Category Archives: Tobacco News

Why Is Smoking Addictive? It’s Probably Not Just Nicotine, Despite What We’ve Been Told For Years

By Peter Sergo October 24, 2013 / Medical Daily / Auckland, New Zealand – When we think about smoking’s addictive qualities, the culprit that most often comes to mind is the infamous stimulant, nicotine. The plethora of patches and chewing gums available on store shelves that are meant to dull that itch attest to how nicotine […]

Electronic Cigarettes: No Adverse Effects on Coronary Microcirculation

August 31, 2013 / Medscape / AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — Authors of a small study looking at the microcirculatory effects of electronic cigarettes say their findings offer more early reassurances of safety for the newfangled devices, given that long-term studies on hard end points will be a long time coming[1]. “This study adds to currently […]

Gene influences success of nicotine replacement therapy in smokers

October 17, 2013 / Washington University in St. Louis / — A gene that controls how quickly smokers process nicotine also predicts whether people who try to kick the habit are likely to respond to nicotine replacement therapy, a new study shows. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin […]

Duke nicotine research conference examines tobacco addiction

October 12, 2013 / The Herald Sun / Durham, NC — Studies for decades have linked the cravings of cigarette smokers to nicotine. But researchers are beginning to pick apart the more than 4,000 other substances found in tobacco to find other clues regarding addiction. The Duke Nicotine Research Conference, in its 19th year, brought […]

Tobacco, Nicotine & Cessation – Not all are equal

As the debate about e-cigarettes grows, one of the side notes is the more commonly drawn distinction between smoking cessation and nicotine cessation.  This separation of smoking and nicotine is an important one for the public policy and health advocates.  It provides a reasonable rationale for regulating e-cigarettes more favorably than cigarettes and other combustible […]

Risk for Nicotine Addiction Tied to Mother’s Childbirth Stress

October 8, 2013 / / — A new study suggests that if you are female, the stress your mother experienced while giving birth can increase your risk of nicotine addiction. Researchers followed more than 1,000 pairs of mothers and their adult children for 40 years. They discovered adult women whose mothers had increased levels of stress […]

FDA, NIH Create 14 Centers to Do Tobacco Research

By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM AP Tobacco Writer September 19, 2013 / Associated Press / Richmond VA — The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health are awarding millions in funding to create 14 centers to conduct research on tobacco products. Officials said Thursday that the agencies have awarded up to $53 million for […]

Why Nicotine is So Addictive

July 31, 2013 / Business Insider / — When someone says a substance is addictive, they can mean two separate things. Physically addictive, more accurately physically dependent, is when your body begins to depend on the presence of a particular substance for its physical well being. It’s begun compensating its normal processes to adjust for […]

Pregnancy smoking hurts reading ability

November 27, 2012 / Yale Daily News / — New research out of the Yale School of Medicine is the first to link prenatal nicotine exposure with impaired reading skills, the most recent finding in a large body of literature urging mothers not to smoke while pregnant. Study authors analyzed more than 5,000 young children […]

A nation clinging to nicotine

November 12, 2012 / Herald Tribune / by Jane Brody — Few smokers would claim that it’s easy to quit. The addiction to nicotine is strong and repeatedly reinforced by circumstances that prompt smokers to light up. Yet the millions who have successfully quit are proof that a smoke-free life is achievable, even by those […]