Addiction

Meth Mouth

Few methamphetamine users fit the stereotype of the gaunt, twitchy addict. Some users take the drug in plush offices or lavish houses. Some wear suits

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12-Step Programs

What are 12-step programs? Since 1935 — the year that Alcoholics Anonymous was founded — millions of people have turned to 12-step programs to help

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Alcohol Abuse

What is alcohol abuse? Many people enjoy drinking alcohol in social settings or to relax. But sometimes people may find they’re drinking too much. And

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Alcoholism FAQ

Casual drinking is a common ritual in our culture — from campus keg parties, to a “beer and a dog” at the ballgame, to a

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Teen Crusaders

Ray Lader used to be an ideal customer for the tobacco companies: He was 12-years-old, loyal to his brand, and addicted. But within a few

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Teen Smokers

Like many heavy smokers, Steven “Bubba” Ash* wanted to quit. “It’s messing up my whole life,” he told me. In addition to draining his finances,

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Secondhand Smoke

Most cigarette smokers know the dangers of tobacco. After all, the Surgeon General stamps a warning right on the pack. But what about the people

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Pipe Smoking

Albert Einstein once remarked that pipe smoking “contributed to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” Whether the observation is true or

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The Risks of Cigars

As any cigar lover will tell you, cigars and cigarettes are in two different leagues. Cigarettes come with a warning label; cigars come with a

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Smoking and Pregnancy

You probably know that drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects in your unborn child. But do you know what smoking during pregnancy can do?

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Smoking and Lung Cancer

Linking cigarettes and cancer In the early 1960s, researchers at Brown and Williamson, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, made a sickening discovery: Smoking

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How We Quit

They say that cigarettes can be harder to kick than heroin. From what we hear that’s true and then some. Because it’s so difficult but

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Smoking Cessation Groups

Okay, so the nicotine patches and gum didn’t work. Somebody suggests hypnosis, but having someone experiment with your brain doesn’t sound appealing right now. Maybe

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