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Smoking Cessation Therapy & Placebo

quit smoking A total of six smoking cessation therapies have proved to have an edge over placebos when it comes to kicking the butt, revealed researchers from McGill University and the University of Montreal.

Conducted on 32,000 participants, this meta-analysis of placebo-controlled randomized controlled trials found that varenicline, nicotine nasal spray, bupropion (Wellbutrin), nicotine patches, tablets and gum helped people quit smoking.

But researchers said that “despite the documented efficacy of these agents, the absolute number of patients who were abstinent from smoking at 12 months was low.”

I quit after smoking 500,000 cigarettes

HEAVY smoker Eddie Burns puffed his way through a staggering half a million cigarettes - before finally quitting.

And Eddie, 62, who had a 40-a-day habit for 40 years, is urging others to do the same.

The handyman and driver, from Hamilton, has been off the cigs for three months - after battling for years to give up.

His success came after wife Margaret, 58, was advised by her doctor to give up. Eddie decided to join her at their nearby one-stop’ support group.

The couple officially stubbed out their habit on April 16 and have not lit up since.

Teens find hard to quit smoking habits

The younger you are at the time you start smoking, the larger are the chances of your getting addicted to it. A recent research says that addiction to smoking at a younger age is responsible for making it a long lasting habit proving extremely dangerous for health.

As a result it becomes far too difficult for them to quit smoking.
Despite of their repeated attempts to quit smoking, they are unable to do so. The report was conducted upon 390 Montreal teens who were asked to fill a questionnaire every three months for five years.

Drug claims to aid smoking cessation

New Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) Here is good news for those who want to kick the smoking habit as a new drug claims to help smokers overcome their addiction.

Unlike other smoking cessation solutions that work only on controlling the withdrawal symptoms, Champix - a drug by Pfizer — reduces withdrawal symptoms and smoker’s sense of satisfaction derived from smoking, says its manufacturer.

“Both nicotine (found in cigarettes and responsible for addiction to smoking) and Varenicline act on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in the brain, which is associated with the addictive effects of nicotine,” says Dr Sajeela Maini, a Delhi-based smoking cessation therapist.

Caught smoking on campus

Caught smoking on campus, you could be paying fine.

Smoking in Delhi University’s North Campus will now come for a price. Students found puffing away will be challaned anywhere between Rs 150 and Rs 500 by officials from the Delhi Police and Delhi government’s anti-tobacco cell.

The smoke-free campus campaign, originally kicked off by Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) on February 14 this year, will get an official endorsement from Union health minister A Ramadoss on Tuesday. Ramadoss will visit the campus to deter freshers from taking up smoking and join hands with DUSU to strengthen the anti-tobacco campaign within Delhi’s largest campus.

GSK Merges Anti-Smoking, Anti-Obesity Units

NEW YORK GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare is consolidating its anti-smoking and anti-obesity brands under a single marketing unit in Parsippany, N.J. — a move that will trigger layoffs. The new division will be headed by a new marketing chief, vp for behavioral sciences Karen Scollick.

Scollick was previously general manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare in Canada. She replaces Steve Burton on the Alli diet drug brand, who left his position in June. On the smoking brands — including NicoDerm CQ, Nicorette and Commit — she replaces Bill Slivka, who is transitioning to a more strategic role, said GSK rep Malesia Dunn. The units were previously based in Pennsylvania.

Quit smoking - and the state pays for your shopping

Participants in the scheme, which will go on a trial run in the autumn, will receive 12.50 pounds (16 euros) a week to give up smoking - or 150 pounds for the three-month duration of the pilot project. The money will be credited to an electronic card which participants can redeem in their local supermarket for fresh food and groceries - except alcohol and cigarettes.

The initiative by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is targeted at the poorest areas of the port city of 150,000. Of the 36,000 smokers of Dundee, about half live in poverty, council figures show. Participants will receive nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) through their local pharmacy, while having to undergo weekly carbon monoxide breath tests to prove they are still smoke-free.

Health campaigners say smoking ban has proved effective

IT WAS a long-running debate that divided the nation before it was brought in last July.
But on the one year anniversary of the smokefree law in England, its introduction has been hailed a success.

Levels of secondhand smoke in workplaces across the north east have dropped by up to 95 per cent, and record numbers of smokers in the region have successfully kicked the habit.

The director of Fresh, Smoke Free North East, Ailsa Rutter, said that almost 21,000 people in the north east had quit smoking since the ban was introduced.

Stop smoking peace pipes

The starting point of this conversation is the simple observation that commerce and culture are increasingly interdependent and indissolubly intertwined. To quote Grant McCracken (anthropologist and author of several books on cultural anthropology): “It’s almost as if the brand can’t have a place in the present day marketplace unless it is worthy of a place in contem-porary culture. It can’t be commerce unless it’s culture”.

The ‘culture making’ power of brands and advertising in my view is not sufficiently recognised. The fact that we actually create ‘cultural capital’ is not at the centre of our conception of ourselves nor is it the articulated role we give to our brands.

Helping people to stop smoking

No doctor needs to be reminded of the tremendous burden of disease produced by the tobacco industry and its products. Doctors need to examine their approach to the nicotine-addicted person.

Tobacco addiction is a constant source of frustration for physicians, particularly those who treat respiratory diseases. At times it seems as though doctors are singularly unsuccessful in changing the patients’ smoking habits.

However, when one considers that nicotine is one of the most highly addictive substances known, and is coupled with a complex series of behaviours that develop as a part of smoking rituals and practices, one begins to understand the tenacity of tobacco addiction.