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Have Higher Cigarette Taxes Driven People to Smoke Pipes and Cigars? — Dollars and Sense

Three years ago, a federal act meant to help reduce the number of people who smoke greatly increased the tax rates for cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and small cigars, counting on the fact that making smoking more expensive would prompt people to quit.

And while it may have caused some to do so, the move had an unintended effect: sales of pipe tobacco and large cigars, which aren’t taxed quite as harshly, have boomed.

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What Disease Could Be Making a Surprise Comeback?

Thought to be eliminated in the US since 2000, the number of measles cases spiked last year to 222, the highest number in 15 years. Not surprisingly, the majority of those affected did not receive the measles vaccine, said a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Use of Dangerous Synthetic Marijuana Growing — How Concerned Should You Be?

Synthetic marijuana use is on the rise and it’s got anti-drug activists and the legalization movement concerned. Health experts claim fake pot is a chemical cocktail that produces a similar — and legal — high, but is far more dangerous than the real thing.

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What Ingredient Is Making Fast Food Taste Different in the US Than in Other Countries?

Foods in foreign lands are often different than what US residents typically eat, but even the fare at decidedly American chains like McDonald’s or Burger King may not taste the same — and now a new study reveals why.

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Controversial K-E Diet Promises Brides Extreme Weight Loss Via Feeding Tube — Is It Safe?

All brides-to-be want to look great on their wedding day, but some are taking this to the extreme with a controversial new diet that involves a feeding tube to promote rapid weight loss.

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Why Are Kids Playing ‘The Choking Game’?

Kids have always been good at inventing their own playground games.

One game, however, has proven to be quite dangerous for the little guys and gals. It goes by a dozen different names, but it can best be described as the ‘choking game.’

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Officials Join Forces To Keep Social Security Office In Rome Open

Rome, NY (WIBX) - After the Social Security Administration office in Rome announced plans to close and relocate to Utica, several high ranking officials teamed up to stop it from happening.

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NYS Below National Average For Teen Pregnancy

New York, NY (WIBX) - A new report by the Centers for Disease Control just out today, shows a more than 40-percent decline in teen birth rates all across the country.

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Why Is European Airline Ryanair Asking Flight Attendants to Lose Weight?

European budget airline Ryanair has vowed to avoid the fuel surcharges many of its competitors are now passing on to passengers, so it’s instituted a variety of measures to reduce the gas required for each trip. Among them? Asking flight attendants to lose weight.

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How Does Your County Rank in Overall Health?

This year’s County Health Rankings, which size up the relative health of people in more than 3,000 US counties, was released Tuesday. And although each county was only compared to others within the same state, there are some interesting and revealing general findings.

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