You want to stop smoking and you say you want help. So you do your research on the nicotine patches that are available. You decide on a product and you start the process of wearing the patch for ten to thirty or more days. And at the end you should have eventually beaten the smoking habit. But have you really? Has the patch along with the tips like drinking a … [Read more...] about The Nicotine Patch – Is it a Gimmick?
The mentally ill consume 45% of the cigarettes smoked in America these days, the WSJ reports. A striking figure in its own right, the number takes on new significance amid reports of psychological troubles associated with Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix. Nicotine increases the level of dopamine in the brain’s reward center — a powerfully addictive effect. And as reports … [Read more...] about Chantix Questions Illuminate Hold of Cigarettes on Mind
Tobacco use will kill 1 billion people in this century. This is a 10-fold increase over the past 100 years, unless governments in poor nations raise taxes on consumption and mandate health warnings, the World Health Organization said. No country fully implements these most important tobacco - control measures, according to a 330-page report released today by New York … [Read more...] about Tobacco May Kill 1 Billion in This Century, WHO Says
Nationwide, smoking bans are on the rise in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Research shows that bans decrease the overall number of cigarettes people smoke and in some cases, actually result in people quitting. One reason bans help people quit is simple biology. Inhaling tobacco actually increases the number of receptors in the brain that crave nicotine. "If you had … [Read more...] about Smoking Bans Help People Quit, Research Shows
Yesterday I mentioned the controversy over legislation that would give the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products, authority the FDA itself (or at least its current head) does not want. One reason for the agency's leeriness is the possibility that FDA regulation could actually increase the harm associated with tobacco use. One way that could happen, as I've noted … [Read more...] about Tobacco Harm Reduction Catches On