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Smoking: How It Primes the Brain for Addiction

Sara Bellum
January 24, 2012

More people understand now the harmful effects that smoking has on the body as well as the addictive effects of nicotine. Read More »

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Does Smoking on TV Influence You?

Sara Bellum
January 12, 2012

The Government banned cigarette commercials on television in 1970 after the 1964 Surgeon General’s report found that smoking cigarettes increased your chances of getting lung cancer.  This was a big deal, considering the strong Read More »

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of NIDA

How Many Teens Actually Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs?

Sara Bellum
January 05, 2012

How Many Teens Actually Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs? Read More »

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Smoking Stinks!

Sara Bellum
October 12, 2011

You probably know that smoking is NOT cool—and that it’s really dangerous, too. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and kills nearly a half a million people each year. Read More »

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Cigarettes Versus the Scale

Sara Bellum
August 30, 2011

Have you ever heard friends say they’d like to quit smoking, but they are afraid they’ll gain weight if they stop? Read More »