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Pregnant smokers may quit with exercise

A study published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors this month presents new insight into the baby brain of pregnant mothers. It has been thought that pregnant women would have a harder time quitting smoking due to their increased metabolism which may intensify triggers and withdrawal symptoms. This study set out to see if 20 minutes of mild-to-moderate intensity exercise would reduce the desire to smoke and withdrawal symptoms amongst pregnant women. Women included in the study were on average 25 years old, in their second trimester of pregnancy and smoked more than 5 cigarettes per day. They reported clear reductions in their desire to smoke post exercise as well as improvements in mood in relation to withdrawal symptoms. How do you counsel pregnant women attempting to quit smoking?

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E-Cigarettes Equal Nicotine Patches for Quitting?

Sigarette02_copiaE-Cigarettes are in the news again!  The Lancet published a new 6 month study which included 657 smokers to assess the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, and fake e-cigarettes (no nicotine) on smoking cessation. Researchers concluded that e-cigarettes are as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers cut down. In those who did not quit smoking however 57% of the e-cigarette group reduced their daily consumption of cigarettes by at least half as opposed to 41% in the nicotine patch group. Also, 90 % of e-cigarettes users reported that they would recommend it to family and friends making it more popular than nicotine patches. Have you noticed an increase in the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation?  Have you received questions about this from your patients?

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Increasing the “Smoking Age”: The Right Thing to Do.

kk0060New York City has proposed to increase the legal age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.  Statistics show that that 90 % of adults who smokes on a daily basis had their first cigarette by 18. Currently, 4 states and 2 counties have a tobacco age of sale of 19 and in 2005, Needham, Massachusetts, raised the tobacco age of sale to 21 years. New York City officials estimate this change will result in a 55% reduction of tobacco use among persons aged 18 to 20 years and a 67% reduction among those aged 14 to 17 years. Is increasing the age for tobacco sale the right thing to do? Have you engaged in educational in-services or counseling to prevent school-aged children and adolescents from trying their first cigarette?

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The First Randomized Controlled Trial, Studying The Efficiency and Safety Of E-cigarettes.

Since they were first introduced in 2004, questions were raised about their safety and actual effectiveness in quitting the habit of smoking. A recent study, published in Plos One, assessed the use of electronic cigarettes instead of regular ones in Italian subjects who were not willing to quit. A total of 300 subjects were enrolled and were evaluated throughout a whole year. The study analyzed the use of E-cigarettes with three different strengths of nicotine (7.2mg, 5.4mg and placebo) in three different groups. Results concluded that there was a significant decrease in the number of cig/day used in all three groups and up to 13 percent of these subjects quit smoking a year later. What are your thoughts on this? Would this study encourage you to recommend your smoker patients to switch to E-cigarettes?For more detailed information on this study, please click here