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Abstinence is a voluntary restraint from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to abstention from sexual intercourse, alcohol or food. The practice can arise from religious prohibitions or practical considerations.
Lung cancer patients in a screening program who participated in stop smoking study achieve more than 30% abstinence rates

Lung cancer patients in a screening program who participated in stop smoking study achieve more than 30% abstinence rates

Varenicline and cytisine not more efficacious than nicotine to treat risky drinking and smoking, study says

Varenicline and cytisine not more efficacious than nicotine to treat risky drinking and smoking, study says

Study shows efficacy and safety of cytisine as a smoking cessation therapy

Study shows efficacy and safety of cytisine as a smoking cessation therapy

Tobacco-cessation program must be expanded and extended to curb smoking among prisoners

Tobacco-cessation program must be expanded and extended to curb smoking among prisoners

Managing smoking cessation via a healthcare system model seems better than telephone quitline

Managing smoking cessation via a healthcare system model seems better than telephone quitline

Kratom: A dangerous or beneficial plant?

Kratom: A dangerous or beneficial plant?

Sobering lessons in untying the knot of a homeless crisis

Sobering lessons in untying the knot of a homeless crisis

Varenicline improves quit rates among African American daily smokers

Varenicline improves quit rates among African American daily smokers

Hennepin Healthcare researchers test an innovative way to help people quit smoking

Hennepin Healthcare researchers test an innovative way to help people quit smoking

Virginia Tech scientist receives $2 million to examine the brain circuit responsible for high-fat food overconsumption

Virginia Tech scientist receives $2 million to examine the brain circuit responsible for high-fat food overconsumption

Study shows effectiveness of point-of-care smoking cessation program for cancer patients

Study shows effectiveness of point-of-care smoking cessation program for cancer patients

Cancer mortality in sub-Saharan Africa could reach 1 million by 2030 without rapid interventions

Cancer mortality in sub-Saharan Africa could reach 1 million by 2030 without rapid interventions

Discovery could lead to new treatments to minimize cravings in people with addictions

Discovery could lead to new treatments to minimize cravings in people with addictions

$11M for North Carolina work-based rehab raises concerns

$11M for North Carolina work-based rehab raises concerns

CBD and THC may be safe for use with opioid pain relievers, animal study suggests

CBD and THC may be safe for use with opioid pain relievers, animal study suggests

Drug use beliefs are most influential and salient for youth substance use, suggests study

Drug use beliefs are most influential and salient for youth substance use, suggests study

Money flows into addiction tech, but will it curb soaring opioid overdose deaths?

Money flows into addiction tech, but will it curb soaring opioid overdose deaths?

Relationship satisfaction changes in the early COVID-19 phases

Relationship satisfaction changes in the early COVID-19 phases

Discovery could lead to new treatment approach for people with alcohol-associated liver disease

Discovery could lead to new treatment approach for people with alcohol-associated liver disease

Discovery may lead to new treatment approach for people with alcohol-associated liver disease

Discovery may lead to new treatment approach for people with alcohol-associated liver disease