- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 2, 2001

Bush spends holiday at ranch retreat

Smoking study tests if cutting back helps

If your New Year's resolution was to cut back on cigarettes this year, don't be too sure that will improve your health.

Cutting back vs. completely quitting is a hot new debate among tobacco specialists. Quit, and your body starts healing. But when heavy smokers refuse to quit, the theory is that helping them to smoke less surely is healthier than doing nothing.

Now one of the first studies to test that theory suggests just cutting back instead of quitting won't help your health.

It's a surprise finding and won't settle the controversy. But the Mayo Clinic's study which found levels of toxins in heavy smokers' bodies didn't decrease when they cut smoking in half is getting serious attention.

16-year-old arrested after family found dead

'Almost Famous' star marries rocker

LOS ANGELES "Almost Famous" actress Kate Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn, married rocker Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes on New Year's Eve.

The couple exchanged wedding vows during a ceremony in Aspen, Colo., Miss Hudson's spokesman Brad Cafarelli said yesterday.

Actor Kurt Russell, Miss Hawn's longtime boyfriend, gave away the bride.

Miss Hudson, 21, was nominated for a supporting actress Golden Globe for her role as a groupie in the film about '70s rock, "Almost Famous." Mr. Robinson, 34, is the Black Crowes' lead singer. The group had a hit in 1999 with "Only a Fool."

Johns questioned in prostitute deaths

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