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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 15 January 2016

expert reaction to meta-analysis looking at e-cigarette use [...]

A meta-analysis of the evidence around e-cigarettes and quitting smoking has been published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, with the authors reporting that those who used e-cigarettes in their attempts to quit smoking were less successful than those who didn’t. “Publication of this study represents a major failure of the peer review system in this journal.” [...]

2016-01-15
sciencemediacentre.org

Studies show tobacco control lags in Southeast, [...]

A series of three studies conducted by researchers at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health highlight lagging progress on tobacco control with the southeastern U.S., through measures such as tobacco taxes and public smoke-free policies. The first study included an analysis of 26 former state legislators representing southeastern U.S. states [...]

2016-01-15
medicalxpress.com

Switching from smoking to e-cigarette use [...]

A new study has just been published in the journal Internal and Emergency Medicine [...] The study evaluated participants from the ECLAT study, a randomized study which assessed the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation product. Specifically, blood pressure was measured at baseline and during follow-up [...], to assess any potential changes in relation to the smoking status.

2016-01-15
ecigarette-research.org

Drug curbs marijuana use, but with tough side effects

Combining the drug topiramate with psychological counseling curbed marijuana use among young smokers significantly more than did counseling alone, according to newly published results of a small randomized, controlled trial at Brown University. The results come with a caveat, however: many study volunteers couldn't tolerate the medicine's side effects.

2016-01-15
eurekalert.org

Newly Found Lipid Switch May Help Curb Nicotine Addiction

Investigators at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a lipid in brain cells may act as a switch to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine. The team says its findings in animal models point to a way that a drug might someday return this lipid to normal levels, perhaps making it easier for smokers to quit.

2016-01-15
genengnews.com

Smoking ban clears the air

Ten years after Washington State’s Smoking in Public Places law was put into effect, local health officials and restaurant owners agree that overall the smoking ban has been a good thing both for workers and for business. According to data from the Spokane Regional Health District, statewide adult smoking rates have been trending downward since the law’s implementation, [...]

2016-01-15
spokanejournal.com

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