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Matt Bars, a Global Expert in Smoking Cessation, Joins Next Safety as Chairman

Next Safety, Inc. has developed the most effective pulmonary nicotine delivery device to help people quit smoking

JEFFERSON, N.C., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Matthew P. Bars, MS, CTTS, has joined Next Safety, Inc. (NSI) as chairman. In his smoking cessation work, he has appeared on the NBC Today Show several times, as well as the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC and CNN.

Mr. Bars has a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He is a consultant and key opinion-maker for many pharmaceutical, healthcare, and medical diagnostic companies and has been engaged in the treatment, management, and administration of nicotine addiction services since 1980.

Mr. Bars is a contributing editor to the National Cancer Institute's "Clearing the Air" stop-smoking publication. He is also the expert consultant and director for smoking cessation for the Fire Department of New York City and the co-developer of the "Tobacco Free with the New York FD" program. He is the current clinical director of the Palisades Medical Center's IQuit Smoking Program (an affiliate of the Columbia University New York Presbyterian Healthcare System and a director of the IQuit Smoking Consultation Service).

"I have worked against nicotine addiction for almost 30 years and I am excited to be working with a company that is poised to save lives with what I have named 'the Next Step' in nicotine replacement therapy," said Mr. Bars.

In human trials, utilizing the Next Safety Platform, the device was highly effective in the pulmonary delivery of nicotine and other drugs. The phase I trials included blood results that were independently measured by a leading laboratory at a major academic research institution. Participants reported significant psychoactive effects.

NSI's proprietary platform is a powerful new method for the pulmonary delivery of drugs; the small handheld device will allow the user to inhale nicotine vapor and other drugs from an air stream with a high degree of control and safety. The company's manufacturing partners for the production of its nicotine delivery device are large global companies with more than 150 combined international sites, including a number of FDA-approved manufacturing facilities in the US.

NSI has an agreement with a major US-based pharmaceutical company to supply pharmaceutical-grade nicotine. NSI expects the price of an equivalent amount of nicotine delivered by its device, as compared to the amount of nicotine delivered by a carton of cigarettes, to be less than 10% of the current average market price in the US.

In addition, NSI is testing other drugs that use its new pulmonary drug delivery platform for a number of leading pharmaceutical companies. These drugs include treatments for asthma, pulmonary infections, and the delivery of proteins to treat certain types of cancer as well as insulin and proteins for treating other conditions.


    Eric Hunter

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