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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 6, 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

Wearable for smoking cessation reduces cravings in small trial
Chrono Therapeutics, the maker of a wearable, smartphone-connected drug delivery device for smoking cessation, has completed a small randomized trial that shows that nicotine replacement therapy delivered with its device can reduce cravings to a statistically significant degree compared to a placebo delivered the same way. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 7, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Study: Nicotine Patch Works as Well as Chantix to Help Quit Smoking
This study confirms that FDA-approved medications are effective in helping smokers quit,” said Lee Westmaas, PhD, American Cancer Society director of tobacco control research. “Smokers should seriously consider using medications if they are finding it difficult to quit without any help. The most effective approach to quitting is using medications in combination with counseling such as from a quit-line.”RESOURCES: How to Quit Smoking Quit-smoking medicationsResearch shows that using a medication to help you quit smoking can double your chances of being successful.The US Food and Drug Administration (...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - February 2, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Smoking/Tobacco Source Type: news

Flavouring found in e-cigarettes linked to 'popcorn lung'
ConclusionThis study shows three chemicals reportedly linked to serious lung damage are present in many flavoured e-cigarettes in the US, raising concerns about their safety. Although the study tested US brands, it's likely similar findings would be found here in the UK, where e-cigarettes are similarly unregulated.However, this issue is not black and white. The researchers' concerns have been rightly raised, and their conclusion that urgent research needs to follow this study seems logical given the apparent lack of knowledge in this area.  Still, much of the potential health risk and alarm factor of this study ...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Stop smoking drug not linked to heart attacks or depression
Previous reports have linked varenicline to heart attacks, depression, self-harm and suicideRelated items from OnMedicaCombining varenicline with nicotine patch boosts quit ratesMetabolism impacts on success of nicotine replacement therapy Smoking cessationNRT can be prescribed to smokers who want to cut downSmoking cessation drugs not linked to suicide (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 9, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

We Need To Make A Distinction Between Smoking And Nicotine Addiction, According To Scientists
By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) - Since he ditched Marlboro Lights five years ago, Daniel's fix is fruit-flavored nicotine gum that comes in neat, pop-out strips. He gets through 12 to 15 pieces a day and says he has "packets of the stuff" stashed all over. But he doesn't see himself as a nicotine addict. Like many people, Daniel believes nicotine gum is far less harmful for him than smoking. Doctors worldwide agree. By giving up cigarettes, they say, Daniel has removed at least 90 percent of the health risks of his habit. Even so, the possibility th...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 19, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Duration of Nicotine Replacement Use and Smoking CessationDuration of Nicotine Replacement Use and Smoking Cessation
How long should smokers continue nicotine replacement therapy for the highest likelihood of successfully quitting? American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Pregnancy
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Birth Defects, Pregnancy and Substance Abuse, Quitting Smoking (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Use Among Smokers and Ex-SmokersNicotine Replacement Therapy Use Among Smokers and Ex-Smokers
This study investigated beliefs and concerns regarding nicotine replacement therapy among tobacco users. What are the barriers and facilitators of the use of medicinal nicotine from their perspective? BMC Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Metabolism impacts on success of nicotine replacement therapy
Finding could help predict best choice of quit medicine Related items from OnMedicaHelp smokers cut down if they can’t quitNRT can be prescribed to smokers who want to cut downSmokers using plain packs more likely to think about quittingWomen quitting smoking should consider effect of their periodElectronic cigarettes do help smoking cessation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 12, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cytisine is better than nicotine-replacement therapy in helping smokers quit (NEJM video)
Cytisine, also known as baptitoxine and sophorine, is an alkaloid that occurs naturally in several plant genera. In this trial in New Zealand, cytisine was superior to nicotine-replacement therapy in helping smokers quit. The findings are summarized in the NEJM video. Cytisine was first marketed in Bulgaria in 1964 (called Tabex) and then became widely available in other European countries.Read the full NEJM Original Article: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1407764Related reading:Quitting smoking: Still a challenge, but newer tools show promise - CCJM http://buff.ly/1xCK2fP Posted at Clinical Cases and Images...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - January 7, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Tags: NEJM Smoking Source Type: news

Behind the Headlines 2014 Quiz of the Year
In 2014, Behind the Headlines covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. Test your knowledge of 2014's health news with our month-by-month quiz. If you've been paying attention, you should find this quiz both easy and fun. Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).   In January 2014's health news... What was said to help make bones stronger? 1) Swimming 2) Marriage 3) Listening to classical music Warnings were issued about the possible return of what? 1) Swine flu 2) The Black Death 3) Smallpox   In February 2014's health news... W...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports Medical practice Source Type: news

Dr Reddy's acquires Habitrol brand
Dr Reddy's Laboratories has acquired Habitrol brand, a nicotine replacement therapy transdermal patch, from Novartis Consumer Health Inc. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - December 19, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Smoking Cessation Drug May Offer Lower-Cost OptionSmoking Cessation Drug May Offer Lower-Cost Option
Cytisine may be significantly better than nicotine replacement therapy in achieving smoking cessation, offering a low-cost alternative to current therapies. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - December 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Cytisine Superior to Nicotine-Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM Cytisine, a partial agonist of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, helps smokers quit tobacco more effectively than nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT), according to a New England Journal of … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 18, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Outreach Program May Help Poorer Smokers Quit
Efforts included phone-based counseling and free nicotine-replacement therapy Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Quitting Smoking (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How E-Cigarettes Are Helping Scientists Understand Smoking Addiction
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists say they have found the best way yet to analyze the effects of smoking on the brain -- by taking functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of people while they puff on e-cigarettes. In a small pilot study, the researchers used electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to mimic the behavioral aspects of smoking tobacco cigarettes, and say future studies could help scientists understand why smoking is so addictive. E-cigarettes use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapor to inhale -- hence the new term "vaping". ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 11, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Comparative in vitro toxicity profile of electronic and tobacco cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and nicotine replacement therapy products: e-liquids, extracts and collected aerosols - Misra M, Leverette RD, Cooper BT, Bennett MB, Brown SE.
In this study, an in vitro battery of established assays was used to examine the cytotoxicity, mutag... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 8, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pregnancy and Substance Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paediatric poisoning due to nicotine replacement therapy products: an emerging hazard - Slaughter RJ, Shieffelbien LM, Temple WA, Schep LJ.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Chrono Therapeutics gets $32M for smoking cessation wearable
Chrono Therapeutics, a Hayward, California-based company working on a new wearable for smoking cessation and drug delivery, has raised $32 million in its first round of funding. The round was led by Canaan Partners and 5 am Ventures. Additional contributors included Fountain Healthcare Partners, and two strategic investors: GE Ventures and the Mayo Clinic. The company’s […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 12, 2014 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized 5 am Ventures Canaan Partners Chrono Therapeutics Fountain Healthcare Partners GE Ventures Mayo Clinic mobile drug delivery nicotine replacement therapy smoking cessation Source Type: news

E-cigs 'better than patches and gum' as quitting aid
Conclusion This was a useful “real world” survey, which involved a large nationally representative sample of adults in England. Researchers adjusted their results for a large number of potential confounders, including the degree of nicotine dependence and the time elapsed since participants’ attempt to quit begun. However, as the authors point out, this was not an RCT, which is the best method of determining the effectiveness of treatments. This means that measured and unmeasured confounders could have affected the results.  Another important limitation is the study’s reliance on adults self-...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Understanding and Use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Nonpharmacologic Smoking Cessation Strategies Among Chinese and Vietnamese Smokers and Their Families
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - February 21, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Fetal exposure to nicotine increases long-term risk of obesity
(University of Western Ontario) Many women are encouraged to quit smoking when they become pregnant using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) whether as gum, transdermal patches, nasal spray or lozenges. But new research from Western University led by Daniel Hardy, Ph.D., has shown that nicotine from either smoking or NRT causes a wide range of long-term adverse reactions for the offspring, including an increased risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome by influencing the liver to produce more triglyceride. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 16, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Quit-Smoking Products Won't Harm the Heart, Review Finds
But patients should not keep smoking while on nicotine-replacement therapy, experts warn (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quit-Smoking Products Won't Harm the Heart, Review Finds
But patients should not keep smoking while on nicotine-replacement therapy, experts warn Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Arrhythmia, Quitting Smoking (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene May Predict Smokers' Response to Cessation TherapyGene May Predict Smokers' Response to Cessation Therapy
Variations in the CYP2A6 gene, which controls nicotine metabolism, may make some smokers more responsive to nicotine replacement therapy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Study finds no increased risk of suicide in patients using smoking cessation drugs
A study to assess whether patients prescribed smoking cessation drugs are at an increased risk of suicide, self-harm and treated depression compared with users of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has found no evidence of an increased risk. The findings, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, are published online in the British Medical Journal [BMJ] today [11 October]. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 11, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: news_text Tags: Press releases Source Type: news

Study finds no increased risk of suicide in patients using smoking cessation drugs
(University of Bristol) A study to assess whether patients prescribed smoking cessation drugs are at an increased risk of suicide, self-harm and treated depression compared with users of nicotine replacement therapy has found no evidence of an increased risk. The findings, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, are published online in the British Medical Journal today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 10, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Vaping 'matches patches for stopping smoking'
Conclusion This was a well-designed trial that set out to see whether nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement patches at helping people to quit smoking. This is an important research question because of the health benefits associated with quitting smoking and the rising popularity of e-cigarettes over the past decade or so. Vapour analyses conducted in this trial showed that 300 puffs from one nicotine e-cigarette cartridge delivers 3-6mg of nicotine, the equivalent of smoking between one and five tobacco cigarettes. The main outcome the researchers wanted to investigate was the cont...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Post smoking weight gain correlates with nicotine dependence, serum lipid levels
Smokers with more severe nicotine dependence are more likely to gain weight when they try to quit, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Koji Hasegawa and colleagues from Kyoto Medical Center, Japan. Even with nicotine replacement therapy, individuals can gain substantial amounts of weight when they quit smoking. Here, researchers studied weight gain patterns in individuals who successfully abstained from smoking after nicotine replacement therapy at a clinic... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Smoking / Quit Smoking Source Type: news

Study: E-Cigarettes May Give Hope To Smokers Looking To Quit
BOSTON (CBS) — The first-ever clinical trial of electronic cigarettes has found they may be better than nicotine patches for those trying to kick the habit. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health says the findings give hope to those who have tried to quit smoking in the past but failed. Listen to WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Diane Stern extended interview with Siegel: play pause Study: E-Cigarettes May Give Hope To Smokers Looking To Quit Diane Stern ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kckatzman Tags: Health Healthwatch Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston University CBS Boston Diane Stern E-Cigarette Public Health Smoking Source Type: news

E-cigarettes to be regulated as medicines
Electronic cigarettes are to be licensed and regulated as an aid to quit smoking from 2016, it has been announced. E-cigarettes – battery-operated devices that mimic cigarettes – are to be classed as 'medicines', which means they will face stringent checks by medicine regulator the MHRA and doctors will be able to prescribe them to smokers to help them cut down or quit. This move has been widely welcomed by medical experts and officials, as tighter regulation will ensure the products are safe and effective. Until this happens, e-cigarettes are only covered by general product safety leg...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports QA articles Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Decision over e-cigarettes and 'vaping' imminent
An announcement is expected soon about whether electronic cigarettes are to be licensed and regulated as an aid to quit smoking. Medical experts and trading standards officials have urged the government to classify e-cigarettes – battery-operated devices that mimic cigarettes – as a form of nicotine-replacement therapy, which would mean stringent checks by medicine regulator the MHRA. At the moment, e-cigarettes are only covered by general product safety legislation, meaning they can legally be promoted and sold to children, and we cannot be sure of their ingredients or how much nicotine they contain.   Ar...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports QA articles Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Quitting Smoking: Licensed Medications Are Effective
06/06/2013, The Cochrane Library, Nicotine replacement therapy and other licensed drugs can help people quit smoking, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - June 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NICE publishes guidance on cutting down smoking
Conclusion If you are worried about your smoking – and you should be worried if you smoke – your GP will be able to advise you on the best ways to quit or cut down. GPs provide a useful first point of contact for a range of stop smoking services that should be able to help you cut down and eventually quit. Don't be discouraged if you have tried to quit before and failed. Like a driving test, many people don't make it first time around, but most will get there in the end. Finally, don't make it needlessly hard for yourself. Going "cold turkey" (trying to quit without the help of nicotine replacement th...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Meta-analysis Confirms Smoking Cessation Therapies Work Meta-analysis Confirms Smoking Cessation Therapies Work
A meta-analysis of 267 studies covering more than 101,000 smokers confirms that smoking cessation drugs and nicotine replacement therapy are effective and compares their relative efficacy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news