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Daily Digest - Tue/Wed, 14-15 February 2017

Smoking in pregnancy ‘dropped by 25% in five years’

Smoking during pregnancy has dropped by one-quarter in five years but it remains a challenging problem, according to new Irish research. The study, which shows for the first time that women are smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy, says the safety of these devices needs to be examined. Between 2011 and 2015, the smoking rate among expectant mothers attending the Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin fell from 14.3 per cent to 10.9 per cent.


Global E-Cigarette Market is Projected to Reach USD 25 billion by 2021

E-Cigarettes & Vaporizer market volume is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 25% from 2016 to 2021. North America is accounting for more than 45 % market share and thus is the largest market of E-Cigarettes & Vaporizer in the world. Asia Pacific market is expected to grow at a highest CAGR over the forecast period 2016 – 2021. The market has evolved through three generations [...]


Children born of fathers exposed to nicotine inherit enhanced chemical tolerance

A father's nicotine use may have a significant impact on children's risk of some diseases. In a study published in the online biomedical sciences journal eLife, Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, and colleagues at UMass Medical School, demonstrate that mice born of fathers who are habitually exposed to nicotine inherit enhanced chemical tolerance and drug clearance abilities.


Study Confirms Health Advantages of Vaping

The first surgeon general's report on e-cigarettes, published in December, describes them as "an emerging public health threat." A "tip sheet for parents" that accompanied the report recommends evasion in response to the question, "Aren't e-cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes?" [...] study reported last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed that e-cigarettes are much less dangerous than the traditional, combustible sort [...]


e-Cigarette Use in College Linked to Depression

A new study has found a connection between depression and e-cigarette use among college students. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), discovered that students with elevated levels of depression symptoms were significantly more likely (than students who did not experience elevated levels of depressive symptoms) to start using e-cigarettes with a six-month period.


Nicotine may help hold off Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s

Can nicotine, that addictive chemical found in tobacco and e-cigarettes, help your aging brain? Researchers at Texas A&M found that, when given independently from tobacco, the maligned chemical helps protect the aging brain and may even hold off Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Apparently nicotine’s protective abilities may have something to do with its power to suppress appetite, according to Ursula Winzer-Serhan [...] at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.


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