Vice President Gore Warns of Tobacco Ills
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The greatest health challenge facing the United States today is
protecting future generations of Americans from nicotine
addiction through smoking, said Vice President Albert Gore
(left) at NIDA's July 27-28 "Addicted to Nicotine: A National
Research Forum" in Natcher auditorium. Gore said tobacco
companies are spending billions of dollars to promote smoking
among youth, creating a "deadly addiction." He announced that
the Clinton Administration will increase NCI funding for nicotine
research by $38 million over the next 2 years.
Dr. Alan I. Leshner
(right), NIDA director, said a new study funded in part by NIDA,
and published in the July 25 issue of Nature, found some
individuals carry a gene variant that may help protect them from
becoming addicted to nicotine. "We are very excited about the
findings from this study and its implications for understanding and
treating nicotine addiction," he said.
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