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Combo Approach May Work Best for Smokers Looking to Quit

Posted 8 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 – Combining two anti-smoking approaches – the medication Chantix and nicotine patches – improves the odds you'll quit smoking over the short term, a new industry-funded study suggests. "The combination appears to be safe, although further studies are needed to confirm this," said Dr. Coenie Koegelenberg, an associate professor of pulmonology with Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital in South Africa. Although the dual treatment costs more than either agent separately, Koegelenberg said the drugs typically aren't used for long and will reduce overall health costs if smokers succeed in quitting. Chantix, known by the generic name varenicline, appears to help people stop smoking by interfering with the way that nicotine stimulates the brain. However, smokers who take Chantix may be at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke compared to those who ... Read more

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Nicotine Poisoning of Infant Highlights 'E-Cig' Dangers, Docs Report

Posted 7 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 – The story of a 10-month-old boy rushed to a hospital after ingesting the refill liquid used in e-cigarettes spotlights an emerging safety issue, the doctors who treated him say. The child recovered. But the consequences of children accidently consuming the nicotine in these refill vials can easily become tragic, Dr. Robert Bassett, of Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and two colleagues report in the May 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Just "one teaspoon of a 1.8 percent nicotine solution could be lethal" to a 200-pound person, the doctors pointed out. The recent rise in such poisonings among children, tied to the surging popularity of e-cigarettes, highlights "the need to educate patients and parents about this danger and advocate for measures that will help prevent potentially fatal liquid nicotine poisoning of infants and young ... Read more

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Nicotine in E-Cigarettes a Growing Public Health Threat, CDC Says

Posted 3 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 – The number of calls to poison control centers for nicotine poisoning from e-cigarettes has risen dramatically in recent years, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Calls related to poisoning from the liquid nicotine used in these devices were running at a rate of roughly one a month in 2010, but jumped to 215 in February of this year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even more troubling, more than half (51 percent) of the poison calls involved children aged 5 and younger, while 42 percent involved people aged 20 and older. "The time has come to start thinking about what we can do to keep this from turning into an even worse public health problem," said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. He added that many people are not aware that liquid nicotine is toxic. "We need to make sure we can avert ... Read more

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Nicotine Patches Don't Help Pregnant Women Quit Smoking: Study

Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 – Nicotine patches don't seem to help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study has found. The study included 402 pregnant women in France who smoked at least five cigarettes a day. The women, who were 12 to 20 weeks' pregnant, were randomly selected to use either 16-hour nicotine patches or inactive placebo patches until they gave birth. The study participants also received counseling to help them quit smoking and were assessed monthly. Only 5.5 percent of the women in the nicotine patch group and 5.1 percent of those in the placebo group quit smoking entirely, the investigators reported in the March 11 online edition of the BMJ. The researchers also found that women in the nicotine patch group had significantly higher blood pressure than those in the placebo group. This suggests that future studies looking at nicotine replacement therapy in pregnant smokers ... Read more

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A Guide to Smoking-Cessation Options

Posted 3 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 – People who want to quit smoking cigarettes no longer have to suffer through cold-turkey withdrawal. A number of options now exist, and though most have some side effects, experts generally believe that the benefits of quitting smoking far exceed the risks posed by side effects. Current options include: Nicotine replacement therapy A variety of nicotine replacement products have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They include the nicotine patch, gum, inhaler, lozenges and nasal spray, according to Hilary Tindle, director of the Tobacco Treatment Service at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Patches, gum and lozenges do not require a prescription. A doctor's prescription is necessary for nasal spray or the inhaler, according to the American Cancer Society. Medications Two medications can help smokers quit. One is bupropion (marketed ... Read more

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Quit-Smoking Products Won't Harm the Heart, Review Finds

Posted 9 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 – There's good news for people trying to quit smoking: Aids such as nicotine gums and patches or smoking cessation drugs such as Chantix won't harm the heart. The new findings may ease concerns that some products that help people "butt out" may pose a threat to heart health, the researchers noted. One expert said patients sometimes wonder about the safety of certain products. "Patients are often concerned that nicotine replacement therapies, such as the nicotine gum or patch, will harm them," said Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, a smoking cessation specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "However in most situations, patients are getting more nicotine from their smoking habit than from nicotine replacement when not smoking." The results "should give reassurance to smokers trying to quit with nicotine replacement therapy, as well as health care ... Read more

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Nicotine Addiction Level May Predict Weight Gain in Ex-Smokers

Posted 22 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 – Smokers with a serious nicotine addiction are more likely to gain weight than folks who are less addicted when they try to quit, even if they use nicotine replacement therapy, according to a new study by Japanese researchers. The people who quit smoking as part of the study gained an average 2.4 pounds over three months, even though they received support from nicotine patches or the oral medication varenicline (Chantix), which blocks the effect of nicotine on the brain, doctors from Kyoto Medical Center reported in the August issue of PLoS One. But those smokers with a heavy nicotine addiction experienced three times more weight gain than smokers who were less addicted, the researchers found. This finding is not unexpected, given that nicotine both suppresses food cravings and increases a person's metabolism, said Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer for the ... Read more

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Genes Might Help Some Smokers Kick the Habit

Posted 31 May 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 31 – Smokers' genes may help predict whether they'll respond to drug treatments for nicotine addiction, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,000 smokers in community-based studies and a clinical treatment study and found that the same gene variations that make it difficult to stop smoking also increase the chances that heavy smokers will respond to nicotine-replacement therapy and drugs that reduce the craving for nicotine. "People with the high-risk genetic markers smoked an average of two years longer than those without these high-risk genes, and they were less likely to quit smoking without medication," study first author Dr. Li-Shiun Chen, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a university news release. "The same gene variants can predict a person's response to smoking-cessation ... Read more

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Helpline, Free Nicotine Patches Don't Help Smokers Quit: Study

Posted 23 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 23 – Offering smokers free nicotine patches and telephone counseling does not improve their chances of quitting, according to a new study. The study included nearly 2,600 smokers who called the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) smoking helpline over the course of a year. The participants were randomly assigned to one of four groups: Advice on quitting and access to the helpline, considered the "standard" treatment. Advice and free nicotine-replacement therapy. More intensive support, including scheduled telephone support from helpline staff. Both intensive support and free nicotine-replacement therapy. The researchers checked in with the participants six months after they reported quitting smoking. Researchers were able to reach 59 percent of all participants, and found that 19 percent of them were still smoke-free. It was assumed that those who couldn't be ... Read more

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Nicotine Patches May Not Help During Pregnancy

Posted 29 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29 – Nicotine patches don't seem to be of much use in helping pregnant women quit smoking, a new study finds. Dr. Tim Coleman, of the Centre for Tobacco Control Studies at the University of Nottingham in England, and colleagues assigned 1,050 women who were 12 to 24 weeks pregnant to one of two groups. Members of one group received behavioral smoking cessation support and wore a nicotine patch, while the other group received the counseling but wore a patch that looked like the real thing but did not contain nicotine. Women given the active nicotine patch had higher quit rates (about 21 percent) during the first month of the study than women in the placebo group (nearly 12 percent). But by delivery, both groups' quit rates were about the same – 9.4 percent for those wearing the real patch and 7.6 percent for those wearing the look-alike, not a statistically significant ... Read more

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Mom's Nicotine Patch May Raise Baby's Risk for Colic

Posted 20 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20 – Infants of mothers who smoke or use nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy are more likely to have colic, a new study finds. Colicky babies cry inconsolably for several hours a day, and researchers in the Netherlands found that exposure to nicotine – either from cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy – was associated with a significantly increased risk of colic, ranging from 30 to 60 percent. "The theory is that there are nicotine receptors in the GI [gastrointestinal] system and nicotine receptors that alter serotonin, and these alterations affect the babies after birth, causing colic," Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said. Serotonin is believed to promote feelings of well-being. The researchers looked at data on interviews with more than 63,000 mothers included in the Danish National Birth Cohort. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Chewing Tobacco Harms Oral Health

Posted 13 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Chewing tobacco contains at least 28 toxins that are known to cause cancer, the American Dental Association says. The association mentions these potential oral health problems that can be caused by chewing tobacco: Increased risk of oral cancer. Increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease, possibly causing tooth loss and tooth sensitivity. Difficulty healing after a dental procedure. Limited treatment options for dental care, such as a dental implant. Staining of the teeth and tongue, as well as bad breath. Reduced ability to taste and smell. Read more

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Could Nicotine Patches Help Stave Off Memory Loss?

Posted 9 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9 – New research suggests that the nicotine patches used by people trying to quit smoking could serve an unexpected purpose: They appear to counteract mild memory loss in older patients. The research is preliminary and only involved a few dozen subjects. There's also the matter of expense: While they're available over the counter, patches may cost several dollars a day. Still, "nicotine treatment may be a way to improve people's symptoms and maybe extend their ability to do all of those cognitive things we need to do," said study author Dr. Paul Newhouse, director of the Center for Cognitive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "We're hoping to pursue this with a much larger group." This isn't the first time researchers have tried to analyze connections between the brain and nicotine. In the 1980s, Newhouse and others discovered through autopsies that the ... Read more

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Nicotine Patches, Gums Won't Help Smokers Quit Long-Term: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9 – Nicotine patches and nicotine gum – the popular mainstays of so-called "nicotine replacement therapy" – don't help many smokers kick the habit and remain cigarette-free over the long haul, new research suggests. This conclusion is based on results of several surveys conducted among nearly 800 adult smokers that revealed that those who used nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) did not gain any advantage over non-users in terms of relapse rates. This observation held up among both heavy and light smokers, regardless of whether or not nicotine replacement therapy was accompanied by professional cessation counseling. "Even though other well-controlled studies have shown that nicotine replacement therapy can be effective, our study looked at real-world use over the long-term," said study lead author Hillel Alpert, a research scientist with the Harvard School of Public ... Read more

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Patches, Counseling, Persistence Can Help Smokers Quit

Posted 28 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28 – Quitting smoking isn't easy for most people but medication and counseling can help them succeed, according to the results of two new studies. In the first of the two reports published in the Nov. 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a team led by Dr. Anne Joseph, co-leader of the Prevention & Etiology Research Program at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, tried helping people by keeping in touch with them and reminding them to quit smoking. "We looked at a model that treated smoking as a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes," Joseph said. "We know that using a combination of behavioral therapy and medication therapy, people do better than quitting on their own," she said. For the study, more than 400 smokers received counseling over the phone along with nicotine replacement therapy (such as patches, gums, lozenges) ... Read more

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