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  • Dec 25 2008

    Happy Holidays

    I’d like to wish everyone good health and a merry time this holiday season.This is often a time to overindulge with good food and drink (at least it is for me), quickly followed by a period of thinking about what we’d like to change for the better...

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  • Sep 17 2007

    Do You (Or Your Kids) Hookah?

    A hookah—also known as hubbly bubbly, shisha, or narghile—is an elaborate glass based waterpipe used for smoking tobacco. You have probably seen it in movies based in Arab countries, but may not be aware that its use has become very widespread amo...

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  • Can cigarettes be made less deadly?

    Since it became clear in the 1950s and 60s that cigarettes are deadly when used as intended, there have been various attempts to make them less harmful. These have included the addition of and modifications to filters, and changes in the type of t...

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  • Are Americans Switching to Smokeless Tobacco?

    A recent paper by Professor Brad Rodu of University of Louisville, School of Medicine and Dr Carl Phillips if the University of Alberta suggested that switching to smokeless tobacco is a viable smoking cessation option for American smokers.The pap...

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  • Which kids in the US are most likely to use tobacco?

    The tobacco industry has a problem. Its products kill the consumers when used as intended. Given the high rate of people ceasing tobacco use due to premature death or success in beating the addiction, the industry has its work cut out in replacing...

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  • Facing The Tobacco Industry

    I had an unusual experience last week. I was invited to speak on “The Future of Tobacco Harm Reduction” at the 92nd Tobacco Merchants Association (TMA) Annual Meeting, in Williamsburg Virginia, (May 7-8). I’ve been invited to participate in indust...

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  • Chantix side effects

    Varenicline (AKA Chantix) is a prescription-only smoking cessation medicine that has now been on the market for a couple of years. While studies have shown it to be safe and effective, post marketing surveillance (ultimately via reports by users)...

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  • Effects of alcohol on smoking cessation - 1

    The question of the effects of alcohol use on smoking cessation is best separated into 2 different but related questions.1. Does drinking alcohol increase someone’s chances of relapsing to smoking during the early stages (e.g. first 6 months after...

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  • FDA Regulation of Tobacco: What Does it Mean?

    On Friday 12th June, the US Senate voted in favor of a bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products. President Obama (who as a Senator was a sponsor of the bill, as was John McCain) has indicated he will ...

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  • Could FDA reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes?

    In the previous posting I discussed the possibility of FDA requiring that no tobacco products be allowed to emit Carbon Monoxide. While appealing in its simplicity, such a strategy may have problems in that it could be interpreted as a ban on a wh...

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About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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