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Smoking-related health costs down in aggressively anti-tobacco state

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the first states to implement a comprehensive tobacco program, California has realized an actual cost decrease of more than 13% for smoking-attributable costs for 2009, according to an article in Nicotine & Tobacco Research published Wednesday.
 
Researchers estimated expenditures for smoking-attributable costs (healthcare, lost productivity from illness and lost productivity from premature mortality) in 2009 came to $18.1 billion, amounting to $487 per California resident and $4,603 per smoker.
 
In two previous studies, conducted in 1989 and 1999, the annual financial impact of smoking on California's economy was tallied at $7.6 billion and $15.8 billion, respectively. Nominally, the figures show a 15% increase in the last decade, but inflation-adjusted totals show a very different picture: the total cost of smoking in 1999 expressed in 2009 constant dollars was $20.8 billion. Real costs have actually decreased by over 13%.
 
"The California tobacco control program has been very effective," stated Wendy Max, the study's lead author. "But there remains work to be done, especially in light of the changing landscape of tobacco products."
 
Many recent changes in smoking behavior are thought to have contributed to the 13% decline. Adult smoking prevalence in California has fallen from 21.6% of adults in 1989, to 18.7% in 1999 and to 13.6% in 2009. In 2010, that number fell again with just 11.9% of the state's adults smoking. 
 
Additionally, among those who continue to smoke, there has been a downward trend in smoking intensity – more smokers fell into the category of "nondaily" smokers, and both nondaily and daily smokers reported smoking fewer cigarettes per day, on average. Population shifts in the state, including a greater proportion of Hispanic and Asian Californians, are also worth noting, as these two population groups both have relatively low smoking prevalence.
 
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Redwood Scientific to introduce new smoking cessation product in 2016

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES – Redwood Scientific Technologies on Tuesday announced the launch of TBX-FREE: a new thin film over-the-counter smoking cessation product that features an ingredient that mimics the sensation of smoking without any of the harmful side effects.
 
"We are now proud to be able to synthesize such an incredibly proven ingredient and put it into the form of dissolvable strip delivery technology so that people who suffer with addiction to tobacco-based cigarettes can have over-the-counter access to a smoking cessation treatment that does not use nicotine while enjoying the freedom to live without fear of death," stated Jason Cardiff, president and CEO of Redwood.
 
Ben England, CEO at FDAImports.com, will be overseeing the FDA registration process for TBX-FREE. "We are very excited about the idea of a new treatment to help with nicotine addiction and look forward to working with Redwood and their revolutionary delivery method for the treatment of nicotine addiction," said England.
 
TBX-FREE will come packaged in the form of discrete thin film containers that look identical to breath freshening strips so that smokers can have it on hand to help quickly address cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.
 
TBX-FREE will be the second product from the Redwood product pipeline and is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2016.
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CRN’s annual meeting open for registration

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that registration is open for its annual educational and networking industry-wide events, The Workshop and The Conference, taking place Oct. 21–24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, in Palm Springs, Calif.
 
The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science is an all-day symposium on Oct. 21 that focuses on scientific topics related to dietary supplements and nutrition. The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry is a three-day event, Oct. 21–24, that presents sessions and opportunities for networking. 
 
CRN is offering flexible registration options spanning both events. 
 
Reckitt Benckiser's David Campbell, VP regulatory and government affairs, North America, will chair The Conference this year. “I’m so pleased to chair this valuable and highly informative conference,” Campbell said. “CRN’s annual conference has gained the deserved reputation as an ideal venue for networking with top supplement industry professionals while gaining insights from a range of engaging speakers about some of the most timely issues our industry faces.”  
 
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