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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 21 October 2015

New research shows nicotine increases codeine-induced analgesia

According to new research in rat models, nicotine use over time increases the speed that codeine is converted into morphine within the brain, by increasing the amount of a specific enzyme. It appears smokers' brains are being primed for a bigger buzz from this common pain killer - which could put them at a higher risk for addiction, and possibly even overdose.


Gene for nicotine addiction identified

A smoker’s chances of developing a nicotine dependence may be determined by genetics, suggests a recent study published in the journal “Translational Psychology.” The study, co-authored by Yale School of Medicine psychiatry professor Joel Gelernter determined that nicotine dependence can be associated with variants in a particular gene: CHRNA4.


Medical journal MISPRESENTS a case of hypersensitivity pneumonitis [...]

In case the authors of the case report [...] or the journal reviewers who allowed this case report to pass the review process do not know, acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis is an inflammatory condition of the lungs associated with the inhalation of an antigen (organic dust, animal proteins, bacteria or other material) which basically causes an allergic reaction [...]


Outside smoking ban consultation criticised for including e-cigarettes

Swansea Council is facing criticism for asking if e-cigarettes should be banned in outside public spaces in a consultation which could impact pub gardens. Earlier this year the Royal Society for Public Health said the public smoking ban should be extended to beer gardens and outside restaurants, parks and school gates.


How insurers are fleecing e-cigarette users

It's no secret that smoking tobacco isn't great for your health. But when it comes to the world of insurance, it's always been a little more complicated. When you're young, and buy your first life insurance policy, being a smoker can be costly. In fact, it's likely to double your premiums. Same goes for any other kind of protection insurance - like critical illness cover or income protection.


Health groups urge FDA to investigate e-cig therapeutic claims

Health groups are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the therapeutic claims electronic cigarette manufacturers are allegedly making in reference to their products. The groups said Truth in Advertising (TINA) reviewed more than 150 manufacturer and seller websites and found claims that e-cigarettes helped smokers stop smoking. [...]


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