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Dietitians say top New Year’s resolution of quitting smoking may cause weight gain, but do it anyway

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Of the 44 percent of American adults who said they would make a New Year’s resolution this year, 12 percent said they plan to quit smoking and 10 percent said they plan to lose weight, according to a Marist College poll. Since Kentucky has the nation’s second-highest smoking rate, 24.6 percent, and the seventh-highest obesity rate, 34.3 percent, both...

If quitting smoking is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here’s how to get started

Every Jan. 1, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. If you’re one of the nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. smokers who want to quit, why not add it to your list for 2015?   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is still the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused...

Overall cigarette smoking rate hits all-time low but remains high among certain groups

The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   That is the lowest prevalence of adult smoking since the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey began keeping such records in 1965. The report also shows the number of cigarette smokers dropped...

The New York Times reports from Clay Co., shows smoking hard to shake among poor

  Editor’s note: Today’s Wordless News, as seen on KyForward, is about a story in The New York Times titled, “Smoking Proves Hard to Shake Among the Poor.” The story centers on a new analysis of federal smoking data released Monday and zeroes in on smoking patterns in impoverished places such as Clay County in Eastern Kentucky. Here is an excerpt of the Times story.   By...