Smoking & Tobacco

Back Pain and Smoking

A construction worker might blame his jackhammer for his sore back. An office worker might chalk up the ache to an uncomfortable chair. Fair enough.

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Smoking and Asthma

Shortly after blood-sucking leeches went out of style, 19th-century doctors embraced an equally bizarre remedy for some ailments: cigarettes and pipes packed with tobacco. Amazingly,

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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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College Smokers

For Greg Spritzer, college and nicotine go hand in hand. A 26-year-old student at Montana State University, Spritzer never smoked in high school, and he

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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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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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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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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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Clearing the Air

The irony was as inescapable as the smoke. Here was Taku Ronsman choking on secondhand smoke at work every day in a city health department,

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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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