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Vaccine May Reduce Fetal Exposure to Nicotine

April 2007
Describes research on a vaccine developed to facilitate smoking cessation by blocking nicotine penetration into the brain.

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Genes and Smoking

April 2007

Reports on the research underway to identify gene variations associated with nicotine addiction and the interaction of genetic makeup, experiences, and surroundings to addiction.

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Nicotine Alters the Developing Rat Brain

February 2007
Describes animal studies that suggested exposure to the drug during gestation or adolescence may cause lasting alterations in reward and motivation circuits.

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Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Disorders

February 2007

Presents an overview of the research underway to investigate medication and behavioral therapies for co-occurring disorders.

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Marijuana Smoking Is Associated With a Spectrum Of Respiratory Disorders

October 2006
Highlights two studies suggesting significant associations between marijuana smoking and respiratory disease.

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Ethnicity Influences Early Smoking and Progression to Drug Abuse

October 2006
Summarizes findings from a 10-year study that monitored smoking and progress to other drugs among youth that found ethnicity to be an influential factor.

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