Items of Interest: Research Article

People in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment experience disproportionate rates of tobacco use. California has prioritized smoking cessation among these individuals through the Tobacco-Free for Recovery Initiative, which includes an intervention aimed at supporting programs in implementing tobacco-free grounds.

An article published on MedPage Today details that, even though smoking cessation is recommended at least 4 weeks prior to surgery, nearly half of lung cancer patients continued smoking post-surgery.

Use of alcohol and cannabis during adolescence is common, but what are the consequences? This review of 48 longitudinal studies describes the evidence that alcohol and cannabis use, alone or in combination, during adolescence may disrupt neural processes that are critical to the development of a healthy, adaptive brain and lead to significant deficits in learning and memory.

The tobacco control community has been divided regarding the role of e-cigarettes in tobacco control. One study's projections show that a strategy of replacing cigarette smoking with vaping would yield substantial life year gains, even under pessimistic assumptions regarding cessation, initiation and relative harm.  

E-cigarettes hold the potential to reduce cigarette smoking’s enormous toll. By itself, however, tobacco harm reduction, as embodied in vaping, is no magic bullet. A recent study reported on predicted scenarios which resulted in millions of individuals quitting smoking due to vaping.

The 15 past presidents of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) co-authored an article for the American Journal of Public Health.  n the article, the authors “review the health risks of e-cigarette use, the likelihood that vaping increases smoking cessation, concerns about youth vaping, and the need to balance valid concerns about risks to youths with the potential benefits of