Posts Tagged ‘smoking-cessation’

Ex-Smokers Have Greater Willpower

Study results published in NeuroImage comparing the brain activity of former smokers to current smokers reveals differences that might offer insight into how to make a success of smoking cessation. Using functional MRI imaging, researchers from Trinity College and the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society, Dublin, Ireland found that former and never smokers who were asked to perform tasks that measured cognitive skills deemed important to successful smoking cessation used different parts of their brains as compared to current smokers. ... read more >>

FDA: e-cigarettes to face same regulations as tobacco products

WINSTON-SALEM (MCT) — Electronic cigarettes will be regulated as tobacco products, and not drug-delivery devices, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The agency’s decision was a signal that it would not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court last year’s decision by a federal appeals court. The FDA had wanted the ability to treat electronic cigarettes as drug-delivery devices — thus subject to stricter regulations — because e-cigarettes heat nicotine extracted from tobacco. But it lost the case. ... read more >>

Drury campus to go tobacco-free

Drury University will become a tobacco-free campus with the beginning of the fall semester in 2012, a Drury news release said. Currently, smoking is not allowed in any buildings at Drury University and this extension of that policy to the entire campus and all tobacco products reflects Drury’s commitment to wellness. ... read more >>

Cigarette Makers Sue FDA Over Review

WASHINGTON – Lorillard Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. last week asked a federal court to stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from relying on advisory panel recommendations on issues such as menthol cigarettes. Filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, the suit alleges financial conflict of interest and bias by several members of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). ... read more >>

Entire DSS campus now tobacco free

The Rowan County Board of Social Services approved a ban on tobacco on its campus Tuesday, but it still has a few more hurdles to clear before it takes effect. County Health Director Leonard Wood spoke to the board about the proposed policy. It must be approved by the boards of social services and health, as well as the county commissioners. ... read more >>

Report rips Pa.’s smoking cessation efforts

For tobacco users, Pennsylvania is an inviting place to visit or live — too much so for health advocates. The communities of Matamoras and Westfall, which border New York and New Jersey, have 14 tobacco retailers, including nine tobacco-only stores, along a two-mile strip on Route 6/209, each with a parking lot packed with out-of-state cars. ... read more >>

Smoking reality

The Food and Drug Administration’s plan for gruesome warnings on cigarette packaging will help public health officials level the playing field in a way that could save lives. With authority granted by Congress in 2009, the FDA has ordered that half of every cigarette pack – both front and back – must contain a photo depicting the health ills of smoking, as well as the blunt warning that “Smoking can kill you.” ... read more >>

Making the Most of Medicare’s New Benefit to Quit Smoking

Medicare is finally legitimizing smoking cessation counseling by underwriting up to eight counseling sessions per year for smokers who are struggling to quit. This benefit is regardless of whether smokers are already ill from tobacco use or not. The naysayer’s response is “what a waste,” declaring that only physical approaches such as replacement of nicotine or other prescription medicines will help. One critic of the new benefit is Dr. Elizabeth Whelan of the American Council on Science and Health (ASCH), who says the expansion in coverage seems “nothing short of pathetic. Attempts to assist smokers quit must focus on satisfying the nicotine addiction by offering it in another form. Simply counseling long-term smokers to get them to quit? A joke- a cruel one at that.” ... read more >>

New research to improve effectiveness of nicotine vaccination for cigarette smokers

If Pradeep K. Garg, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center figures out why some smokers are more addicted to nicotine than others, it could lead to more successful smoking cessation treatments. Backed by a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Garg and research colleagues at Wake Forest Baptist and Duke University Medical Center are conducting research to improve the effectiveness of nicotine vaccination for cigarette smokers. ... read more >>

When Counseling Costs, Response Dwindles

Whether response to counseling programs on obesity and smoking is positive depends on whether the programs are free, a new study has found. And the cost of the counseling makes a difference not just to people who might participate but also to the doctors or health-care providers who refer them to the programs, according to the study. ... read more >>

Motivating, Not Judging, Might Help Smokers Quit

Addressing tobacco use without judging the user appears to help people quit, especially if a primary care physician uses a form of supportive counseling called “motivational interviewing,” according to a new review of studies. ... read more >>