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In April 2015 Posted

Scientists Identify Brain Circuitry Responsible for Anxiety in Smoking Cessation

April 24, 2015   In a promising breakthrough for smokers who are trying to quit, neuroscientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and The Scripps Research Institute have identified circuitry in the brain responsible for the increased anxiety commonly experienced during withdrawal from nicotine addiction.  The study yielded several discoveries about interconnected brain mechanisms that induce […]
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NIOSH: Snuff Out Tobacco in All Workplaces

April 23, 2015   If smoking is still permitted in or near your worksite, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) thinks it’s time to make some changes. Keep reading to learn more about the risks and the costs. According to NIOSH, tobacco use contributes to diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancers, emphysema, and bronchitis. Tobacco […]
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Many Smokers Try to Quit After Cancer Diagnosis

April 23, 2015   Cancer survivors are about 50 percent more likely to quit smoking two years after their diagnosis than smokers without cancer, a new study found. While the finding buttresses the theory that a cancer diagnosis can be a “teachable moment” to promote smoking cessation, the study also revealed that a such diagnosis isn’t enough […]
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Hillary Pressed to Take on Big Tobacco

April 21, 2015   Public health groups are urging newly minted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to follow in her husband’s footsteps and take on Big Tobacco.  The calls for Clinton to make the issue part of her campaign platform take place amid a growing push to raise the national smoking age to 21.  The cause […]
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How Tobacco Firms Tried to Undermine Muslim Countries’ Smoking Ban

April 21, 2015   The tobacco industry attempted to reinterpret Islamic teaching and recruit Islamic scholars in a bid to undermine the prohibition on smoking in many Muslim countries.  In 1996, an internal document from British American Tobacco warned that, because of the spread of “extremist views” from fundamentalists in countries such as Afghanistan, the industry […]
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US: Ban Hazardous Child Labor in Tobacco Farming

April 20, 2015   The U.S. Congress should promptly enact legislation introduced on April 16, 2015 that would provide needed protections for children working in US tobacco farming, Human Rights Watch said today.  The legislation would prohibit children under 18 from working in direct contact with tobacco, where they are particularly vulnerable to acute nicotine poisoning […]
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Tobacco Companies Sue FDA Over Label Approvals

April 16, 2015   A group of tobacco companies sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday over recent guidance they say violates their free-speech rights by mandating pre-approval of labeling changes. Plaintiffs including R.J. Reynolds Co, Lorillard Tobacco Co and Altria Group Inc’s Philip Morris USA Inc filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court […]
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Scientists Find That Nicotine Use Increases Compulsive Alcohol Consumption

April 16, 2015   Why do smokers have a five to ten times greater risk of developing alcohol dependence than nonsmokers? Do smokers have a greater tendency toward addiction in general or does nicotine somehow reinforce alcohol consumption? Now, a study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) helps provide insight into these questions, showing […]
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On Giants’ Home Opening Day, New Poll Shows Strong Support for Measure To Make San Francisco Baseball Completely Tobacco-Free

April 15, 2015   A new poll shows San Francisco voters strongly support a proposal before the Board of Supervisors to prohibit the use of all tobacco products – including chewing and spit tobacco – at all baseball venues within the city. The measure aims to set the right example for kids by sending a simple […]
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