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Oregon Democrat proposing making cigarettes a prescription-only drug

A lawmaker in Oregon has proposed making nicotine a Schedule III controlled substance in the state, placing it in the same category as many prescription tranquilizers and stimulants. The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Mitch Greenlick, would require anyone who wished to smoke a cigarette to first obtain a prescription…

Nicotine discovery may lead to new weight loss drugs

WASHINGTON — US scientists have figured out exactly how nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant in the brain, a finding that could one day help in the fight against obesity, researchers said Thursday. Smokers tend to be thinner than people who don’t smoke, and the study led by Yale University…

NZ prisoners given carrot sticks to quit smoking: report

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand prisoners are reportedly being offered carrot sticks to help them overcome nicotine cravings as jails prepare to go smoke-free next month. A leaked internal memo from Invercargill Prison said prisoners were being supplied with two carrot sticks a day in an effort to make them…

Sales of electronic cigarettes rise, as does criticism

Makers of electronic cigarettes are reporting strong growth in sales as anti-tobacco laws force European smokers into the cold streets, but campaigners say the device is undercutting health efforts. Spain joined Sunday the ranks of countries that have outlawed smoking in enclosed public space after a wave of similar legislation…

Study: Third hand smoke also bad for you

WASHINGTON (AFP) – You know smoking is bad for you. You know inhaling someone else’s smoke is bad for you. Now a US study says third-hand smoke — tobacco residue clinging to surfaces — is also bad for you. When a cigarette burns, nicotine is released in the form of…

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