Link between facultative melanin and tobacco use among African Americans

  title={Link between facultative melanin and tobacco use among African Americans},
  author={G. King and V. Yerger and Guy-Lucien Whembolua and R. Bendel and E. Moolchan},
  journal={Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior},
  • G. King, V. Yerger, +2 authors E. Moolchan
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
  • Nicotine's affinity for melanin-containing tissues may result from its precursor function in melanin synthesis or the irreversible binding of melanin and nicotine. The objective of this study was to investigate a hypothesized association of tobacco use, dependence, and nicotine exposure with melanin pigmentation among African American smokers. A criterion-based sample was employed to collect data from a study of 147 adult African American current smokers. Carbon monoxide, saliva cotinine… CONTINUE READING
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