Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.
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As part of the ongoing effort to get smokers to kick their habits:
– The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week released images of the warning labels that will be placed on cigarette packs by September 2012. The images are intentionally gross and disturbing—one shows a corpse. See them all at www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteWarningLabels/default.htm
– In the UK, researchers reported this week that daily text messages can help people quit. Not ordinary text messages, though—these are quick notes providing encouragement and facts designed to help people resist the urge to light up. (No LOLing, in other words!) The research about the txt2stop program was published in the Lancet, at lancet.com. You can also read about it in a short story at latimes.com, in the Los Angeles Times’ health section.