smoking is known to have benefits for physical health, including a reduce risk of cancer and heart disease, but a new study suggests that giving up the habit may improve mental health as well.
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