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E-Cigarettes May Equal Nicotine Patches for Smoking Cessation

Just one study. However, interesting….


From the 9 September 2013 article at Health Day

By Robert Preidt

Monday, September 9, 2013

HealthDay news imageSATURDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) — Electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches are equally effective at helping smokers quit, according to findings from what’s thought to be the first clinical trial to compare the two methods.

However, e-cigarettes were more effective in reducing cigarette use among smokers who didn’t quit.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. They turn these substances into vapor that is inhaled by the user.

The new study included 657 smokers who used either e-cigarettes, fake e-cigarettes (they didn’t contain any nicotine) or nicotine patches for 13 weeks. At the end of the six-month study, about 6 percent of the participants had successfully quit.

Rates of those who successfully quit were 7.3 percent in the e-cigarette group, 5.8 percent in the nicotine patch group and 4.1 percent in the fake e-cigarette group.

These differences were not statistically significant, according to study leader Chris Bullen, director of the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues….

Read the entire article here

Related MedlinePlus Page –>Quitting Smoking

October 1, 2013 Posted by | Consumer Health, Medical and Health Research News | , | Leave a comment

Health Law Helper – Affordable Care Act Interactive Tool

Health Law Helper – Affordable Care Act Interactive Tool.

From the Consumer Reports Web site

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Related Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Resources 

Information about the Act (Obamacare)

Other pages at (US Dept of Health and Human Services)

  • Live Chat courtesy of  the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Prevention and Wellness with information on how many insurers are required to cover certain preventive services at no cost to you.

October 1, 2013 Posted by | health care | , , , , | 1 Comment

15 Maps That Show How Americans Use Drugs – Business Insider

15 Maps That Show How Americans Use Drugs – Business Insider.

From the 26 September 2013 article at Business Insider by PAMELA ENGELGUS LUBIN AND MIKE NUDELMAN

Below is a map of illicit drug use by state, with the highest rates found in the West, Northeast, and Colorado. Vermont is the druggiest state, with 15.29% saying they have used illicit drugs in the past month compared to only 4.29% in Utah.

01_Illicit Drug Use Past MonthSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2010/2011 Survey / Business Insider

Marijuana use follows a similar pattern. Vermont takes the lead again with 13.12% using in the past month.

02_Pot Use Past Month
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2010/2011 Survey / Business Insider

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October 1, 2013 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, health AND statistics | , | Leave a comment


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