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American cigarette manufacturers have filed a lawsuit against the FDA.
The largest US tobacco companies filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
read more ...05/04/15
Interesting facts about cigarettes, countries - tobacco leaders.
Every minute in the world are sold about 8-10 million cigarettes and daily 13-15 billion cigarettes.
read more ...04/01/15
Anti-smoking campaigns run to extremes.
It is strange to what can bring the foolishness of anti-smoking crusaders in their attempts to impose all the rules of a healthy lifestyle, even if they lead to a violation of all norms, artistic freedom and civil society.
read more ...03/03/15
Zyban helps keep smokers from relapse


ROCHESTER, Minn., Sept 17 (UPI) -- Mayo Clinic researchers say a drug designed to help people quit smoking also may help keep them from having a relapse, but the effect wears off once they stop taking it.

Dr. James Taylor-Hayes gave Zyban or a placebo to 429 smokers who already had achieved smoking cessation using Zyban, known as bupropion. He told United Press International that 55 percent of smokers who continued taking 300 milligrams of Zyban for 45 weeks did not return to smoking compared to 42.3 percent of those who took the placebo. But a year after the medicine was stopped, there was no difference in the relapse rate between the two groups. Hayes reported the findings in Tuesday' s issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The longest lasting benefit of Zyban was its effect on weight gain associated with smoking cessation. Hayes said patients in the placebo group gained more weight and that weight difference was still evident a year after medication was stopped. This finding coincides with other studies of bupropion as a weight loss aide. Hayes said on average smokers gain about 10 pounds after quitting, but weight gain often is higher among women. He added weight gain seen in former smokers usually is "caused because former smokers just eat more," which makes bupropion a good option for avoiding post-smoking flab. The drug affects the pleasure center of the brain by increasing release of a brain chemical called dopamine. Nicotine use also increases the release of dopamine and it is this action that causes the pleasure that smokers associate with cigarettes. Eating also triggers dopamine release and when dopamine levels are high enough, one has the sensation of being full or sated. "Bupropion use appears to be linked to earlier satiation," Hayes said. Addiction specialist Dr. Tony Tommasello of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore said while the study demonstrates Zyban can be effective in both smoking cessation and relapse prevention, it also suggests "you can't rewire the brain with a pill." Smoking changes several aspects of brain chemistry, he said. So while increasing dopamine can solve some of the "wiring" problems, long-term success in smoking cessation requires making physical changes that can "re-train the brain," he told UPI. For example, he said a smoker who starts his or her car and then pushes in the cigarette lighter may have to remove the cigarette lighter from the car to re-train both brain and body after years of nicotine addiction. Bupropion was first approved for use as an anti-depressant, which is sold under the name Wellbutrin in both immediate release and sustained release preparations. Under the name Zyban, the drug is only available in long-acting preparations. Both Zyban and Wellbutrin are made by Glaxo Wellcome Inc., which funded the study.

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