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Health Alert 4-9-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

April 9, 2012 - The Food and Drug Administration says it wants the tobacco industry to tell consumers about every harmful chemical in cigarettes. The agency also says any claims of a "reduced harm" product, such as smokeless tobacco, has to be backed up. There are more than seven thousand chemicals in tobacco products and the FDA says 93 of them are harmful. That list includes formaldehyde, nicotine and arsenic. There still has to be a public comment period, but the FDA wants the new packaging by April 2013.

Also, according to a new lab study, birth control pills may affect women's taste in men. Researchers with the study say women using hormonal contraceptives tend to fall for muscle-strapped, masculine men with high testosterone levels, but apparently, the attraction fades once the interaction turns into a relationship. The psychologist behind the study suggests women switch to nonhormonal contraceptives months before getting married to see if they still like being with their partner before saying "I do."


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