Link between facultative melanin and tobacco use among African Americans

@article{King2009LinkBF,
  title={Link between facultative melanin and tobacco use among African Americans},
  author={Gary R. King and Valerie B. Yerger and Guy-Lucien Whembolua and Robert B. Bendel and Eric T. Moolchan},
  journal={Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior},
  year={2009},
  volume={92},
  pages={589-596}
}
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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