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NIDA Notes Articles: Smoking

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Sensory Aspects of Smoking May Counter Bad Mood, Craving

October 2009
Describes study findings revealing that the act of smoking, apart from actual or expected nicotine delivery, may soothe a smoker's negative mood.

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Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage

November 2009
Describes research providing evidence that genes may influence how successful a person is in quitting smoking and which cessation technique may work best for them.

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Smoking Cessation Does Not Interfere With Recovery From Substance Use

October 2014
Despite common concerns that encouraging patients to quit smoking might endanger their success in treatment of substance use and mood or anxiety disorders, smoking cessation appears unlikely to hinder and may even help recovery.

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Standard Treatments Help Depressed Smokers Quit

April 2007
Describes a study comparing Staged Care Intervention, a combination treatment for smoking cessation, among smokers in outpatient treatment for depression and a control group.

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Stimulus Money Will Fund a Surge in Knowledge

April 2009
Describes NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research priorities for the use of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds.

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Studies Link Family of Genes to Nicotine Addiction

December 2009
Reports study results suggesting that genes for several acetylcholine receptor proteins influence early smoking responses and the likelihood of nicotine dependence.

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Study Finds Genetic Influence on African Americans’ Smoking

November 2013
A meta-analysis of 13 genome-wide association studies of African Americans’ smoking patterns confirms the significance of genetic variation in region 15q25.1. The analysis also tentatively implicates several genome locations that have not previously been associated with smoking behaviors.

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Substance Abuse Among Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

November 2009
Highlights the need for research to assess and find solutions to a potential rise in substance abuse among service men and women, veterans, and their families.

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Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline

March 2008
Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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Teens With Unhealthy Weight-Control Behavior Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

December 2009
Highlights data on unhealthy eating behaviors, such as fasting or purging, and substance abuse problems among teens.

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