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Scientists Closer to Drug That Cuts Nicotine Dependence

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Researchers say they've created an enzyme that might one day reduce nicotine cravings in smokers. The scientists gave the enzyme to nicotine-dependent rats and found it broke down nicotine in the bloodstream before it could reach the brain. This quickly reduced the rats' nicotine dependence. It also prevented them from relapsing when they again had access to nicotine, ...

AHA: Why It's So Hard to Quit Smoking

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The science behind why it's so difficult to quit smoking is crystal clear: Nicotine is addictive – reportedly as addictive as cocaine or heroin. Yet any adult can stroll into a drug store and buy a pack of cigarettes, no questions asked. "From a scientific standpoint, nicotine is just as hard, or harder, to quit than heroin but people ...

Hip-Hop Loaded With Pot, Cigarette References

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Hip-hop music videos are rife with use of marijuana, e-cigarettes and traditional smokes, perhaps enticing young viewers to light up, researchers say. "While there is no doubt that hip-hop artists have made many positive contributions to social change – speaking out on issues like police violence against minorities – there's also a history of showing regulated ...

E-Cigs Continue to Spark Debate Over Health Risks/Benefits

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – With sales of electronic cigarettes skyrocketing, Americans remain divided on whether the devices are a boon or a threat to public health. That's the main finding of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll that surveyed over 2,000 adults on their e-cigarette views. Vaping has long been promoted as a way to help smokers kick the habit – offering them a route to get nicotine ...

Health Tip: Manage Cravings After You Quit Smoking

Posted 14 days ago by

-- The health benefits of quitting smoking have been well documented. But many people put it off, fearing the inevitable cravings. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests how to manage cravings: Keep your hands busy, such as by sorting the mail or washing the dishes. Prepare healthy snacks in the morning to have them ready throughout the day. Chew sugar-free gum. Discover a new ...

Smoking Seems to Weaken the Immune System: Study

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TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – The list of health risks linked to smoking continues to grow. A small study reports that, aside from lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, cigarette smokers also have weakened immune systems affecting their dental health. Scientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that smoking reduces the ability of pulp inside teeth to fight ...

Sales of Juul E-Cigarettes Skyrocket

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TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – In just a year, sales of Juul electronic cigarettes jumped 641 percent, a new U.S. government study shows. The slim devices are especially popular among youth, and in recent months the Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to curb their use. But Juul sales rose from 2.2 million in 2016 to 16.2 million in 2017, according to the new report from the Centers for ...

More Evidence That E-Cig Use Leads to Smoking

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TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Teens who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes and to eventually increase their use of both products, another study suggests. But the researchers also found that increased use of both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes over time is not linked with other factors such as alcohol or marijuana use. The study included more than 2,000 ...

FDA Ad Campaign Hopes to Extinguish E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a new ad campaign aimed at curbing rampant e-cigarette use among American teens. Just last week, the agency announced a crackdown on companies that make e-cigarettes and stores that sell the products illegally to minors. The companies have 60 days to come up with plans to stop those sales or the FDA said it will ...

AHA: More Work Needed to Curb Smoking Among Certain Groups

Posted 13 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Melvin Stubbs knows smoking cigarettes could give him heart disease, lung cancer or kill him. He said his habit hurts his wife and parents, who often urge him to quit. "That's one thing I struggle with on a daily basis," said Stubbs, 38, a smoker for almost two decades. "You know if you don't stop how many loved ones will be upset if ...

FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to minors. More than 1,200 warning letters and fines have been sent to retailers and five major e-cigarette manufacturers who illegally sold Juul devices, which ...

Juuls Pack Same Nicotine Punch as Cigarettes

Posted 11 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 – Juuls, the latest craze in vaping, deliver levels of nicotine that nearly match what is inhaled with tobacco cigarettes, a new study finds. Not only do these e-cigarette devices contain high levels of nicotine, they deliver it in a form that makes it easier for the body to absorb, the researchers said. Juuls, which look much like computer flash drives, and similar ...

AHA: Nicotine Patch Safe for Smokers Hospitalized With Heart Trouble

Posted 7 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Nicotine replacement therapy appears to be a safe option for smokers hospitalized for heart disease, even for critically ill patients on their first day, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings will encourage doctors to prescribe nicotine patches or other replacement therapies more often during a window when patients are most ...

AHA: Why More Americans Are Kicking the Smoking Habit

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – More and more Americans are putting out their cigarettes – for good. The overall cigarette smoking rate among U.S. adults has hit an all-time low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary data from the National Health Interview Survey showed that smoking rates declined from 15.5 percent in 2016 to 13.9 ...

Monitoring System for Underage Tobacco Sales Falls Short: Study

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – The way that U.S. regulators try to find stores that illegally sell tobacco products to minors doesn't work, a new study contends. The approach involves an undercover minor trying to make a single attempt at a store to buy tobacco products. In this study, researchers hired minors and monitored them as they tried to buy tobacco products in 201 randomly chosen stores in ...

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