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Smoking rates continue to decline among U.S. adults

Cost, access and awareness all contribute to drop in smoking rates

The number of adults in the United States who currently smoke is 14.9%, according to new government statistics from the first half of this year.

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Maryland strengthens effort to keep retailers from selling tobacco to minors

DHMH providing free retailer-compliance education as part of broader campaign

Though it is illegal to sell tobacco products to youths under 18, in the past two years, Maryland has seen a troubling increase in the number of retailers selling tobacco products to minors – in violation of federal, state and local laws. Underage access to tobacco products is unacceptable in Maryland.

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Quitting smoking relies on stronger brain networks

The same regions of the brain involved in reward and behavior control could affect smoking and alcoholism

Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows the mind games required to resist cravings and tolerate withdrawal headaches and lethargy. A new study suggests that some hopeful quitters are just more mentally equipped to handle the challenge than others.

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CVS stores to stop selling tobacco

It's the first chain of national pharmacies to stop selling tobacco

Want to pick up a pack of cigarettes with your prescription refill? A major U.S. pharmacy chain is breaking that habit.