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Nicotine Addiction Slashed In Test Of New Cigarette Smoking Strategy

Scientists are reporting the first successful strategy to reduce smokers' nicotine dependence while allowing them to continue smoking. The study provides strong support for proposals now being considered in Congress to authorize FDA regulation of cigarette smoking, according to the research team.

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A New Reason To Quit For Great American Smokeout

Most people are well aware of the risk of cancer from smoking, but few realize the damage smoking causes throughout the body's vascular system. Smoking damages the blood vessels and smokers are at risk for all vascular diseases including peripheral arterial disease (PAD), stroke, heart attack, abdominal aortic aneurysm and subsequent death. This year for the Great American Smokeout interventional radiologists are urging Americans to quit. As vascular experts these doctors see first-hand the damage that smoking causes to the arteries.

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Businesses Pay For Worker Smoking Cessation Programs

Employers increasingly are paying for worker smoking cessation programs as a way to reduce health costs, the New York Times reports. According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, one in three companies with more than 200 workers that provide health benefits offered such programs in 2006 and, among smaller companies, one in 12 offer smoking cessation assistance.

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Age Affects Motivation For Quitting Smoking

A new study shows that obstacles to smoking cessation and motives for quitting smoking vary with age. The study presented at CHEST 2007, the 73rd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that smokers over age 65 reported quitting smoking due to physician pressure and stress due to a major health problem, while smokers under age 65 reported cigarette cost and tobacco odor as reasons for quitting.

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Report On Secondhand Smoke Focuses On Danger To Children

A new report from the US Surgeon General calls on parents to eliminate their children's exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Coinciding with National Child Health Month in October, the Surgeon General's message warns of the health risks secondhand smoke creates for the nation's children.

"There is quite simply no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure," said acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D. "Parents need to protect their families from this completely preventable health hazard."

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