Respira Technologies, Inc. announces Brian W. Quigley, former CEO of Altria Group's Smokeless Division, to join as Chief Operating Officer
Quigley to oversee launch of Respira's innovative smoking harm reduction and cessation products targeted at the world's one billion smokers WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 30, 2020 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Respira Technologies, Inc. (&... Biopharmaceuticals, Drug Delivery, Personnel Respira Technologies, nicotine replacement therapy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Death related to nicotine replacement therapy: a case report - Tjoncke JA, Goncalves R, Castaing N, Molimard M, Tovagliaro F, Titier K.
Transdermal nicotine patches and nicotine tablets are widely used for substitution therapies after cessation of smoking. Toxic concentrations of nicotine and cotinine, its main metabolite, are rarely reported, either in cases of misuse or in a fatal contex... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Varenicline Seems Safe for Adults Without Depression
Risk for CV, neuropsychiatric hospitalizations lower for varenicline versus nicotine replacement therapy (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

New study supports the safety of varenicline
(Society for the Study of Addiction) A real-world study of over 600,000 adult participants without a history of depression has found that the stop-smoking medication varenicline (marketed as Chantix and Champix) does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular or neuropsychiatric hospitalization compared with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). These findings confirm those of earlier clinical trials, providing further evidence of the safety of varenicline as an aid to stop smoking. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bright idea in dentist's office leads to innovative smoking cessation project
Results from this study recently published online in Addiction found primary care physicians providing smokers with a free, two week starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increased quit attempts While sitting in the dentist's office, Hollings Cancer Center researcher Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina, had a bright idea. As he received his goody bag with dental hygiene products, he wondered why not conduct a study and have primary care providers do the same thing for their patients who use tobacco. The bags would contain educational material, free lozenges and tobacco cessati...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Bright idea in dentist's office leads to innovative smoking cessation project
(Medical University of South Carolina) Results from this study, recently published online in Addiction, found providing smokers with a free, two week starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increased quit attempts, use of stop smoking medications, and smoking abstinence as compared with standard care in a primary care setting. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 7, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Podcast: Can people stop smoking by cutting down the amount they smoke first?
There are more than 50 Cochrane Reviews of the effects of interventions to help people quit smoking; one of which investigates whether reducing smoking before quitting might be an alternative to stopping suddenly. It was updated in September 2019 and we asked lead author, Nicola Lindson, from the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group based in the University of Oxford in the UK to tell us about their latest findings.The standard way that people are told to quit smoking is to smoke as normal until a quit day, and then stop using all cigarettes. However, this is daunting for many, and those who have tried it without success might ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Podcast: Methods to help people quit smoking
Cochrane podcasts deliver the latest Cochrane evidence in an easy to access audio format, allowing you to stay up to date on newly published reviews wherever you are. Each Cochrane podcast offers a short summary of a recent Cochrane review from the authors themselves. They are brief, allowing everyone from healthcare professionals to patients and families to hear the latest Cochrane evidence in under five minutes. Here we have curated three recent Cochrane podcasts on the subject of quitting smoking.Podcast: What is the best way to use nicotine replacement therapy to quit smoking?Nicotine replacement therapy has been used ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Stoptober
began in 2012 as an event   to encouraging people to quit smoking for good. Since then it has become an annual 28-day mass quitting attempt, offering resources and support for anyone trying to become smoke-free. It's an excellent to put the spotlight on the latest Cochrane evidence on quitting smoking.In May 2019, the Cochrane Library released aSpecial Collection which highlights a selection of new or recently updated clinically relevant Cochrane Reviews that address tobacco addiction in the general population. The Cochrane Reviews in this collection are maintained by theCochrane Tobacco Addiction Group who work to e...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

E-cigarettes compared with nicotine replacement therapy within the UK Stop Smoking Services: the TEC RCT
RCT (n=886) found e-cigarettes were significantly more effective than nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), with 1-year quit rate of 18.0% vs. 9.9% in NRT arm (risk ratio 1.83, 95% CI, 1.30 to 2.58; p   (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using both nicotine patches and gum together improves the chances of quitting smoking
Using a nicotine patch together with a fast-acting type of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as gum or lozenges improves smoking cessation rates compared to using only a single type of NRT. Higher-dose nicotine patches are also more effective than lower dose ones, this NIHR-funded review suggests. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smoking Cessation and Related Indications: Developing Nicotine Replacement Therapy Drug Products
(Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - June 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Combo Nicotine Replacement Tx Ups Success in Quitting Smoking
TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 -- People who use combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) are more likely to successfully quit smoking than people who use a single form of NRT, according to a review published online April 18 in the Cochrane Database... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New Cochrane Review investigates the effectiveness of nicotine replacement therapy
(Wiley) New evidence published in the Cochrane Library provides high quality evidence that people who use a combination of nicotine replacement therapies (a patch plus a short acting form, such as gum or lozenge) are more likely to successfully quit smoking than people who use a single form of the medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Featured Review: Different doses, durations and modes of delivery of nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation
New evidence published today in the Cochrane Library provides high quality evidence that people who use a combination of nicotine replacement therapies (a patch plus a short acting form, such as gum or lozenge) are more likely to successfully quit smoking than people who use a single form of the medicine.Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a medicine that is available as skin patches, chewing gum, nasal and oral sprays, inhalers, lozenges and tablets that deliver nicotine through the body to the brain. In many countries, people can get NRT from healthcare professionals as well as over-the-counter, without prescriptions. ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

NIHR Signal: E-cigarettes helped more smokers quit than nicotine replacement therapy
Studies have found that 18% given e-cigarettes were abstinent from smoking vs 9.9% for nicotine replacement therapy. E-cigarettes are considerably less harmful than smoking, so switching to vaping is likely to bring substantial health gains. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cochrane Clinical Answers related to COVID-19
Readable, clinically-focused, actionable answers to inform point-of-care decision-making for health professionals.  Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision-making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals. The evidence is displayed in a user-friendly tabulated format that includes narratives, data, and links to graphics.The fo...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

FDA reviews requirements for nicotine replacement therapy product labels
By Stephanie Larson and Richard Featherstone, Emergo Group Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) drug products, such as patches, gum and lozenges, have been around for more than 30 years. More novel products such as e-cigarettes provide additional choices for people using NRT for smoking cessation. But, like any other drug delivery mechanism, there are risks as well as benefits when using NRT drug products. While the technology has been marching ahead, regulators have been taking an increased interest in how to manage the risks of harm associated with using such products. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s bl...
Source: Mass Device - March 26, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog Emergo Group Source Type: news

Acupuncture found as effective as nicotine replacement therapy for helping people quit smoking
(Natural News) A study reports that acupuncture is as effective as nicotine replacement therapy in helping people stop smoking. The study, which was published in the journal Chest, aimed to assess the efficacy of acupuncture, auricular point pressing, and nicotine replacement therapy on tobacco cessation in the Chinese population. For the study, a team of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy
E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioural support. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: E-cigarettes Top Nicotine Replacement for Quitting
TheNew England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes'effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 13, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

E-cigs'twice as effective' than nicotine patches, gum or sprays for quitting
" E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers give up tobacco than other alternatives such as nicotine patches or gum, " Sky News reports. Researchers carried out a trial with 886 smokers who sought help through NHS stop smoking services. People were randomly assigned to either nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (products such as patches or gums that can deliver a dose of nicotine) or e-cigarettes, plus one-to-one support for at least 4 weeks. After a year, 18% of e-cigarette users had stopped smoking tobacco, compared to 9.9% of NRT users. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes More Effective for Smoking Cessation
THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 -- Electronic cigarettes are more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine replacement therapy, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Peter Hajek, Ph.D., from the Queen... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 31, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Smoking cessation strategies targeting stress reduction may be more successful in women
(Medical University of South Carolina) Women are 31 percent less likely to quit smoking successfully, in part because nicotine replacement therapy is more effective in male smokers. Female smokers experienced more stress and craving than men after viewing cellphone-delivered stress-inducing images, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in Nicotine& Tobacco Research. Although all smokers making a cessation attempt would likely benefit from interventions to reduce stress, these findings suggest that women could receive particular benefit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 24, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Medicare Advantage's Latest Benefit Helps Grandma Kick The Habit
Nearly half of Medicare Advantage plans are offering new supplement benefits for 2019 that range from nicotine replacement therapy to in-home support from a caregiver or social worker, Avalere Health says in a new report. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:HUM NYSE:ANTM NYSE:AET NYSE:CI Source Type: news

UA physiology researcher continues studies on nicotine exposure during pregnancy
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Although the numbers of nicotine patch and electronic cigarette users during pregnancy are increasing, new research suggests the use of nicotine-replacement therapy is an unsafe alternative to cigarettes. This five-year NIH grant will allow UA physiology researcher Dr. Ralph Fregosi to continue his studies on the short- and long-term developmental risks of nicotine exposure to pre- and post-natal health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHA: Nicotine Patch Safe for Smokers Hospitalized With Heart Trouble
FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Nicotine replacement therapy appears to be a safe option for smokers hospitalized for heart disease, even for critically ill patients on their first day, according to a new study. Researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nicotine replacement therapy versus control for smoking cessation (review)
This review (136 RCTs; n=64,640) found high-quality evidence that all of the licensed forms of NRT can help people who make a quit attempt to increase their chances of successfully stopping smoking. NRTs increase the rate of quitting by 50% to 60%, regardless of setting. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Funding cuts lead to dramatic fall in prescribing of stop smoking products
The number of prescriptions issued in primary care in England for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) fell by 75% between 2005/6 and 2016/17 and dispensing rates for varenicline fell by more than 50% between 2010/11 and 2016/17, according to new analysis. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Smoking cessation Source Type: news

Is prevalence of e-cigarette and nicotine replacement therapy use among smokers associated with average cigarette consumption in England? A time-series analysis
Survey found no significant association between changes in e-cigarette use or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and cigarette consumption while smoking. Authors comment that if e-cigarettes& NRT have reduced cigarette consumption, the effect was very small at population level. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Featured Review: Nicotine replacement therapy versus control for smoking cessation
High-quality evidence that all forms of nicotine replacement therapy can help increase chances of successfully stopping smoking.Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) aims to reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking by replacing the nicotine from cigarettes. NRT is available as skin patches that deliver nicotine slowly, and chewing gum, nasal and oral sprays, inhalators, and lozenges/tablets, all of which deliver nicotine to the brain more quickly than skin patches, but less rapidly than from smoking cigarettes. NRT aims to temporarily replace much of the nicotine from cigarettes to reduce motivation to smok...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes Found No Less Effective Than Other Ways To Quit Smoking, Except Free Money
The best way to get someone to quit smoking? Motivate them with money. After that, e-cigs may be at least as effective as nicotine-replacement therapy or medications. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle, Contributor Source Type: news

Upstate to offer free nicotine replacement therapy to campus visitors who smoke
The comfort kit will include two 4 mg nicotine-replacement lozenges, plus information on where one can get more help to quit smoking. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - April 12, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Cancer Patient Care Community Campus Source Type: news

Teens Are ‘Juuling’ At School. Here’s What That Means
The most popular product in the booming e-cigarette market doesn’t look like a cigarette at all. The Juul, a trendy vape that resembles a flash drive and can be charged in a laptop’s USB port, accounted for 33% of the e-cigarette market as of late 2017, according to Wells Fargo data. And while the product is made for and legally available only to adults older than 21, its “growth appears to be due to growth with the 18 to 24 year old age group,” according to a Wells Fargo report. In many cases, media reports suggest, these devices are being used by kids and teenagers even younger than that — w...
Source: TIME: Health - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

World No Tobacco Day
31 May isWorld No Tobacco Day. It is organized by the World Health Organization to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, the theme is on'Tobacco and heart disease. 'In support of World No Tobacco Day, the Cochrane Library presents aSpecial Collection which highlights a selection of new or recently updated clinically relevant Cochrane Reviews that address tobacco addiction in the general population. There is free access to all reviews included.Evidently Cochrane blogs: What can nurses do to help people stop smoking...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

World No Tobacco Day
31 May isWorld No Tobacco Day. It is organized by the World Health Organization to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.In support of World No Tobacco Day, the Cochrane Library presents aSpecial Collection which highlights a selection of new or recently updated clinically relevant Cochrane Reviews that address tobacco addiction in the general population. There is free access to all reviews included. The Cochrane Reviews in this collection are maintained by theCochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, and you can find more information abo...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

World No Tobacco Day 2017
31 May isWorld No Tobacco Day. It is organized by the World Health Organization to draw attention to the health risks associated with the use of tobacco and what can still be done to reduce tobacco consumption around the world.In support of World No Tobacco Day 2017, the Cochrane Library presents an updatedSpecial Collection which highlights a selection of new or recently updated clinically relevant Cochrane Reviews that address tobacco addiction in the general population. There is free access to all reviews included.Other Cochrane evidence resources for World No Tobacco Day:Help to quit smoking: Nicotine receptor partial ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Featured Review: Psychosocial interventions to support pregnant women to stop smoking
Reposted with permission from Cochrane Australia.Published recently, the sixth update of the Cochrane Review on Psychosocial interventions for supporting women to stop smoking in pregnancy weighs up the evidence on a critical health and social equity issue. Smoking remains one of the few preventable factors associated with complications in pregnancy, and has serious long-term implications for women and babies. While the number of women smoking in pregnancy is decreasing in high-income countries, where it ’s associated with poverty, it’s increasing in low- to middle-income countries.‘This is now ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

New Study Finds E-Cigarettes Are Much Safer And Less Toxic Than Tobacco
Consuming e-cigarettes is far safer and less toxic than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes, according to the findings of a study analyzing levels of dangerous and cancer-causing substances in the body. Researchers found that people who switched from smoking regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as gum or patches for at least six months had much lower levels of toxins in their saliva and urine than those who continued to smoke. “Our study adds to existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking, and suggests that there is a very low risk associ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes as Safe as Nicotine Replacement in Real-World Study E-Cigarettes as Safe as Nicotine Replacement in Real-World Study
A new study suggests vaping is as safe as nicotine replacement therapy; the results should allay concerns about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes, one expert agreed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 7, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Long-term vaping 'far safer than smoking' says 'landmark' study
Conclusion This cross-sectional study aimed to assess whether there are differences in levels of nicotine and toxic chemicals in cigarette smokers, and former or current smokers who are also long-term users of e-cigarettes or NRT. E-cigarettes are designed for users to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking. There has been much discussion over the benefits of vaping over conventional smoking methods and this is the first long-term study assessing these effects. The main findings are not that surprising – former smokers who have now switched to using e-cigarettes or NRT only have significantly...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Exposure to Carcinogens and Toxins Lower with E-Cigarettes (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Use of electronic cigarettes or nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) is associated with lower metabolite levels of carcinogens and toxins than traditional cigarette smoking, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year
In 2014, Behind the Headlines has covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun. Why not test your knowledge of 2014's health news with our month-by-month quiz? Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).   In January 2016's health news... In a controversial study, monkeys were genetically engineered to develop what disorder? 1) Sex addiction 2) Bi-polar disorder 3) Autism In a similarly controversial study, what psychological condition was dismissed as a "myth" 1) Seasonal af...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports Source Type: news

E-cigarettes 'help thousands successfully quit smoking'
Conclusion Stopping smoking remains the best thing you can possibly do for your health. Anything that can help reduce the number of people who smoke is likely to have a good impact on health. But although this study found e-cigarette use was linked to an increase in successful quit attempts, there are a number of things to be aware of: Attempting to quit with e-cigarettes alone may not be as helpful as attempting to quit using an NHS stop smoking service. Getting support and help for a quit attempt is thought to increase your chances of success fourfold. You can use NHS services and e-cigarettes together if you wish. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Medication Heart/lungs Cancer Source Type: news

Prevalence of use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) to vape recreational drugs by club patrons in South London - Thurtle N, Abouchedid R, Archer JR, Ho J, Yamamoto T, Dargan PI, Wood DM.
INTRODUCTION: Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS, often called e-cigarettes) are nicotine delivery devices that heat nicotine into vapour that is inhaled, a process called 'vaping'. Use eclipsed nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) in 2014 but ENDS r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Quitting Smoking? Expect a Lot of Failure Before You Succeed
Quitting smoking is so hard that most smokers kick themselves for even starting. Not everyone who smokes enjoys it, as evident by the nearly 7 out of 10 smokers who've said they want to quit completely. While many smokers have switched to e-cigarettes, those people shouldn't be considered nonsmokers. They're still slaves to nicotine. It's just delivered in a less flammable way. But quitting -- as in getting out of nicotine addiction once and for all -- takes way more than a little willpower. A study recently appearing in BMJ Open suggests the number of times it takes to quit smoking for good is much higher that experts...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World No Tobacco Day 2016
31 May is World No Tobacco Day. It is organized by the World Health Organization to draw attention to the health risks associated with the use of tobacco and what can still be done to reduce tobacco consumption around the world.Here we focus on a Cochrane Review of a medical intervention - nicotine receptor partial agonists for smoking cessation - and what the available evidence tells us about its effectiveness. Cochrane Review provides more support for medication as long-term aid to quitting smokingWhen people stop smoking, they experience cravings to smoke and unpleasant mood changes. Nicotine receptor partial agonists a...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 31, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Quit Smoking for Good
World “No Tobacco Day” is May 31.Each year on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World No Tobacco Day, an event designed to bring awareness to the negative impact of tobacco use on the environment and on human health throughout the world. One of the most important ways people can reduce the risk of tobacco-related illness and death, both personally and globally, is to reduce their use of tobacco – or stop for good. In the following excerpt from the book Kicking Butts, Second Edition, readers can find useful tips and strategies on how to quit tobacco products and get the help they need to...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - May 24, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Smoking/Tobacco Source Type: news

Quitting smoking overnight 'better than cutting down gradually'
Conclusion This was a well-designed randomised controlled trial which aimed to assess whether the best method to stop smoking is by gradual reduction or an abrupt stop. Researchers found more people in the abrupt-cessation group continued to abstain from smoking at four weeks and six months, compared with those who gradually reduced smoking. The trial's strengths include the design, methods and analysis used. The researchers have made attempts to minimise the risk of bias, where possible. The population sample is large, which allows for greater certainty that the findings are not purely down to chance. The fol...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Lifestyle/exercise Cancer Source Type: news