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10:37am

Mon August 26, 2013
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A Chat With The Doctor Can Help Kids Resist Smoking

Almost all adult smokers say they got their start before age 18.
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Doctors do make a difference when it comes to keeping children and teenagers from taking up tobacco. This may sound like a no-brainer, but until recently there wasn't strong evidence that anti-smoking efforts by pediatricians and other primary care doctors make a difference.

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1:45am

Mon August 26, 2013
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Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 12:56 pm

Candy-flavored cigars like these in a shop in Albany, N.Y., are the focus of efforts to restrict sales of sweet-flavored tobacco.
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The good news: Cigarette sales are down by about a third over the past decade. Not so for little cigars and cigarillos. Their sales more than doubled over the same time period, in large part owing to the growing popularity of these little cigars among teenagers and 20-somethings.

The appeal among young people has lots to do with the large variety of candylike flavors in the little cigars, according to Jennifer Cantrell, director of research and evaluation at the anti-tobacco Legacy Foundation.

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12:24pm

Thu August 22, 2013
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How Hospitals Can Help Patients Quit Smoking Before Surgery

Stubbing that little habit out before surgery would be a very good idea.
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Doctors want people to quit smoking before surgery because it reduces the risk of complications, but often don't do much to make that happen.

But, it turns out, just a wee bit of help makes it much more likely that people will quit before going under the knife, a study finds.

Patients who got less than five minutes of counseling from a nurse and free nicotine patches at least three weeks before surgery were much more likely to quit, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario. Those patients also got a brochure and a referral to a quit-smoking hotline.

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4:40pm

Mon August 19, 2013

7:54am

Tue August 6, 2013
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Smoking Ban Tilts Odds Against Ambulance Calls From Casinos

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 2:20 pm

Feeling lucky? Smoke-filled casinos cloud the health outlook for workers and gamblers alike.
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Public health advocates have lobbied hard in recent years to clear restaurants, bars and other workplaces of tobacco smoke, and the winds seem to be at their back.

Already, 36 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some version of an indoor smoking ban to protect the health of workers and patrons, and many local communities in other states have followed suit.

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