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In January 2015 Posted

New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed at Treating Smoking Addiction, Where Others Have Failed

January 28, 2015   If you’re a smoker who’s trying to quit, you may recall hearing about vaccines designed to cause the body’s immune system to treat nicotine like a foreign invader, producing antibodies that trap and remove it before it’s able to reach receptors in the brain. It’s a fascinating idea, but according to scientists […]
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In January 2015 Posted

Tobacco in disguise

January 26, 2015   Erin Simmons has a good idea of who is buying the Gummy Bear-flavored e-juice and the Hello Kitty-themed e-cigarettes that turn the flavored, nicotine-laced juice into an aerosol to inhale. You might too, by taking a look into your student’s backpack. “The tobacco industry swears that they are not marketing to young people […]
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In January 2015 Posted

The smoke around e-cig science

January 26, 2015   From Apple Pie to Bubbly Bubble Gum, Irish Car Bomb or Martian bar – from Mars!, the flavors of electronic cigarette offer something for every taste.   Researchers have counted 7,764 varieties of ‘vape.’ That adds up to one of many challenges – from practical constraints to conflicts of interest – in […]
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In January 2015 Posted

Identifying which smartphone app features aid smoking cessation

January 23, 2015   Cigarette smoking kills six million people worldwide each year, but is an addictive behavior that can be difficult to stop.  No wonder, then, that there are over 400 smartphone apps available to help people quit smoking.  Despite their ubiquity, little research has evaluated whether these apps are successfully aiding smoking cessation, or […]
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In January 2015 Posted

Are Smoking Cessation Medications Over-Regulated?

January 23, 2015   The pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the Food and Drug Administration have been arguing back and forth about whether the anti-smoking medication Chantix deserves a black box warning because of patient reports of depression, suicidal impulses, agitation and other psychiatric symptoms. Perhaps these are side effects of Pfizer’s drug, but they might reflect […]
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