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Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 – The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help. The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also included automated phone calls that helped them manage their medications, encouraged their efforts to quit and tracked whether they might need more anti-smoking counseling. The study suggests that hospitalization – a time when smoking isn't allowed – "can be used as an opportunity for a lasting intervention for healthier living," said Dr. Peter Spiegler, director of the medical intensive care unit at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. He was not involved in the new research. The study included almost 400 patients and was led by Dr. Nancy Rigotti, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Patients averaged 53 years of age, and all said ... Read more

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Tough Laws Continue to Target Tobacco Sales to Minors

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 – Only about 10 percent of inspected stores across the United States illegally sold tobacco products to minors during 2013, a U.S. government report says. That is half the 20 percent target rate set by a national and state effort called the Synar Amendment program to end illegal tobacco sales to youth. And it's well below the highest violation rate of nearly 73 percent reported when the program was implemented 16 years ago. The Synar program requires states and federal jurisdictions to create laws and enforcement programs to prevent the sale and distribution of tobacco products to people younger than 18. For the eighth year in a row, all states met their Synar program goals and 10 states had retailer violation rates of less than 5 percent, according to the report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Thirty-four states ... Read more

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Many Doctors Recommend E-Cigarettes as Anti-Smoking Aid, Survey Finds

Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 – E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere these days, and a new study finds many U.S. doctors recommending them to smokers as a way to kick the tobacco habit. "Even in the absence of evidence regarding the health impact of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, a third of physicians we surveyed are recommending e-cigarettes to their patients to help quit smoking," study co-author Leah Ranney, associate director of the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program at the University of North Carolina, said in a university news release. The researchers cautioned, however, that more research is needed to determine if e-cigarettes are safe and if they actually help people to stop smoking. E-cigarettes work by turning various concentrations of nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals into a vapor that can be inhaled – a process also known as "vaping." Most of the nicotine in ... Read more

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Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds

Posted 30 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 – Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn't warranted based on current evidence, a team of researchers says. On the contrary, allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the researchers concluded after reviewing 81 prior studies on the use and safety of the nicotine-emitting devices. "Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes and are considered a step toward ending all tobacco and nicotine use," said study researcher Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The study, partly funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was published July 30 in the journal Addiction. Whether e-cigarettes ... Read more

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Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study

Posted 29 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 – Quitting smoking is harder for people with depression, according to a new review. Depression can make it more difficult to ride out the anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that come with trying to quit cold turkey, scientists found. But extra exercise – even just a walk – could help people quit faster, they said. "The review should be seen as a call to arms," the study's co-author, Gregory Moullec, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of exercise science at Concordia University in Montreal, said in a university news release. The study's first author, Paquito Bernard, of the University of Montpellier in France, added that he hopes the findings will alert researchers and clinicians to the "promising role of exercise in the treatment of both depression and smoking cessation." Nearly 20 percent of adults in North America are regular smokers, although this ... Read more

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Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk

Posted 16 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 – Smoking may increase a person's risk for suicide, but high cigarette taxes and smoking restrictions in public places lower that risk, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that smokers are more likely to take their own lives than nonsmokers. This difference was attributed to the fact that smoking is common among people with psychiatric disorders, who have higher suicide rates. However, this new study suggests that smoking itself may increase suicide risk and that efforts to reduce smoking may lead to lower suicide rates. "Our analysis showed that each dollar increase in cigarette taxes was associated with a 10 percent decrease in suicide risk," study leader Richard Grucza, associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a university news release. "Indoor smoking bans also were associated with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Quit Smoking, Especially While Pregnant

Posted 14 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

-- If you're pregnant or trying, you've probably been told not to smoke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains how smoking can affect pregnancy: Being a smoker can make getting pregnant more difficult, and can increase the risk of miscarriage. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to problems with the placenta, which is baby's source of nourishment and oxygen during pregnancy. Smoking may lead to low birth weight or premature birth. Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects. Smoking while pregnant and after birth can increase the risk of SIDS. Read more

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Lung Groups: Governments Should Limit or Ban Use of E-Cigarettes

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – Governments should ban or limit the use of electronic cigarettes until more is known about their health effects, say experts from the world's leading lung organizations. The position statement was issued Wednesday by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), which includes more than 70,000 members worldwide. "The gravity of tobacco use on global health and the historical behavior of the tobacco industry that has included deceit about the health effects of tobacco, intentional marketing to children and manipulating nicotine levels in cigarettes to maintain addiction should prompt us to proceed cautiously," statement author Dr. Dean Schraufnagel, past president of the American Thoracic Society, said in a society news release. "Nicotine is central to lifelong addiction, and [e-cigarettes] are nicotine-delivery devices," he added. The safety of ... Read more

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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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Quitting Smokeless Tobacco May Boost Survival After Heart Attack

Posted 23 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 – A new study suggests that heart attack patients who stop using snus – a specific type of moist chewing tobacco that is popular in Sweden – could greatly reduce their risk of dying within a couple years. The findings don't directly prove that stopping the use of this type of smokeless tobacco actually affects cardiac health, and ethical constraints may prevent researchers from ever understanding the full value of quitting. There are other caveats, and it's not clear that quitting the main kinds of smokeless tobacco used in the United States would have the same potential effect. Still, the study "indicates that quitting snus use after a heart attack might be as equally beneficial as quitting smoking after a heart attack," said study author Dr. Gabriel Arefalk, a cardiologist at Uppsala University Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden. The health risks of smokeless tobacco ... Read more

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Text Messages May Double Smoker's Odds of Quitting

Posted 8 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 – Text messages providing tips, reminders and advice can help smokers quit, according to a new study. Researchers found that this type of cellphone program doubles the chances that a smoker will kick the habit. "Text messages seem to give smokers the constant reminders they need to stay focused on quitting," said the study's lead author, Lorien Abroms. She is an associate professor of prevention and community health at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, in Washington D.C. "However, additional studies must be done to confirm this result and to look at how these programs work when coupled with other established anti-smoking therapies," she said in a university news release. Traditional methods to help people stop smoking include phone counseling and nicotine replacement therapies. The study's authors pointed out that research ... Read more

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Among New Smokers, Teen Boys More Likely to Quit Than Girls: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 – Teen boys who recently started smoking are more likely to quit than teen girls. And, both boys and girls who are frightened by cigarette warning labels or play team sports are more likely to quit, new research shows. The study included 620 boys and girls in Montreal, aged 12 and 13, who had recently started smoking at least occasionally. Just over 40 percent of the teens said their parents smoked, nearly 90 percent had friends who smoked and about 80 percent said they often saw their teachers or other school staff smoking. Over the five-year study period, 40 percent of the teens quit smoking. Boys were 80 percent more likely to quit than girls, and older teens were 30 percent more likely to quit than younger ones, the investigators found. Teens who said cigarette warning labels scared them were 44 percent more likely to quit, and those who played team sports ... Read more

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Viewing E-Cigarette Use May Keep Smokers From Quitting

Posted 29 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 – When young smokers see someone "vape" a smokeless e-cigarette, it may help trigger the urge to smoke a traditional cigarette, a new study finds. "There could be effects of being in the company of an e-cigarette user, particularly for young smokers," study author Andrea King, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago, said in a statement provided by the university. "For example, it's possible that seeing e-cigarette use may promote more smoking behavior and less quitting," she said. In the study, 60 young adult smokers took part in what they thought was a study about social interactions. An actor talked to them while smoking an e-cigarette or regular cigarette, and then the participants were tested about their urge to smoke. Watching someone else smoke an e-cigarette boosted the urge to smoke a regular cigarette at about ... Read more

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Fewer Americans Believe E-Cigs Safer Than Tobacco Cigarettes: Study

Posted 25 May 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 – As they learn more about electronic cigarettes, American smokers are becoming less likely to believe that the devices are a safer choice than tobacco cigarettes, a new study finds. In 2010, nearly 85 percent of smokers believed e-cigarettes were less dangerous than traditional cigarettes, but that dropped to 65 percent of smokers in 2013, researchers report in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "This apparent decline in smokers' beliefs about reduced harm of e-cigarettes compared with regular cigarettes is perplexing against the background of advertising and media messages touting e-cigarettes as safer alternatives and cessation aids," study co-investigator Cabral Bigman, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in a journal news release. "One possible explanation is that the increased media attention over the lack ... Read more

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Can E-Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Posted 20 May 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 – A new study by British researchers suggests that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. The study found that people who wanted to quit smoking were about 60 percent more likely to succeed if they used e-cigarettes compared to would-be quitters who tried an anti-smoking nicotine patch or gum. "It appears, at least for some people, e-cigarettes are a viable method of quitting that looks comparable to, if not better than, traditional nicotine replacement therapy," said Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, who had no part in the study. The same 60 percent statistic held when the study authors compared the use of e-cigarettes as a quit-smoking aid to people who tried to quit using willpower alone. Smoking is a notoriously tough habit to beat, however, and quit rates were still low: Only ... Read more

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