This cancer survivor smokes a cigarette on his boat in Newport Beach. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Even cancer isn’t enough to get many smokers to quit, study finds

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There’s nothing like a serious health scare to convince smokers to kick the habit, but new research finds that nearly 1 in 10 cancer survivors is still smoking nine years after their diagnosis. The 9.3% smoking rate among American cancer survivors is about half as high a...

Alabama has second-highest rate of tobacco use among high school students, and this could be why

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Alabama is near the bottom in spending to prevent tobacco use among children. At the same time, its high school students report the second-highest rate of tobacco use nationwide. Nearly three in 10 Alabama high school students say they use tobacco. Only West Virginia has a higher...

What Ails Appalachia Ails The Nation:

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APPALACHIAN KENTUCKY’S POOR HEALTH Appalachian Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest regions in the nation, ranking poorly on numerous health measures. Some experts worry what’s happening there could be a harbinger of what is in store for the USA as a whole if...

CDC director explains what he hates about electronic cigarettes

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Of all the threats to Americans’ health — a list that includes bird flu, measles and West Nile virus — few get Dr. Tom Frieden as riled up as electronic cigarettes. As director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Frieden has a ready-made platform for...