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E-cigarettes are marketed as a safer way to inhale nicotine, but the evidence remains unclear on benefits and harms.
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June 25, 2015 It's easy to think that hardcore smokers will never quit, and thus e-cigarettes without the smoke is a better alternative. The changing demographics of smoking suggests otherwise, a study finds.
May 13, 2015 A carrot isn't enough — bring on the stick. A study finds smokers are more likely to quit tobacco if they lose some of their own money after a relapse, than if they get a bonus for quitting the habit.
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Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth, stillbirth and infant death.
January 28, 2015 It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?
State public health departments have added Web tools to their stop-smoking aids.
December 31, 2014 Every state offers quit lines and other aids to help smokers end the habit. Using both telephone and online aids works best, a study finds.
A woman smokes an electronic cigarette at a store in Miami.
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August 26, 2014 Both the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association say vapors from electronic cigarettes pose a health threat to bystanders, and that the devices should be regulated like tobacco.
June 6, 2014 For smokers hoping to quit, text messages with tips and reminders may be just as effective as phone counseling, a study finds. Texts doubled the success rate compared with people who didn't text.
November 25, 2013 Everybody knows that you're not supposed to smoke while you're pregnant because it's bad for the baby. But nicotine patches often used to help women quit may pose a risk, too, researchers say. Other forms of nicotine replacement may do less harm.
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September 7, 2013 An experiment to test the value of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid found them as good as the nicotine patch, but there weren't enough people in the study to say they're a good bet for quitting. Public health officials worry that e-cigarettes will encourage tobacco use.
Stubbing that little habit out before surgery would be a very good idea.
August 22, 2013 Doctors often tell patients to stop smoking before surgery, but precious few help out with that. A hospital in Canada found that just offering a few simple kinds of help was enough to get more people to quit before going under the knife.
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