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Plain tobacco packaging encourages more people to stop smoking and fewer to start

Consumers perceive plain packaging as ugly and dull - it decreases the attractiveness of tobacco products and smoking, particularly to young people and women. A new evidence brief confirms the effect[...]

Quitting smoking: An early non-motor feature of Parkinson's disease?

The reduced prevalence of current smokers among PD subjects as compared to healthy controls is consistent with previous findings, suggesting a possible neuroprotective effect of smoking. However, it [...]

e-Cigarettes policy guide

As the Tobacco Products Directive will be soon implemented at national level, EFA and ENSP we have developed a guide for EU Member States with recommendations on the regulation of electronic cigarett[...]

Beneficial effects of nicotine, cotinine and its metabolites as potential agents for Parkinson's disease

The effect of nicotine and some of its derivatives on dopaminergic neurons viability, neuroinflammation, and motor and memory functions, have been investigated using cellular and rodent models of PD.[...]

Hypocritical spending: European Parliament again votes to continue subsidies for tobacco growing

The European Parliament voted last week to once again prolong subsidies [...]

Research Headlines - New stent to help lung cancer victims breathe easier

Many lung cancer patients have trouble breathing - and if they can't be cured, the struggle for air can become a relentless ordeal. Pulmonary stents - tubes inserted in the lung - can help. EU-funded[...]

Call for proposals: 'Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. Prevention and treatment of lung diseases'

Research Participant Portal is your entry point for electronic administration of EU-funded research and innovation projects[...]

AQW051, a novel and selective nicotinic acetylcholine receptor α7 partial agonist, reduces l-Dopa-induced dyskinesias ...

These data suggest that a history of smoking is associated with better olfaction among PD patients. The finding may be related to why smoking may be protective against PD. Further studies are needed [...]

[Press release] The European Parliament will not gain people's trust by continuing to contribute to the burden of chronic disease in the form of tobacco subsidies

Brussels, 23 October 2014 - Among all the furore yesterday of the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops (1). While on the one hand ma[...]

Parkinson disease and smoking revisited

Authors propose that ease of smoking cessation is an aspect of premanifest PD similar to olfactory dysfunction, REM sleep disorders, or constipation and suggests that the apparent neuroprotective eff[...]

Who is afraid of smoking bans? An evaluation of the effects of the Spanish clean air law on expenditure at hospitality venues

In January 2011 Spain modified clean air legislation in force since 2006, removing all existing exceptions applicable to hospitality venues. Although this legal reform was backed by all political par[...]

The α7 nicotinic receptor agonist ABT-107 decreases L-dopa-induced dyskinesias in parkinsonian monkeys

The present results suggest that drugs targeting either α7 or β2 nAChRs may be useful as antidyskinetic agents in Parkinson's disease.[...]

[Press release] France is on the right track in the fight against tobacco epidemic in Europe

September 25 2014, Brussels - Today, the French government outlined new legislation (1) to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes following Ireland (2) and the UK's recent initiatives (3). I[...]

Parkinson disease and smoking revisited

Authors propose that ease of smoking cessation is an aspect of premanifest PD similar to olfactory dysfunction, REM sleep disorders, or constipation and suggests that the apparent neuroprotective eff[...]


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