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Proceed To Article $144.8 Billion In Punitive Damages Awarded To Florida Smokers
In the largest damage award in United States history, a jury in Miami-Dade County ordered the tobacco industry today to pay $144.8 billion in punitive damages to some half million Florida smokers. Does the verdict mean forced smoking cessation for the world's smokers? More...

Proceed To Article Fact Sheet: Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer—or cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 56,300 Americans will die of colorectal cancer in 2000. More...

Proceed To Article Screening For Colorectal Cancer
Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for all persons aged 50 and older with annual fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), or sigmoidoscopy, or both. There is insufficient evidence to determine which of these screening methods is preferable or whether the combination of FOBT and sigmoidoscopy produces greater benefits than does either test alone. More...
Proceed To Article The AHCPR Smoking Cessation Guideline
The negative health effects of tobacco use are legion, claiming over 400,000 lives in the United States each year, and many more in the rest of the world. Although tobacco use is surprisingly high in prevalence, and opportunities for clinical intervention are frequent, health care clinicians have not historically intervened in a consistent and effective manner with their patients who smoke. Until quite recently, only half of the smokers interviewed in primary care clinics reported that a clinician had asked about their smoking, and of those, only a very small number were given advice and assistance in quitting. More...

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