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  • Walmart sells smoking cessation medicine for $9.

    Last month Walmart announced that it has started selling the prescription-only smoking cessation medicine, bupropion (same drug as brand version, Zyban) at a lower price than any other effective smoking cessation medicine.The starter pack, consist...

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  • Chantix: How Does This New Quit Smoking Medicine Work?

    Chantix is the brand name of the latest quit smoking drug, varenicline. Chantix is a new type of prescription-only medicine that is typically taken as a pill, twice a day. Chantix appears to target the nicotine receptors in the brain that are invo...

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  • Is There Such a Thing As a Safer Cigarette?

    In previous postings I’ve discussed the fact that so-called “light” or “low-tar” cigarettes are no less harmful than “regular” cigarettes. However, in recent years we have seen the launch and marketing of a number of cigarette brands that either d...

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  • Are you a long-term nicotine gum user?

    Nicotine gum was the first nicotine replacement therapy to be launched and has been available for over 20 years. Over that time millions of people worldwide have used nicotine gum to try to quit smoking. Overall when it is bought from the pharmac...

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  • More adolescent smokers becoming addicted to menthol cigarettes

    I have previously written about the increasing evidence that smokers of menthol cigarettes find it harder to quit. (You can find previous posts on menthol by typing “menthol” in the “Search health experts” box on the right). Today I want to highli...

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  • Early test-marketing of snus in the United States.

    Snus is a relatively new smokeless tobacco product in the United States, and is modeled after the Swedish moist snuff product that is heat-treated rather than fermented, resulting in lower concentrations of certain toxins, (carcinogenic tobacco-sp...

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  • Sir Richard Doll: Remembered

    One of the key researchers who originally discovered, researched and publicized the fact that smoking causes lung cancer (and other diseases) was Sir Richard Doll. In 1950 he published a paper in the British Medical Journal and Ernst Wynder and c...

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  • The Nicotine Reduction Strategy

    In my last post I mentioned a “regulated nicotine reduction strategy” that has been proposed numerous times over the past 10 years or so, but most consistently by Professor Neal Benowitz of the University of California at San Francisco. I mentione...

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  • Do menthol smokers inhale more nicotine and toxins?

    I have previously discussed some studies conducted at UMDNJ suggesting that under certain conditions menthol smokers inhale more nicotine and carbon-monoxide from their cigarettes and have a lower quit rate when attending our tobacco dependence tr...

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  • Tobacco tax to renew insurance for poor kids

    If you are a regular reader you may recall that a couple of months back I wrote about the legislation required to continue to provide federal funding for health insurance for uninsured children from poor families:Increase cigarette tax to pay for ...

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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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