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Category: Substance Abuse

August 25, 2016

UNC expert weighs in on e-cigarette debate

Rob Tarran, PhD, says much is unknown about the effects of vaping, but data thus far suggest it is not harmless.

Families, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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July 13, 2016

UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to ...

The researchers point out in a commentary published in Annals of Family Medicine that existing treatments are more effective than e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.

Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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E-cigarettes

June 20, 2016

E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes involved in airway immu...

The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown, but toxicologists at UNC are now uncovering how use of e-cigarettes affect genes involved in upper airway immune defense.

Genetics, Immunology, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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Adam O. Goldstein

June 1, 2016

In all U.S. regions, broad support for increasing legal age of toba...

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that in all nine regions of the country, a majority of adults supported increasing the minimum legal age for tobacco product sales. They also found the most support for increasing the minimum age to 21 rather than to 20 or 19.

Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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Ilona Jaspers

February 11, 2016

Put that in your e-cigarette and smoke it, or should you?

UNC researcher Ilona Jaspers, PhD, to present her findings on the potential effects of e-cigarettes

Research, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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November 9, 2015

New Study Shows Race, Neighborhood, Income Affect Availability of S...

A new study from the UNC Family Medicine Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) finds that where an individual lives may impact their access to cheap or improperly marketed tobacco. Published in the Center for Disease Control’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal, the study by Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, MPH; Hannah M Baker, MPH; Leah M. Ranney, PhD; and Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH, presents the first national evidence that neighborhood characteristics are closely associated with illegal sales of single cigarettes, or “loosies.”

Social Justice, Substance Abuse

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Seth M. Noar

May 6, 2015

UNC analysis shows advantage for picture-based cigarette pack warni...

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis published today in the journal Tobacco Control synthesized the results of 37 different experiments comparing picture-based and text warnings, finding that picture-based warnings were more effective than text warnings on 20 of 25 different outcome measures.

Substance Abuse

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Monica Schmidt

April 22, 2015

Cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012

A new study by UNC researchers has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.

Studies, Substance Abuse

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Image produced in collaboration with Alyssa Schoenwaelder.

April 8, 2015

Functional brain organization of newborns altered by prenatal cocai...

A new study of newborns with prenatal drug exposure finds cocaine-specific disruptions in a part of the brain circuitry thought to play an important role in arousal regulation.

Neurology, Pregnancy, Research, Substance Abuse

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Photo of a child surrounded by cigarette smoke.

March 10, 2015

Repeated exposure of children to secondhand smoke is child abuse, G...

Dr. Adam Goldstein, who is director of the tobacco intervention programs in the UNC School of Medicine, argues his point in an opinion piece published in the March/April 2015 issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

Families, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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Thomas L. Kash

March 9, 2015

Protein in the brain can ‘put the brakes’ on binge drin...

A new study led by UNC researchers identifies both where in the brain and how a protein in the brain, called Neuropeptide Y or NPY, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking. These findings suggest that restoring NPY may be useful for treating alcohol use disorders and may also protect some individuals from becoming alcohol dependent.

Neurology, Research, Substance Abuse

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Jacqueline Halladay

February 25, 2015

Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

How can providers best interact with their patients who smoke and support their efforts to become tobacco-free? A new study by researchers from the UNC Department of Family Medicine and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center represents one of the first efforts to ask this and other critical questions. The study was lead by Jacqueline Halladay, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine.

Substance Abuse

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