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US Adult Smoking Rate Falls to 18 Percent">US Adult Smoking Rate Falls to 18 Percent

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking rates are down again. For the first time, the number of American adults who smoke has dipped below 18 percent, or about 42 million people. For years, the nation's smoking rate had stalled at around 20 percent. Smoking is still the United States' leading cause of preventable illness. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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The Fire-Safety Tips You Should Be Keeping in Mind This Thanksgiving

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The kitchen is where the holiday meal magic happens, but it can also be a danger zone, especially on Thanksgiving. Steven McGill, the battalion chief of Engine Company 9 in Jersey City, New Jersey, said Thanksgiving is typically the most dangerous day of the year. “Everybody’s cooking in the kitchen and it’s one of the few days where almost everyone is preparing a meal,” he said. “The house is more congested than normal. … So you have to control the flow in your kitchen ...
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Why Your Older Brother Still Gives You Noogies on Thanksgiving

Tanya Constantine/Blend Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s only natural for adults to slip back into their childhood personas when they get together with family, said Dr. Joe Shrand, a psychiatrist and medical director of the CASTLE treatment center in Brockton, Massachusetts."You develop patterns of behavior within the family hierarchy that are a way of jockeying for attention without directly competing in the same way," he said. "These patterns don’t just go away when you grow up and move away from home."Whether you're the CEO of a large...
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Why the Thanksgiving Turkey Isn’t What It Used to Be

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The turkeys the pilgrims probably encountered when they stepped off the boat were of the wild variety. They were long, lean and somewhat gamey from a life of foraging and fleeing predators.As for the large-breasted, plump-limbed Thanksgiving turkey we enjoy today, it's a triumph of modern technology.In the late 1920s, breeders began tinkering with domesticated turkeys, which still resembled their wild cousins, so that they matured faster and grew larger. The nickname for one popular breed was “bronze Mae West,” according to...
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