Most Americans, Including Smokers, Like the Idea of Less-Addictive Cigarettes

The majority of American adults, including current smokers, would support cigarette manufacturers making their products less addictive, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s data, which were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, came from a 2018 survey of more than 4,000 U.S. adults. About 81% of these respondents said they would support cigarette manufacturers making cigarettes that contain lower levels of addictive nicotine, according to the data. Eighty-four percent of former smokers held that position, compared to about 81% of both never and current smokers. That’s a huge jump since 2010, when just 50% of respondents favored the proposal, the authors write. Support was much lower, however, among those using tobacco products other than cigarettes, including cigars, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Non-cigarette users “might have less favorable attitudes because of concerns that such a standard could eventually lead to restrictions on the availability and characteristics of other tobacco products,” the authors write. The study did not specify which products these individuals were using, but the number of Americans using e-cigarettes for nicotine delivery has skyrocketed in recent years. The idea of a lower-nicotine cigarette isn’t purely hypothetical. In March 2018, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce the public health burden of tobacco use, the Food and Drug ...
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Momentum is growing for a nationwide movement to raise the legal age of tobacco purchase from 18 to 21. Experts say the widespread and worrisome teen vaping epidemic is a major catalyst—but so is support from e-cigarette and tobacco companies, which has some health groups feeling uneasy. On June 7, Texas joined about a dozen other states in enacting so-called Tobacco 21 policies; even more cities and counties have raised their legal buying ages, and a string of national retailers have instituted corporate policies that echo these legislative efforts. In Texas, the law will raise the purchasing age for all tobacco pro...
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According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Chronic pain is often treated with opioid pain medications. But opioids have side effects, including the risk of addiction. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Brent Bauer explores complementary therapies as alternatives to medications. To listen, click the link below. [...]
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Publication date: Available online 14 March 2019Source: The Lancet HIVAuthor(s): Evgeny Krupitsky, Elena Blokhina, Edwin Zvartau, Elena Verbitskaya, Dmitri Lioznov, Tatiana Yaroslavtseva, Vladimir Palatkin, Marina Vetrova, Natalia Bushara, Andrei Burakov, Dmitri Masalov, Olga Mamontova, Daniel Langleben, Sabrina Poole, Robert Gross, George WoodySummaryBackgroundUntreated opioid addiction in people with HIV is associated with poor HIV treatment outcomes. Slow-release, long-acting, implantable naltrexone might improve these outcomes. Here, we present results of a study aimed to test this hypothesis.MethodsWe did a 48 week do...
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A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday put to the test a major claim made by e-cigarette makers when the devices first emerged: that electronic cigarettes, which don’t burn tobacco but do still provide a hit of nicotine, can help cigarette smokers to kick the habit. In a rigorous study pitting the battery-powered e-cigs against nicotine replacement therapies like nicotine gums, lozenges, sprays and patches, the researchers found that e-cigs helped smokers to remain abstinent for one year at nearly twice the rate as those using nicotine replacement options. Among 886 smokers who were random...
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