Back in 1998, Colleen Maxwell, then a 23-year-old student, smoked outside a San Diego bar, just weeks after California became the the first state in the nation to to ban smoking in most bars and gambling casinos.
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June 25, 2012 For women born since 1933, lung cancer death rates in California have dropped by more than half. In Alabama, they have more than doubled.
A competitor stops for a cigarette after he broke down during the Enduropale race at Le Touquet Beach on February 22, 2009 in Le Touquet, France.
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April 20, 2012 Smokers who exercised just a little bit had an easier time quitting and were less likely to relapse, new research says. Even smokers who can't quit are less likely to die if they walk 15 minutes a day.
April 13, 2012 Recent FDA regulations of tobacco packaging raise questions about difference between truth and propaganda.
March 22, 2012 New York Mayor, media magnate and public health zealot Michael Bloomberg said he will give $220 million to fight smoking in the developing world. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $300 million for brain research.
March 15, 2012 These aren't the usual public service announcements. The $54 million "Tips from Smokers" campaign marks the first time the federal government plans to pay to run anti-smoking ads nationwide,
March 8, 2012 The U.S. Surgeon General is sounding the alarm about kids and tobacco, saying a lot more has to be done to keep minors from lighting up. Most smokers in high school will smoke as adults, and half of them will die prematurely as a result.
February 6, 2012 About 1 in 5 nonsmoking kids in middle and high school reported sharing a car with a smoker. The researcher say the survey, which included responses from thousands of students, give an accurate snapshot of what's happening across the country.
R.J. Reynolds' Orbs, a dissolvable tobacco product. The Food and Drug administration is studying the flavored products.
January 20, 2012 Supporters of the product say they help quit smoking. Opponents maintain it's a gateway to cigarettes. Both groups are making their case to the Food and Drug Administration, which is studying the flavored melt-in-your-mouth products.
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There are new questions about the value of nicotine patches and gum in helping people quit smoking.
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January 11, 2012 A study out this week raises questions about just how effective nicotine replacement is over the long haul. How does a new study that suggests gum and patches are no better than going cold turkey square with previous studies that showed a benefit?
January 10, 2012 Nicotine patches helped improve memory for patients on the road to dementia or Alzheimer's disease. But doctors didn't find the change meant they people did better on everyday problems.
A hospital stay may be the right time to quit smoking.
January 3, 2012 Most hospitals make little effort to screen patients for tobacco use or to help smokers kick the habit permanently. That's a missed opportunity. Starting this month, though, hospitals can choose to adopt tobacco-cessation measures to help them comply with accreditation standards.
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December 30, 2011 A little over half of the people we surveyed said they'll resolve to exercise more in 2012. More than a third will resolve to lose weight. And 13 percent say they'll commit to either quitting smoking or reducing how much they smoke.
Seeds from Golden Rain acacias like these in Wales provide the active ingredient for a pill to help people stop smoking.
September 29, 2011 A pill long sold by a Bulgarian drugmaker in Eastern Europe is getting a fresh look as an inexpensive way to help smokers in low-income countries quit. In Poland, the medicine costs about $15 for a course of treatment.
September 6, 2011 Children living with a smoker in the house miss about one extra school day per year. And if two adults in the house smoke, children miss 1.54 more days compared to kids from nonsmoking households.
An increase in toxic chemicals in cigarettes may also be to blame for the high risk of bladder cancer for women who smoke.
August 16, 2011 Scientists used to think that women were less likely to get bladder cancer than men. A new study shows that's not the case. Scientists think they know why: More women are smoking, and cigarettes have become more deadly.
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