Can a nicotine patch make you smarter?

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A nicotine patch could be used for the treatment of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, mild cognitive impairment, ADHD, Tourette’s, and schizophrenia.

Dan Hurley, author of  Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, is on a quest to make his brain work better. He is looking into the evidence for why nicotine may be the best bet for building brain power.



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E-cigarette use doubles among middle and high school students

More than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide had tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

Electronic cigarettes use among middle and high school students has been rising rapidly, a trend that public health officials worry could undermine decades of efforts to reduce youth smoking and put a growing number of teenagers on a path toward conventional cigarettes.



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A nanotechnology fix for nicotine dependence

The research effort will attempt to design a vaccine conferring immunity to nicotine, using nanotechnology.

At Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, Yung Chang and her colleagues have launched an ambitious new project designed to attack nicotine dependence in a radically new way.



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Nicotine patches and gum won’t help smokers quit long-term: study

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People who use nicotine replacement therapies find it easier to quit smoking, but are just as likely to relapse.

Millions of smokers have used nicotine gum and patches to help kick the habit.  But they have been found to have no lasting benefit and may backfire in some cases, according to the most rigorous long-term study to date of so-called nicotine replacement therapy.

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Morning smokers at an increased risk of developing cancer

morning smoker

Early morning smokers have higher levels of nicotine and possibly other tobacco toxins in their body.

Are you a smoker that  needs a cigarette soon after waking up in the morning? Then, you have an increased risk of developing lung, and head and neck cancers, two new studies have warned.

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New nicotine inhaler: Is it a safer alternative to cigarettes?


Alex Hearn’s nicotine inhaler

There are thousands of ex-smokers who haven given up their habit, only to feel the yearning for the euphoric effects of nicotine. And there are the smokers who refuse to listen to reason and continue the habit saying, “Death is inevitable -whether by cigarette or a car-it make no difference.” Continue reading… “New nicotine inhaler: Is it a safer alternative to cigarettes?”


Shocking Video of Smoking Toddler Shows a Disturbing Trend in Indonesia

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The smoking toddler video is sparking outrage on the web. When the clip of 2-year-old Sumatran Ardi Rizal puffing away surfaced on YouTube Wednesday, it spread to online social media like, well, fire.  (Pics and Video)


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Bees Prefer Flowers with Caffeine


Bees prefer certain kinds of nectar.

Also nicotine!  A study conducted at the University of Haifa revealed that bees prefer nectar containing those psychoactive substances.

Flower nectar is primarily comprised of sugars, which provide energy for the potential pollinators. But the floral nectar of some plant species also includes small quantities of substances known to be toxic, such as caffeine and nicotine… Caffeine is found at concentration levels of 11-17.5 milligrams per liter, mostly in citrus flowers. In the nectar of grapefruit flowers, however, caffeine is present in much higher concentrations, reaching 94.2 milligrams per liter…

The results showed that bees clearly prefer nectar containing nicotine and caffeine over the “clean” nectar. The preferred nicotine concentration was 1 milligram per liter, similar to that found in nature. Given a choice of higher levels of nicotine versus “clean” nectar, the bees preferred the latter.

The presumption is that natural selection has favored those plants that satisfy the desires of their pollinators.  Further studies are underway to ascertain whether the bees are addicted to caffeine and nicotine.



Bees Prefer Nectar with Caffeine and Nicotine


Bees are attracted to nectar which are laced with caffeine and nicotine

Many people feel they need a cigarette and a cup of coffee to start the day and now it turns out bees are no different.  The honey-making insects prefer nectar with small amounts of nicotine and caffeine over plain nectar, researchers revealed.


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Anti-Smoking Vaccine May Be Available Soon


The vaccine is injected and works by creating anti-bodies

Smokers could soon have access to an injectable vaccine to help them break the habit following a deal between GlaxoSmithKline and Nabi Pharmaceuticals, the company that developed the drug.  The NicVAX vaccine works by preventing nicotine in tobacco entering the brain, where it creates an addictive sensation of pleasure.  Trials have shown it can halve the number of people who return to smoking after trying to give up.


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