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Australia at odds with cigarette makers over plain packaging impact

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian laws requiring cigarettes to be sold in drab olive-green packets with graphic health warnings are making smokers think more about quitting, a study has shown, but cigarette makers say they have seen little impact on sales. Full story

Recalls this week: baby bath seats, dehumidifiers

A line of baby bath seats that pose a drowning hazard and dehumidifiers that can overheat and spark a fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other products recalled include jackets, LED lanterns, and electric smokers. Full story

Pennsylvania hospitals' ban on hiring smokers prompts debate

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - With just days to go before two of the city's most prestigious hospitals refuse to hire smokers, the ban has relit a debate about the wisdom of regulating workers' behavior away from the workplace. Full story

Surgery risks for smokers may dissipate after quitting

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking increases the risk for serious complications after major surgery, but former smokers who stop at least a year before going under the knife had risks close to those of never-smokers, according to a new study. Full story

E-cigarette study hints at quit-aid potential

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a trial of e-cigarettes among Italian smokers with no desire to quit using tobacco at the outset, up to 13 percent of participants were not smoking regular cigarettes at all a year later. Full story

Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

Smokers who wish to quit commonly use electronic cigarettes to help them, despite the lack of evidence that the devices work, a new study finds. Full story

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  Big Tobacco models disinformation, distraction strategy

Rachel Maddow describes how the tobacco industry used a citizen smoker front group to be the face of its lobbying in order to shield itself from the political fallout of its own deadly product.

  Study: smokers have shorter life expectancy than nonsmokers

Smokers lose at least one decade of life expectancy over non-smokers on average according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

  Study: Non-smokers live 10 years longer

A new study finds smokers can expect to die ten years earlier than non-smokers. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.

  Smokin' tips for quitting smoking

Dr. Cheryl Healton with the American Legacy Foundation offers tips for smokers trying to quit smoking. NBC's Erika Edwards has the report.

  Smokers need not apply

Businesses adapt no-smoker-employment policies as they try to curb health care costs and minimize workers’ time away from their desks. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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FILE - An unidentified 15-year-old girl, who said she has been smoking since she was 13, smokes a cigarette during lunch break in front of her high school in Brookline, Mass., Monday, Sept. 11, 2000. Although Americans are healthier, teen smoking is higher and so is teen-age drug use, nearly double

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Waldorf Astoria hotel culinary director David Garcelon uses a smoker to calm honey bees residing in hives on the hotel's 20th floor roof in New York, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The hotel, a favorite stopover for numerous presidents, plans to harvest its own honey and help pollinate plants in the skyscr