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The way public health experts see it, only good things will come of the state's movement toward raising the legal age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21, largely because it will place one more impediment in the way of youths who might be tempted to take up a dangerous habit. Andrew Osborne doesn't see it that way. Osborne, who owns the Vapor Trail Shop on So…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Rochester announced Friday that they have been awarded more than $19 million to create the first program in the nation dedicated to the study of flavored tobacco. “We’re really excited about initiating this work, because no one has ever looked at flavored tobacco in such a comprehensive and systematic way,” …

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Tobacco control measures have reduced overall smoking rates in the United States from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent by the middle of this decade, but a new American Cancer Society report says several vulnerable subpopulations continue to smoke at high rates. The populations include those in lower education and/or socioeconomic groups; from certain racial or ethnic gr…

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Mary Miller and her husband, Gerald, smoked since they got married almost 50 years ago. She has COPD; he died in May 2015 at age 65 – "from everything," Mary said. "He had open heart surgery. He had diabetes real bad. Then he got ductal cancer in his pancreas. By the time they found it, it was too late to do anything. He stopped smoking a month or so before he passed away …