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Nicotine chewing gum, lozenges and inhalers designed to
help people to give up smoking may have the potential to
cause cancer, research has suggested. A study led by
Dr Muy-Teck Teh of Queen Mary University of London has
found that the effects of a genetic mutation that is common
in mouth cancer can be worsened by nicotine in the
levels that are typically found in smoking cessation
products. The Times 22
Researchers have discovered a reason why smoking greatly
increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Nicotine
promotes insulin resistance, also called prediabetes,
which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,
according to a study presented at The Endocrine
Society. 11 06 09
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The Oral Cancer
Foundation called for the U.S. Senate to grant the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco
products in response to the tobacco industry's most
aggressive marketing campaign targeted at women and girls in
over a decade.
"The percentage of oral cancer patients represented by women
has increased tremendously over the past four decades, and
we believe the marketing efforts of the tobacco industry is
a major causal factor," said Brian Hill, founder of the Oral
Cancer Foundation. "Before Virginia Slims began aggressively
targeting women in the 1960s, roughly one-in-ten oral cancer
victims was female. Since then, the ratio has quintupled to
one-in-two." Hill also noted that lung cancer surpassed
breast cancer as the number one cancer killer of women in
1987, and that while overall cancer rates are declining for
men and women, lung cancer is not declining among women.
Moreover, smoking puts women and girls at greater risk of a
wide range of other deadly diseases, including heart
attacks, strokes and emphysema.
Hill cited "Deadly in Pink: Big Tobacco Steps Up Its
Targeting of Women and Girls," a comprehensive report
recently issued by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action
Network, American Heart Association, American Lung
Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids. The report studied numerous tobacco
"In reading this report, three conclusions seem
inescapable," said Hill. "First, the marketing campaigns of
the leading tobacco companies have - unfortunately - been
extremely effective. Second, the managements of these
companies have a complete disregard for the health of the
women and girls they are attempting to persuade to smoke
their cigarettes. And third, the inability of these
companies to voluntarily engage in safe and responsible
behavior dictates that the FDA must be given authority to
regulate their marketing activities."
In the U.S. alone, each year tobacco use kills more than
400,000 people and costs the nation $96 billion in health
care. About 90 percent of adult smokers start in their teens
or earlier. Every day, another 1,000 kids become regular
smokers, and one-third of them will die prematurely as a
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