FDA Launches Campaign to Counter Tobacco Promotion

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With smokers experiencing a number of triggers to use at popular retail locations, the federal government has decided to fight back on the same playing field. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that its “Every Try Counts ” campaign will display at convenience stores and gas stations a number of messages encouraging smokers to quit. The two-year campaign, which will launch in 35 U.S. markets in January, will try to capitalize on research showing that smokers who have previously tried to quit are more likely to try again. One of the campaign's print advertisements reads, “You Didn't Fail at Quitting. You Just Haven't Finished the Process.” The FDA and the National Cancer Institute have partnered to establish an Every Try Counts website that offers consumers tips on quitting and words of encouragement, as well as a mobile app to track triggers and information on access to coaching assistance.
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CDC Report Evaluates Effective Smoking Cessation Methods

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Many smokers become addicted to nicotine, a drug that is naturally found in tobacco. More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than to any other drug – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Quitting smoking is difficult and oftentimes requires several attempts. People who stop smoking often revert back to smoking because of withdrawal symptoms such as feeling irritable, angry or anxious, having trouble thinking, craving tobacco products, feeling hungrier than usual. Federal health regulators continue to de-emphasize electronic cigarettes and vaporizers as smoking-cessation options, even as they acknowledge increased use of the product. The CDC released a 26-month survey of 15,943 adult cigarette smokers, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, analyzing the most population smoking cessation techniques. The study determined that 74.7 percent of survey participants used multiple methods during their...
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Smokers Who Have to Walk Farther to Buy Cigarettes More Likely to Quit

Smokers Who Have to Walk Farther to Buy Cigarettes More Likely to Quit
Smokers who have to walk farther to buy cigarettes are more likely to quit, a new study suggests. Researchers found that for every one-third of a mile smokers had to walk to the nearest tobacco outlet, there was a 20 to 60 percent increase in the odds they would stop smoking. The study included data from almost 21,000 current and former smokers in Finland, HealthDay reports. The findings are published in JAMA Internal Medicine . The distance that former smokers lived from the nearest tobacco outlet had no impact on whether they started smoking again, the study found.
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Many Smokers Find E-Cigarettes Less Satisfying Than Regular Cigarettes

Many Smokers Find E-Cigarettes Less Satisfying Than Regular Cigarettes
A new study concludes many smokers who try e-cigarettes find them less satisfying than regular cigarettes. The researchers say this suggests e-cigarettes may not be a useful tool to help a significant number of smokers quit. E-cigarettes, also known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or ENDS, “need to improve as a satisfying alternative or the attractiveness and appeal of [a] regular cigarette must be degraded to increase the potential of ENDS replacing regular cigarettes,” according to lead author Dr. Terry F. Pechacek of Georgia State University’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. The study found e-cigarettes helped a small group of smokers quit regular cigarettes, HealthDay reports. The researchers included 729 current and former smokers who had tried e-cigarettes. Of these, 101 had quit all smoking, and 43 had switched from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes. Of the 585 current smokers, 58 percent said they had tried e-cigarettes but did not use...
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E-Cigarettes Associated With Less Quitting Among Smokers

E-Cigarettes Associated With Less Quitting Among Smokers
A new study finds e-cigarettes are associated with significantly less quitting among smokers, CBS News reports. Adult smokers who used e-cigarettes were 28 percent less likely to stop smoking regular cigarettes, researchers found. The findings, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine , are the largest to date to address the question of whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit. “E-cigarettes should not be recommended as effective smoking cessation aids until there is evidence that, as promoted and used, they assist smoking cessation,” said lead researcher Dr. Sara Kalkhoran, who was at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) when the research was conducted. She is now at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The researchers reviewed 38 studies that evaluated the link between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation among adult smokers. Of those, they chose 20 studies that had control groups of smokers who did not use e-cigarettes, and combined the...
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