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Why nicotine gum and patches
might not be so safe after all:
Scientists discover the drug isn´t just
addictive, it can also cause cancer

Daily Mail [UK], by Emma Innes

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/14/2014 4:39:40 PM

Nicotine patches have helped many smokers kick the habit, but new research suggests they may actually do more harm than good. A U.S. study found nicotine alone could cause cancer. The researchers, at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, say nicotine is such a powerful carcinogen that nicotine-infused products designed to help people give up smoking may not be safe. Nicotine is one of 4,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke. While many of these chemicals are recognised as carcinogens nicotine has, until now, only been considered addictive rather than carcinogenic. It is heavily used in smoking cessation products such as patches and gum.

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Er . . . um, well, no I´d better not go there.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 6/14/2014 4:43:53 PM     (No. 9886110)

A politically correct assertion if there ever was one.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jar, 6/14/2014 4:48:24 PM     (No. 9886113)

Obama better stop chewing that gum all the time.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: antidem, 6/14/2014 4:52:34 PM     (No. 9886118)

Have another patch, Mr President

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Former lurker, 6/14/2014 4:56:44 PM     (No. 9886125)

One lives in hope.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Janylou, 6/14/2014 5:08:56 PM     (No. 9886135)

For those who smoke, it is darned if you do and darned if you try to quit. Best advise, don´t start!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 6/14/2014 5:17:17 PM     (No. 9886142)

Heaven forbid anyone should try a bit of will power to quit smoking. It can be done.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mitzi, 6/14/2014 5:30:40 PM     (No. 9886159)

#6 - Exactly. I quit cold turkey w/o any difficulty.

Just have to want to do it, and able to exercise some self-discipline. Quite simple!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tren9, 6/14/2014 6:35:02 PM     (No. 9886241)

While I suspect that they are right and should be believed, the findings are too self-serving and politically correct to be taken at face value. After AGW we have all learned to doubt what scientists and pols tell us.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/14/2014 7:05:43 PM     (No. 9886274)

O-Kaaaaay.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 6/14/2014 7:07:00 PM     (No. 9886275)

Barry being off the charts intelligent figured a way to use both without risk. He chews a patch and sticks Nicoret gum to his armpit.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 6/14/2014 7:10:18 PM     (No. 9886279)

#6,7, I was able to do the same. I decided that I needed to quit, so I just quit - didn´t pick up another cigarette. My dad did the same.

But other relatives had a very difficult time quitting. They had as much will power, but they genuinely struggled before finally achieving success. One finally decided to use nicotine lozenges to help with the cravings and is still using lozenges years later.

Don´t know why it is that some people seem more prone to addiction to some substances than others. People react differently to prescription drugs, alcohol, etc.,. I don´t know that it really is as easy for some, as it was for me, to just lay them down and walk away.

I do agree, though, that there also are many people who don´t succeed because they don´t want to quit badly enough.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Howard Adams, 6/14/2014 7:25:16 PM     (No. 9886296)

A very poorly written (or an over-edited) article. Ms Jones does not include any citations in the peer-review literature of the research to which she refers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pinchem, 6/14/2014 7:41:31 PM     (No. 9886306)

I wonder how many Anti-smoking nazis are PROUD of driving people to cancer causing agents because of their hatred of smoke?


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Reply 14 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 6/14/2014 8:56:28 PM     (No. 9886348)

I stopped 9 years ago after 35 yrs of Camel non- filters. I can´t comment on this for all the aforementioned reasons.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/14/2014 9:47:42 PM     (No. 9886384)

Could be our only hope.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 6/15/2014 3:02:12 AM     (No. 9886515)

Although this article is short on facts and long on hype, it looks to me as though these experiments have been done using cultured cells in a petri dish. Now, I´ve done cell culture, and such cells are extremely sensitive to minute changes in their environment, such that many things will damage or kill them that the whole organism would simply shrug off. DNA alterations in and of them selves do not equate to carcinogenicity, though many mutagens are also carcinogenic. I also suspect that these cells were almost certainly bathed in nicotine concentrations many, many times what would ever be present in a typical user. But most suspiciously, as others have pointed out, with the current wowserism brewing over E-cigarettes there´s something just a little bit too convenient about these "findings".

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