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Hard-hitting ads get credit in new U.S. push against smoking

Hard-hitting ads featuring first-person stories from former smokers prompted more than 200,000 Americans to immediately give up tobacco, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in a study published Monday. Half that number are likely to stay off tobacco forever, according to the study that appeared in British medical journal…

Health officials: Feces found in almost 60 percent of public pools

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are advising swimmers at public pools nationwide to be extra careful, after finding that nearly 60 percent of pools in the Atlanta area tested positive for traces of fecal matter. CBS News reported on Thursday that the CDC found the bacteria Escherichia…

“Abstinence only” doesn’t work. No, really!

I’ve been hearing all over the place that the Centers for Disease Control are reporting that teen pregnancy rates have dropped like crazy, to their lowest levels since 1946: “There has been a phenomenal drop in the last two years,” said report lead author Brady Hamilton, a statistician with the…

Study: U.S. teens opting for pot over booze, cigarettes

Use of two of the most deadly and addictive substances known to man is on the downswing among American teens as they increasingly turn to marijuana, a study published Thursday claimed. Among high school seniors, marijuana use is at a 30-year high, with 1 in 15 saying they use the…

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