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  • Anybody else Vape???

    09/16/2014 2:07:38 AM PDT · by djf · 53 replies
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    After having been a smoker for just about 40 years, I made the plunge. I was very surprised - it pretty much totally eliminated the urge to smoke! Well, except for the hand thingy... but it took away the urge! It's been ten days so far. I have a nearby pack of smokes sittin around if need be. Curious about others situations and experiences.
  • 'I thought my e-cigarette was a miracle. Turns out, I was smoking the equivalent of 40-a-day'

    09/04/2014 12:28:39 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 108 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Rachael Lloyd
    When Rachael Lloyd took up vaping, she thought she'd stumbled across a miracle alternative to smoking. Little did she know, her e-cigarette wasn't quite as guilt-free as she'd assumed - as the World Health Organisation is now starting to realise ... Two days later I scurried to my doctor for a second opinion. She asked exactly how much vapour I was consuming per hour. “Up to forty inhalations an hour on a particularly stressful day,” I admitted. According to her, I was inhaling the equivalent of 40 fags a day – at least in terms of nicotine. There was no...
  • Tobacco Serum Saved Two White American Ebola Victims

    08/05/2014 11:37:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, wait for it, wait for it. You're gonna love this. Folks, you're absolutely going to love this. Well, wait. Maybe some of you won't love this. Let me speak for myself. I love this. You know that magical serum that was given to two white Americans suffering from Ebola? You know what the magic ingredient is? Nicotine. Tobacco is the magical ingredient in the serum. It's a Kentucky tobacco plant from which they derive the magical serum that has caused massive reversals of the symptoms of Ebola in the two white Americans. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay. So yesterday...
  • Democrat wants FDA ban on marketing e-cigs to children

    07/21/2014 11:39:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 21, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    A House Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban e-cigarette flavors and celebrity marketing practices that she says target children. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) wrote to the FDA Monday warning e-cigarette makers are trying to entice children with flavors such as “chocolate, gummy bear, bubble gum and strawberry.” She also warned the industry is using “celebrity endorsements” to encourage young people to take up smoking the nicotine vaporizers. “Due to the growth in child and adolescent experimentation with these alternative delivery systems, I urge the FDA to move quickly to ban child-friendly flavorings and youth-oriented...
  • Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

    07/16/2014 4:44:01 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 83 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 16 July 2014 | Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman
    *The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals* To discover whether cannabis really does cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals, we carried out the largest ever study of the effects of THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the drug’s principal psychoactive ingredient). We recruited 121 volunteers, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before, and all of whom reported having experienced paranoid thoughts in the previous month (which is typical of half the population). None had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The volunteers were randomly chosen to...
  • Tobacco-derived compound prevents memory loss in Alzheimer's disease mice (cotinine)

    04/27/2011 7:52:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    VA-USF study finds cotinine reduces the brain plaques associated with dementiaTampa, FL (For immediate release) -- Cotinine, a compound derived from tobacco, reduced plaques associated with dementia and prevented memory loss in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, a study led by researchers at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and the University of South Florida found. The findings are reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease in advance of print publication. "We found a compound that protects neurons, prevents the progression of Alzheimer's disease pathology, enhances memory and has been shown to be safe," said Valentina Echeverria, PhD, a...
  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
  • Nicotine, the Wonder Drug?

    04/08/2014 4:55:27 AM PDT · by jjsheridan5 · 39 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | February 05, 2014 | Dan Hurley
    Every drug of addiction must have its day. Morphine remains one of the most potent painkillers ever discovered. Cocaine’s chemical cousin lidocaine is still used by physicians and dentists as an effective local anesthetic. Even demon alcohol, when taken in moderation, cuts the risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a hodgepodge of other ailments. Now comes nicotine, perhaps the most unlikely wonder drug ever to be reviled. If dozens of human and animal studies published over the past six years are borne out by large clinical trials, nicotine — freed at last of its noxious host, tobacco, and...
  • Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

    04/03/2014 2:26:43 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 123 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03-23-2014 | Matt Richtel
    A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel. The drug is nicotine, in its potent, liquid form — extracted from tobacco and tinctured with a cocktail of flavorings, colorings and assorted chemicals to feed the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. These “e-liquids,” the key ingredients in e-cigarettes, are powerful neurotoxins. Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. A teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child. But, like e-cigarettes, e-liquids are not...
  • Liquid nicotine: Just a teaspoon could kill

    03/24/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 379 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 24, 2014 | Kate Seamons
    It can be bought on the Internet in flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—and just a teaspoon could kill a child: The New York Times takes a look at liquid nicotine, the e-liquid used in e-cigarettes, which it describes as a "powerful neurotoxin ... far more dangerous than tobacco." And with good reason: Reports of accidental liquid nicotine poisonings rose 300% from 2012 to 1,351 cases last year, with 2014's figure expected to be double that. The victims, many children under the age of four, can experience vomiting and seizures after being exposed to even a modest amount orally or...
  • Look at the FDA's First-Ever Campaign Against Youth Tobacco Use

    02/04/2014 6:47:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 4, 2014 | Clara Ritger
    The Food and Drug Administration is launching a new campaign against youth tobacco use. "The Real Cost" advertisements graphically depict the health consequences of smoking, such as tooth loss and skin damage. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, death, and disability in the U.S. Every day, more than 3,200 Americans under age 18 try their first cigarette, and more than 700 become regular smokers. The FDA is targeting its efforts toward the 10 million Americans ages 12 to 17 who have never smoked a cigarette but are open to it. "We know that early intervention is critical,...
  • City Council seeks ban on e-cigarettes in public places as high-tech successor to smoking ban

    11/30/2013 8:33:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 27, 2013 | Annie Karni
    First the city banned smoking in most public places. Now it’s moving to snuff out the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes as well. The City Council announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill prohibiting the use of the battery-operated, tobacco-free vaporizers in restaurants, offices, parks, beaches and other places where smoking regular cigarettes is not allowed.
  • E-cigarettes may be carcinogenic, report claims

    08/26/2013 5:55:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    France 24 ^ | 26/08/2013
    E-cigarettes are more dangerous than thought and can cause cancer, the September edition of a French magazine has claimed. “Electronic cigarettes are far from the harmless gadgets they’re sold as by manufacturers,” wrote monthly magazine “60 Million Consumers” following a study of some 10 reusable and disposable e-cigarette models. “It’s not a reason to ban them, but to better control them,” said Thomas Laurenceau, chief editor of the magazine, which reports the findings of France’s national consumers' institute (INC). The INC has relayed its findings to the authorities, Laurenceau told AFP. …
  • Chilean Mummies Reveal Ancient Nicotine Habit

    06/30/2013 3:19:01 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    LiveScience ^ | June 28, 2013 | Joseph Castro
    The hair of mummies from the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile reveals the people in the region had a nicotine habit spanning from at least 100 B.C. to A.D. 1450. Additionally, nicotine consumption occurred on a society-wide basis, irrespective of social status and wealth, researchers say.
  • Tobacco and Nicotine – Good as Pesticides

    09/06/2012 8:41:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    softpedia.com ^ | 10 october 2010 | Staff
    Nicotine is bad for you and apparently it has the same poisonous effect on pests, getting scientists' attention for a potential alternative to traditional commercial pesticides. Tobacco and nicotine make one of the-hardest-to-get-rid-of vices of modern society – smoking, which can lead to lung cancer and early death. For hundreds of years now, tobacco leaves have been used on a small scale, as a natural organic pesticide, and as the growing concerns about health risk related to tobacco sales are harming tobacco farmers in some parts of the world, scientists looked for a new way of using this plant. Dr...
  • Florida man injured by exploding electronic cigarette (it was in his mouth at the time)

    02/16/2012 7:06:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | Feb. 16, 2012 | Trevor Mogg
    A Florida man got the shock of his life on Wednesday when an electronic cigarette he was using exploded in his mouth. Honestly, you try to do the right thing and it all blows up in your face. A Florida man who finally came around to the idea of giving up smoking decided to use an electronic cigarette to help him try to kick the habit. So far so good, you might think. The problem for 57-year-old Tom Holloway, however, was that while it was in his mouth the thing exploded. The explosion was so severe that it destroyed some...
  • E-cigs: No smoke, but some areas are banning them

    06/04/2011 11:43:16 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 25 replies
    ap ^ | 6-3-11 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va.—That's not smoke coming out of Cliff Phillips' mouth. But that hasn't stopped others from cringing, making remarks, waving their hands in their faces and coughing at the sight of the vapor from his electronic cigarette. "They're just conditioned if they see you inhale and exhale something, it's got to be smoke and it's going to stink. ... They're not even smelling anything," said Phillips, a 61-year-old retiree and former cigarette smoker from Cuba, Ill. Electronic cigarettes don't burn and don't give off smoke.
  • US to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco

    04/25/2011 11:46:02 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/26/2011
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision which said that electronic cigarettes are not drugs or devices unless they are marketed for therapeutic purposes. In 2009, the FDA was given the authority to regulate tobacco products that are not drugs or devices. Electronic cigarettes, marketed under names such as NJOY, mimic the act of smoking and include nicotine, but do not emit the same type of odour or ash. In December, three judges from the appellate court ruled that the FDA could regulate the products as...
  • The Presidential Addiction in Action: Obama Caught on Video Chewing that Darn Nicotine Gum

    07/03/2010 8:14:47 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 24 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 3, 2010 | John C. Drew, Ph.D
    This new YouTube video features President Obama chewing his nicotine gum in public - first at the G8 summit, later at the G20 summit in Toronto and finally in front of children in the Oval Office. I feel Obama's pain. I have studied up on addiction and done plenty of work for charities that seek to combat alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATODs). One of my first jobs, for example, was with a government program called L.A. Link that was focused on reducing illegal nicotine use among adolescents in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I remember interviewing a heroin addict...
  • Deadliest lung cancer breakthrough

    11/11/2009 4:51:29 AM PST · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 1,348+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 11, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    A new pill that could cure one of the most lethal forms of cancer is being developed by scientists. British researchers have found that a drug destroys tumours in a form of inoperable lung cancer that kills more than nine out of 10 sufferers. The treatment works by blocking the growth of the cancer cells and eventually causing them to self destruct. In more than 50 per cent of the trials, the treatment, which appears to have no side affects, killed all traces of the disease. "We are very excited about it," said Professor Michael Seckl, the molecular oncologist who...
  • Surprised? Smoking status doesn't predict cardiovascular death with arterial disease

    09/22/2009 3:38:49 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 54 replies · 2,452+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/22/09 | Unknown
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Could it be good news for smokers? Current and past-smokers with coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, or peripheral artery disease have less than half the cardiovascular mortality than never-smokers, the initial findings from a new study suggest. But don't be so quick to tell your patients to light up: After accounting for potential confounders, the association was not statistically significant. "The relationship between smoking habit and outcome in patients with established arterial disease remains controversial," Dr. M. Monreal, of Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues write in the September issue of...
  • Nicotine May Prevent Bioterrorism Damage

    05/07/2009 9:41:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 507+ views
    UPI ^ | May 6, 2009
    British scientists say they've determined nicotine can delay the effects of ricin used during a bioterrorism attack. Jon Mabley and his colleagues at the University of Brighton found nicotine works to block the tissue-destroying effects of ricin -- a highly toxic compound derived from castor beans. The study was conducted in laboratory models, but the scientists said nicotine agonists could potentially be used in patients exposed to ricin as a stopgap measure before other treatments take effect. The British investigators studied the effect of nicotine on animals exposed to ricin and found it reduced death and organ failure. "The protective...
  • Secondhand Smoke Affecting Millions of New Yorkers

    04/11/2009 6:04:58 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 46 replies · 1,568+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.08.09 | Forbes
    Lower-income adults were more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than those with higher incomes -- 63 percent vs. 54 percent, the study found.
  • Why Nicotine Prefers Brains Over Brawn

    03/03/2009 12:04:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 774+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 2 March 2009 | Haley Stephenson
    Enlarge ImageBoxed in. Nicotine (center) nestled into brain receptor "box." Credit: Dennis Dougherty If nicotine liked muscle receptors as much as it likes brain receptors, a single cigarette would kill. Scientists have finally figured out why the molecule is so picky--a finding that may shed light on the addictiveness of smoking. For nicotine--or any molecule--to interact with its receptor, the two must bind. Having opposite charges on the molecule and the receptor's binding site, referred to as the "box," helps. But the nicotine receptors in the brain and muscles are nearly identical--nicotine has a positive charge, and both receptors'...
  • U.S. smoking-attributable death rate drops

    01/22/2009 5:30:01 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 23 replies · 479+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan 22 09 | UPI
    ATLANTA, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The annual rate of U.S. smoking-attributable deaths per 100,000 people declined by approximately 25 deaths from 1996-99 to 2000-04, officials said.
  • Ban on battery-powered cigarettes (Australia)

    12/31/2008 6:04:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 109 replies · 1,605+ views
    www.news.com.au/heraldsun ^ | 12-31-2008 | Staff
    BATTERY-powered cigarettes, sold as a "healthier alternative" and a way to beat smoking bans, will be outlawed in Victoria from Friday. Distributors say electronic cigarettes have been used by up to 10,000 Victorians since they hit the market a year ago. The Egar device works by heating up a small cartridge of liquid nicotine, releasing puffs of vapour resembling smoke that are inhaled by smokers. But because the lookalike product is not lit, it can be used in "no smoking" areas. It contains no tobacco, but Health Minister Daniel Andrews says its nicotine is no less toxic and addictive. From...
  • Smoker Allegedly Punches JetBlue Flight Attendant In Face

    06/19/2008 1:30:49 PM PDT · by Puppage · 297 replies · 600+ views
    WNBC.COM ^ | 6/19/08 | Puppage
    A Queens woman was arrested by federal authorities after a JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing because she allegedly lit and refused to extinguish a cigarette on the plane and punched a flight attendant in the face, according to KUSA.com. The plane was en route from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday when officials said passenger Christina Szele, 35, lit a cigarette in her seat and starting smoking, the Rocky Mountain News reported. Smoking is forbidden on all domestic flights, but the Rocky Mountain News reported that when a...
  • New 'snus' taking on smoking ban

    03/17/2008 10:21:46 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 31 replies · 1,861+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 17, 2008 | James Nash
    New 'snus' taking on smoking ban Monday, March 17, 2008 3:07 AM By James Nash THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH It might have a funny-sounding name, but snus is no laughing matter to activists who led the 2006 campaign to ban smoking from public places across Ohio. Snus, a nugget of tobacco wrapped in a porous tissue, will be under the lips of thousands of people in central Ohio this year if product launches by three tobacco companies are successful. The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. started selling Camel Snus in central Ohio in July. Lorillard Tobacco Co. introduced its lower-cost Triumph brand...
  • After 43 Years, The Nicotine Habit Is Broken

    05/01/2007 4:57:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 100 replies · 2,082+ views
    In the early days of life without nicotine I am focusing on the positives associated with quitting. The greatest thought is an incident that firmly planted the quit smoking seed into my mind. Even before my diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease surfaced, the wheels were put into motion by a most unlikely source. It came out of the blue from my 9-year-old grandson. As part of the Thanksgiving observance last year at his school, he noted what the holiday means to him. What he posted on the wall in his third grade classroom was priceless. He wrote, “I am...
  • A hard habit to kick -- right, Obama? (Smokers Now Despised)

    02/26/2007 4:50:47 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 42 replies · 1,486+ views
    LA Times ^ | 26 February 2007 | Allan M. Brandt, ALLAN M. BRANDT is a professor of medical history at Harvard University
    PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Barack Obama is trying to quit smoking. There are, of course, many good reasons to. He will significantly reduce his own risk of serious disease and that of those around him by not smoking. But clearly, one of the reasons Obama wants to quit now — beyond pressure from his wife — is that it would be widely perceived as unseemly and inappropriate to have a smoker in the White House. Smoking has become a marginalized and often stigmatized behavior, a sign of personal weakness — which just won't do in a presidential candidate these days. A once-social...
  • One in Four Smokers Will Get Lung Disease

    10/17/2006 1:09:34 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 554 replies · 9,262+ views
    Yahoo ^ | yahoo.com | yahoo
    TUESDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that at least 1 in every 4 smokers will develop progressive and incurable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a much higher risk than previously believed. COPD is a respiratory disease that results in blocked air flow to the lungs and grows progressively worse. For this study, published online in the journal Thorax, researchers at Hvidovre Hospital analyzed data on 8,000 men and women, ages 30 to 60. All were monitored for 25 years as part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study. At the start of the study, all the participants'...
  • Smoke and enjoy the flight

    09/05/2006 5:59:03 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 49 replies · 1,059+ views
    PARIS If Alexander Schoppmann is right, then where there's smoke, there's a flier. As more countries ban smoking in public places, his idea might seem malapropos. But Schoppmann, a German entrepreneur, is hoping to turn smokers' umbrage at ever-expanding efforts to stub out their habit into a highflying business proposal: Smoker's International Airways. As the name suggests, the airline, known as Smintair for short, will probably not be for the faint of lung. The carrier, expected to begin luxury service with only business and first-class seats early next year, plans daily flights between Schoppmann's hometown of Düsseldorf and Tokyo -...
  • Anti-smoker want tougher limits on nicotine (cigarette companies upping nicotine levels)

    09/01/2006 11:01:53 AM PDT · by verum ago · 101 replies · 1,314+ views
    The Age ^ | 9/1/06 | Jill Stark
    SMOKERS struggling to stub out that final cigarette may have new insight into why it is so hard to quit. A report shows American tobacco companies increased nicotine levels by an average of 10 per cent over six years.
  • Report says smokers get more nicotine (Duh alert)

    08/29/2006 7:39:46 PM PDT · by jdm · 15 replies · 448+ views
    AP via Finanznachrichten ^ | August 29, 2006
    BOSTON (AFX) - The level of nicotine that smokers typically consume per cigarette has risen about 10 percent in the past six years, making it harder to quit and easier to get hooked, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. The study shows a steady climb in the amount of nicotine delivered to the lungs of smokers regardless of brand, with overall nicotine yields increasing by about 10 percent. Massachusetts is one of three states to require tobacco companies to submit information about nicotine testing according to its specifications and the only state with...
  • Lawyers Say Jury Made Quick Decision Because They Couldn't Smoke

    08/06/2006 9:44:38 PM PDT · by xzins · 51 replies · 1,275+ views
    WCPO ^ | 6 Aug | Neil Relyea
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Attorneys for a man who has been sentenced to death say some members of the jury rushed to judgment because they needed a nicotine fix. Tuesday the Ohio Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in the appeal of Phillip Elmore, convicted three years ago in the strangling of his ex-girlfriend in Newark. Elmore's attorneys say that the fact the judge wouldn't let jury members smoke or step outside to smoke led them to make a quick decision. That's one of 17 allegations the appeal makes. Lawyers for Elmore also say his trial attorneys were ineffective.
  • Ark. governor: Day will come when cigarettes no longer sold

    08/02/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 229 replies · 2,786+ views
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee, who successfully pushed for a statewide workplace smoking ban earlier this year, predicted Wednesday that cigarettes eventually won't be sold because of their health risks. "I think the day will come when we probably won't" sell cigarettes, Huckabee said on his monthly call-in radio show. "If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were." Huckabee was responding to a caller's question of why cigarettes are...
  • Nicotine 'Sobers Up' Drunk Rats

    07/28/2006 7:40:22 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 35 replies · 1,235+ views
    duiblog.com ^ | 7/28/06 | Lawrence Taylor
    Cigarettes could slash blood-alcohol levels, making smokers drink more. A new study helps to explain why smokers tend to have boozier nights out than non-smokers. The work, done in rats, shows that a heavy dose of nicotine can cut blood-alcohol levels in half. If cigarettes similarly lower intoxication in people, it could mean that smokers need to drink more than non-smokers to get the same buzz... To mimic more closely the effect in human drinkers, (Texas A&M researcher Wei-Jung) Chen and his colleagues studied the effects of binge drinking in adult rats. They injected rats' stomachs with a dose of...
  • Reducing Secondhand Smoke Would Slash Heart Disease Rates, Study Says

    05/09/2006 9:22:14 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 162 replies · 1,624+ views
    fox ^ | 5/9/6 | jenny warner
    Eliminating the threat of secondhand smoke would prevent more than 228,000 new cases of heart disease and 119,000 heart-related deaths over the next 25 years, according to a new study. Using a model to estimate the impact of eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke on heart disease, researchers found stopping secondhand smoke would quickly reduce the number of heart-related deaths. This effect would increase over time, adding up to hundreds of thousands of preventable heart attacks and other problems. National surveys suggest that 4 percent to 17 percent of the nonsmoking population (depending on age and sex) are exposed to secondhand...
  • Nicotine beer to beat smoke ban

    10/03/2005 3:33:25 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 31 replies · 813+ views
    one sport news ^ | 10-3-05 | One Sport
    A German company has come up with a novel way of beating bans on smoking in pubs - put the nicotine in the beer. A new beer, known as NicoShot, is undergoing testing in Germany with hopes it can be moved toward approval in the next few months. Each beer contains three milligrams of nicotine and a 6.3% alcohol reading.
  • Smoking Ban Meeting Planned For Tuesday (Freep This Poll)

    09/20/2005 2:38:10 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 284 replies · 2,568+ views
    Channel3000.com ^ | September 20, 2005 | Staff Writer
    Smoking Ban Meeting Planned For Tuesday POSTED: 7:04 pm CDT September 19, 2005 UPDATED: 1:35 pm CDT September 20, 2005 MADISON, Wis. -- The Madison Common Council is preparing to clear the air on the city's smoking ban Tuesday night. Many of those who have rallied to repeal the smoking ban are expected to attend Tuesday night's common council meeting. Three smoking-related things are on the agenda including an outright appeal of the ban, an amendment to allow businesses to apply for a hardship exemption and a proposal for a citywide referendum. "It doesn't look like there's enough votes to...
  • SOUTH AFRICA: GET THIS MONKEY OFF HIS BACK

    04/15/2005 3:36:01 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 11 replies · 2,269+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4-15-05 | Michael Wines (NYT)
    World Briefings Published: April 15, 2005 SOUTH AFRICA: GET THIS MONKEY OFF HIS BACK A male chimpanzee at Bloemfontein Zoo is wrestling to break a nicotine addiction after picking up the smoking habit from visitors who tossed lit cigarette butts into his enclosure, zoo officials said. The adult chimp, named Charlie, probably acquired the butts by mimicking zoogoers' smoking as they passed by, leading them to toss him cigarettes. Charlie now hides his cigarettes when zookeepers approach so that they will not be confiscated, officials said. Nor is it his only bad habit. Charlie has three bad teeth, said a...
  • Smoking tobacco 'may ease' some schizophrenia symptoms

    03/01/2005 10:49:08 PM PST · by kingattax · 20 replies · 504+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | 1 Mar 2005 | LYNDSAY MOSS
    THE effects of nicotine could help relieve the symptoms of schizophrenia in some sufferers, researchers suggested today. The study, in Granada in Spain, looked at the theory that smoking is a form of "self-medication" for people with schizophrenia. They found that for mildly dependent smokers, nicotine could have a beneficial effect on their symptoms. But the researchers also found that people with a high nicotine dependence were more likely to be readmitted to hospital and have a poor outcome to their condition. The results of the study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, noted that worldwide, schizophrenia was linked...
  • Smoke, not nicotine, is the problem

    11/18/2004 11:20:24 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 43 replies · 2,163+ views
    Sun Times ^ | November 18, 2004 | Dr. Brad Rodu
    Today is the American Cancer Society's 28th Great American Smokeout. The event is certainly a smoke-out -- clean air laws kick smokers outdoors for their nicotine fixes. But is it really ''great''? No! Because the event suggests a wrongheaded option: Quit tobacco or die. The reality is that for the 400,000 American smokers who die each year, total abstinence was impossible and entirely unnecessary. Medical research shows that you can achieve almost all of the health benefits of quitting smoking without quitting tobacco. Nicotine, while powerfully addictive, is about as safe as caffeine, another widely consumed addictive drug. It's tobacco...
  • Warning: nicotine seriously improves health

    07/17/2004 5:17:58 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 329 replies · 4,555+ views
    The Observer ^ | July 18, 2004 | Robin McKie
    Nicotine could soon be rehabilitated as a treatment for schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as hyperactivity disorders. Research shows that the chemical that has addicted millions to smoking has a powerful impact on brain activity in patients who suffer from psychiatric and degenerative disorders. Some experiments have shown that nicotine can slow down the onset of Parkinson's symptoms; others have had revealed its power in curtailing the hallucinations of schizophrenics. 'A whole range of psychiatric conditions seem to be helped by nicotine,' said Dr Dan McGehee, a neurobiologist at the University of Chicago. 'However, such benefits do not...
  • Habits: A Smoke Much Sweeter

    04/01/2004 11:32:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 273+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2004 | ERIC NAGOURNEY
    Sometimes when former smokers go out drinking, by the end of the evening they are hooked on cigarettes again. Why? Researchers say that in part, it may come down to simple brain chemistry. A new study has found that alcohol, even in very small amounts, appears to enhance the pleasurable effects of nicotine. At the same time, the researchers say, nicotine may counteract some of the effects of alcohol, like drowsiness. "It may be kind of a balancing act in the brain — that you're taking one substance to balance the effects of another substance," said Dr. Jed E. Rose...
  • Nicotine Found to Prevent Some Diseases

    03/23/2004 5:03:48 PM PST · by knak · 30 replies · 1,164+ views
    fox ^ | 3/23/04
    <p>LOS ANGELES — For years consumers have been warned about the dangers of smoking, but now doctors say one ingredient found in cigarettes may hold the key to good health.</p> <p>Nicotine (search), known to be a potentially toxic stimulant, has been found to actually do some good.</p>
  • Nicotine gum to hit shop shelves

    03/15/2004 2:00:52 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 10 replies · 291+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 3/15/04
    SINGAPORE is set to partially lift the ban on chewing gum this week, but those yearning to blow bubbles or freshen their breath will have to settle for a chewy nicotine substitute. Starting on Thursday, sale of Nicorette - a nicotine gum for smokers trying to quit - will be allowed. The Government last year agreed to relax the 12-year ban on chewing gum to allow the sale of brands that the health authorities consider 'therapeutic', as part of a free-trade agreement with the United States that took effect on Jan 1. Pfizer, the company that makes Nicorette, will send...
  • Teens Buy Nicotine Patches as Easily as Cigarettes

    03/02/2004 5:14:12 PM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 125+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Mar 2, 2004 | Alison McCook
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers can purchase nicotine replacement therapy with relative ease, despite the fact that these products carry warnings saying they are meant for adults, according to new research. U.S. investigators found that a 15-year-old girl was able to purchase nicotine replacement products like nicotine patches in 8 out of 10 attempts, without showing any proof of age. Unfortunately, research has shown that some teens "misuse" nicotine replacement products, either trying them when they don't need to quit smoking, or using them while they are still smoking, study author Dr. Karen C. Johnson told Reuters Health. However,...
  • Ricin Poses Postal Risk, but Different From Germs

    02/04/2004 5:39:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 172+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 4, 2004 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    The postal system, including the branches that serve government offices, remains vulnerable to mailings of ricin and other poisons despite efforts to improve security since the anthrax attacks of 2001, government investigators and other experts said yesterday. Even so, they said that in contrast to the hazards of infectious agents like anthrax, the risk posed by these other substances was more a matter of disruption than of mortal danger. Many experts consider the public health risk posed by a mailed poison much smaller than that from a mailed germ, particularly the easily lofted spores of anthrax, which can multiply explosively...