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Pfizer, Alex Therapeutics Commercialize a Digital Therapy to Help with Smoking

Article Excerpt: Pfizer is partnering with Swedish digital therapeutics (DTx) company Alex Therapeutics to commercialize a smartphone-based nicotine cessation program (dubbed Eila). Currently, Pfizer is helping get the DTx clinically validated. The companies plan to commercialize the DTx in Germany first, and eventually to other international markets.

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Article Source: Insider Intelligence eMarketer


New Study Asks Which Smartphone Treatments Best Help Smokers Quit

Article Excerpt: Could your smartphone hold the key to quitting smoking? As new, technology-powered smoking cessation tools become available, a University of Florida research team is aiming to determine which ones work the best in real-world settings. In a newly funded study, psychologist JESSE DALLERY, PhD, along with implementation scientist RAMZI SALLOUM, PhD, will compare the impact of smartphone-delivered treatments to help smokers kick the habit and lead tobacco-free lives.

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Article Source: University of Florida News


F.D.A. Authorizes E-Cigarettes to Stay on U.S. Market for the First Time

Article Excerpt: The Food and Drug Administration for the first time on Tuesday authorized an electronic cigarette to be sold in the United States, a significant turn in one of the most contentious public health debates in decades. In greenlighting a device and tobacco-flavored cartridges marketed by R.J. Reynolds under the brand name Vuse, the agency signaled that it believed that the help certain vaping devices offer smokers to quit traditional cigarettes is more significant than the risks of ensnaring a new generation.

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Article Source: The New York Times


Text Message Vaping Intervention May Help Young Adults Quit

Article Excerpt: A text message-based intervention promotes vaping cessation in young adults, according to study results published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Although e-cigarettes, aka vaping, are the most common type of tobacco use among adults age 18 to 24, there are few, if any vaping cessation programs available. The researchers developed an intervention based on text messages as a possible solution.

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Article Source: Psychiatry Advisor


FDA Unveils Campaign to Support Tobacco Smokers Quit Smoking

Article Excerpt: The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has launched a year-long campaign dubbed: “Commit to Quit,” aimed at supporting tobacco smokers to abandon smoking as it poses enormous health hazards on their wellbeing. Activities of the campaign will include rolling out of routine public education in schools, market places and transport terminals to serve as a platform for speaking on specific challenges smokers encounter in their quest to quit tobacco smoking. The crusade would advocate stronger tobacco cessation policies, increase access to cessation services, raise awareness of tobacco industry tactics and empower smokers to make successful quit attempts through “quit and win” initiatives.

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Article Source: Ghana Web


How Wearables Can Fight Addictions

Article Excerpt: As technology progresses and continues to rid us of many of our natural limitations and ailments, it is often accused of spawning new problems. For instance, the proliferation of the internet, and the dark web, in particular, has made addictive opioids more accessible than before. Although news like these show modern technology in a bad light, the positive impact made by technology is much more significant and should not be ignored. In fact, modern technological applications like AI, big data, and IoT are offering us solutions to most of our illnesses, saving thousands of lives every year.

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Article Source: BBN Times


Latest Research Delineates the Effectiveness of “Quitlines” for Smoking Cessation

Article Excerpt: While cigarette smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S., the evidence base for cessation support has revealed that telephone call centers, or “quitlines,” have been a particularly successful intervention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recently published a compilation of scientific research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Article Source: EurekAlert!


How AI-powered ‘Puff Technology’ Can Help Smokers Quit

Article Excerpt: Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK launched a new study¹ this week to help understand the smoking habits of e-cigarette users. The research will be used to develop an artificial intelligence program that could be used to help smokers quit tobacco. The team, led by Emma Ward and Felix Naughton, both doctors from UEA’s Norwich Medical School and School of Health Sciences respectively, will use a monitoring device that attaches to tank-based e-cigarettes and measures how many inhalations a smoker takes and the duration between these ‘puffs.’

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Article Source: AZO Robotics


Using Big Data to Identify Genetic, Neural Bases for Substance Use Disorder

Article Excerpt: One of the challenges for researchers studying SUDs (substance use disorders) is that there might be different underlying mechanisms or pathways that cause someone to become addicted to a certain substance, and the specific neurological and genetic factors that account for heterogeneous clinical manifestation are poorly understood. Professor Jinbo Bi in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop machine learning algorithms to help identify SUD subcategories based on clinical, neuroimaging, and genetic data.

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Article Source: Mirage News