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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Study Compares Effectiveness of Phone-Based and Web-Based Smoking Cessation Programs in Four States

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new analysis indicates that states' Web-based and phone-based tobacco cessation programs can help people quit smoking, but certain personal characteristics may lead individuals to prefer one ... read more

Mailed Nicotine Patches With No Behavioral Support Associated With Cessation

Jan. 25, 2016 — Mailing free nicotine patches to smokers without providing behavioral support was associated with higher rates of tobacco cessation than not offering the patches, according to an ... read more

Weight Loss, Quitting Smoking and Giving Up Alcohol May Be Aided by Hormones from Our Guts

Jan. 15, 2016 — Scientists are investigating whether an infusion of gut hormones could help people to stop over-eating, quit smoking, or give up alcohol. In the study, volunteers will have three infusions of ... read more

E-Cigarettes, as Used, Aren't Helping Smokers Quit, Study Shows

Jan. 14, 2016 — Electronic cigarettes are widely promoted and used to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a new analysis found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 percent less likely to ... read more

Flipping Molecular 'Switch' May Reduce Nicotine's Effects in the Brain

Jan. 13, 2016 — A lipid (fat molecule) in brain cells may act as a "switch" to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine, new research ... read more

Jan. 5, 2016 — New data shows how often state Medicaid programs provide help with smoking cessation. Smoking, the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States, puts a particularly heavy burden on ... read more

Plain Packaging Effective in Reducing Misperceptions of Tobacco Products Among Australian Indigenous

Dec. 29, 2015 — Following the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products in 2012, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 12 percent less likely to think certain tobacco brands were ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — A new study is the first to provide real-world evidence of the effectiveness of smoking warning labels that include graphic photos of the damage caused by regular tobacco ... read more

Periodontal Disease Associated With Increased Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Dec. 21, 2015 — Postmenopausal women with periodontal disease were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who did not have the chronic inflammatory disease. A history of smoking significantly affected the ... read more

Teens With Fewer Mental Health Issues Turn to E-Cigarettes

Dec. 18, 2015 — Teenagers with moderate mental health problems who may not have considered smoking conventional cigarettes are turning to electronic cigarettes, a new study has found. Today's teens perceive ... read more

Why Smoking Bans May Have Advantage Over Higher Tobacco Taxes

Dec. 17, 2015 — If governments want to discourage smoking among young people, both high taxes and smoking bans do the job – but bans may have one key advantage, say researchers. A first-of-its-kind American study ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — A new American survey shows decreasing use of a number of substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, prescription opioid pain relievers, and synthetic cannabinoids ('synthetic marijuana'). ... read more

Childhood Family Breakups Harder on Girls' Health, Study Reports

Dec. 14, 2015 — A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent research looks at overall health, depression, and smoking as a health-related behavior and finds that, for ... read more

Students Report High Levels of Hazardous Drinking, Survey Finds

Dec. 9, 2015 — Canada's longest-running study of drug use among Ontario students in Grades 7-12 shows binge drinking remains high, e-cigarettes are used more often than cigarettes, and more than 25 percent of ... read more

Chemicals in E-Cigarette Flavors Linked to Respiratory Disease

Dec. 8, 2015 — Diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by researchers. Two other ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — Two chemical signals, acetylcholine and glutamate, were known to act as part of the negative reward system that fuels craving, but it wasn't clear how this happened. In new experiments, ... read more

Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Fewer Infant Deaths

Dec. 1, 2015 — Higher taxes and prices for cigarettes are strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States, according to a new study. The association was stronger for African American ... read more

Hiding Tobacco Products at Convenience Stores Reduces Teens' Risk of Future Tobacco Use

Nov. 23, 2015 — A one-of-a-kind laboratory replica of a convenience store is the first to use a realistic setting to examine whether limiting displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in retail outlets can ... read more

Marked Decline in Retailer Compliance After Enactment of NYC's Tobacco 21 Law

Nov. 20, 2015 — In a study examining compliance with NYC's law increasing legal age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21, researchers found retailer compliance with ID checks significantly decreased since ... read more

New Study Assesses the Impact of Exposure to E-Cigarette Ads on Young Adults

Nov. 19, 2015 — Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may enhance curiosity and usage among young adults, according to a study. Promotional expenditures for e-cigarettes across all media channels have rapidly ... read more

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