Items Tagged ‘smoking’

November 16, 2009

Your Health: Light smokers could need help quitting, too

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Some smoke just a few cigarettes each day. Others smoke only on weekends, with certain friends or in certain places. The habits of light, occasional or non-daily cigarette smokers are so varied that experts have yet to come up with a single label for them – though the term “chippers” gets some use…   “Other […]

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Tags: nicotine-replacement products, smoking


November 2, 2009

Break Your Bad Habits

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

A Quick Drag Every Now and Then A friend offers you a smoke while you’re tailgating at the game. You have one every now and then, and you’re not hooked, so sure, thanks. Besides, it does look good with your drink. This, my friend, is your brain battling a bad habit—and losing. As we continually […]

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Tags: cigarettes, smoking


October 16, 2009

U.S. Report Links Smoking Bans and Heart Health

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Smoking, bans in places like restaurants, offices and public buildings reduce cases of heart attacks and heart disease, according to a report released Thursday by a federally commissioned panel of scientists.   The report, issued by the Institute of Medicine, concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke significantly increased the risk of having a heart attack […]

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Tags: Nicotine Dependence Center, smoking


September 11, 2009

Nearly any lifetime smoking ups breast cancer risk

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Women taking the next puff of a cigarette might consider this: smoking 100 or more cigarettes may substantially increase their odds of developing breast cancer, researchers report. Previous studies linked regular exercise, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding postmenopausal obesity as lifestyle changes that can reduce women’s odds of developing breast cancer, notes Dr. Ivana T. […]

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Tags: breast cancer risks, smoking


June 2, 2009

Cigarettes Without Smoke, or Regulation

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

During 34 years of smoking, Carolyn Smeaton has tried countless ways to reduce her three-pack-a-day habit, including a nicotine patch, nicotine gum and a prescription drug. But stop-smoking aids always failed her.   Then, having watched a TV infomercial at her home here, Ms. Smeaton tried an electronic cigarette, which claimed to be a less […]

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Tags: cigarettes, regulations, smoking


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