Experimental Nicotine Vaccine Shows Promise
© Ozgun Erdem

New experimental nicotine vaccine seems to work better than previous versions. Full Story

Dementia
Quit Smoking Now to Beat Dementia Later? © Arty Smokes

Quit now to reduce your odds of dementia later in life. People who quit for at least 10 years prior to late middle age experience no increased risk for tobacco related dementia.

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Quitting Smoking
Cigarette Withdrawal Can Cause Acute Depression © Kalexanderson

Canadian scientists say that very heavy smokers who quit smoking can experience a spike in an enzyme called MAO-A. MAO-A metabolizes serotonin and so too much MAO-A can result in too little serotonin and feelings of sadness and depression.

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Smoking and Birth Defects
Birth Defects Linked to Smoking During Pregnancy © Polina Sergeeva

Although we all know that smoking while pregnant isn’t healthy for mom or unborn child, a surprising number of pregnant women still choose to light up. New research out of University College in London shows that these moms are putting their children at greatly increased risk for birth defects ranging from clubfoot to missing limbs to gastrointestinal problems.

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Tobacco
Tweens Get Addicted to Nicotine through Secondhand Smoke © Tayrawr Fortune

Children and tweens exposed to secondhand smoke absorb more nicotine out of that smoke than adults do – so much, in fact, that researchers out of Montreal Canada say that some children living with smokers, who had never before smoked cigarettes, were showing signs of nicotine addiction.

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Cigarette Marketing
Many Still Believe 'Light' Cigarettes Are Less Harmful © AdamCohn

Cigarettes that were once marketed as ‘light’ are in fact no safer than any other – which is why most Western nations now outlaw the use of the terms light or mild on packaging. Nevertheless, about 1 in 5 smokers still believe that cigarettes sold in light colored packages are less harmful.

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Nicotine Addiction
Still Smoking? Your Brain May Be Defective © Ed Schipul

About a third of us have a genetic malfunction which disables our ability to regulate nicotine consumption. Those of us with this particular genetic abnormality are at a greatly increased risk of nicotine addiction.

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Tobacco Ban
Honduran Smokers Liable for Arrest - Even at Home! © Vale the Kid

A new law enacted on Monday in Honduras bans smoking in most enclosed public and private spaces – and if people smoke in the home near family members, they might get arrested.

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Nicotine Addiction
Teens Can't Tell When They're Getting Hooked On Cigarettes © Fabiana Zonca

Teens who are experimenting with smoking cigarettes, but who are not yet daily smokers, fail to recognize initial symptoms of dependence, such as cravings, as early symptoms of a tobacco addiction.

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Tobacco
Cigarette Filters Use Pig's Blood © Thornypup

Researchers find that pigs’ haemoglobin is secretly used in cigarette filters to improve filter performance.

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Smoking
Smokers Have Lower IQs © Valentin.Ottone

An Israeli researcher says that on average, young male smokers tend to have lower IQs than young male non smokers.

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Tobacco
Smoking Bans Save Lives © ccarlstead

Smoking bans work to save lives and improve health, say researchers in New Zealand who followed heart attack incidences in years following the implementation of a major public smoking ban.

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Phillip Morris Ordered to Pay Ex-Smoker $300 Million © Photo Credit: Gabriela Gonzalez Gaete

A Floridian jury slapped tobacco giant Phillip Morris with a $300 million verdict – to be paid to a single ex-smoker who now has emphysema and requires a lung transplant.

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Using Both a Nicotine Patch and Nicotine Lozenges Proven Best for Helping People Quit Smoking © Photo Credit: Mendhak

University of Wisconsin researchers compared 5 different types of quit-smoking medications, and say that nothing works better than the nicotine patch augmented with nicotine lozenges.

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Helpful News
Quit Smoking Now to Beat Dementia Later?
Smoking Linked to Increased Dementia Risk for Elderly Men © Arty Smokes
Quit now to reduce your odds of dementia later in life. People who quit for at least 10 years prior to late middle age experience no increased risk for tobacco related dementia. Read Article
Tobacco February 08, 2012 (1)
Still Smoking? Your Brain May Be Defective
Still Smoking? Your Brain May Be Defective © Ed Schipul
About a third of us have a genetic malfunction which disables our ability to regulate nicotine consumption. Those of us with this particular genetic abnormality are at a greatly increased risk of nicotine addiction. Read Article
Tobacco March 14, 2011
Tweens Get Addicted to Nicotine through Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand Smoke Exposure Can Cause Nicotine Addiction in Tweens © Tayrawr Fortune
Children and tweens exposed to secondhand smoke absorb more nicotine out of that smoke than adults do – so much, in fact, that researchers out of Montreal Canada say that some children living with smokers, who had never before smoked cigarettes, were showing signs of nicotine addiction. Read Article
Tobacco June 15, 2011
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