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  • Thanks to the Dinosaur for Grand Rounds

    Thank you to Musings of a Dinosaur for including my post about “Why Comprehensive Tobacco Control” in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to health care compiled by a host, who makes a great e...

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  • Tobacco industry guilty of fraud and racketeering, again.

    Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously upheld the historic decision of U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler that the tobacco industry had and continues to engage in a massive, decades long campaign to defraud the Am...

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  • Parental tobacco use and restrictions influence teen smoking

    It has long been recognized that the kids of parents who smoke are more likely to become smokers themselves. Some studies have found that if both parents smoke, their kids are about 4 times more likely to become smokers (as compared with kids of 2...

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  • Wearing the patch prior to quitting may help

    If you buy a box of nicotine patches, you will notice that the instructions for use and warnings advise against wearing the patch while taking nicotine from any other source. Many smokers interpret this as implying that something terrible will hap...

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  • Do you butt out?

    With the increasing cost of a pack of cigarettes (in New Jersey it's around $8 per pack) and the worsened economy, many smokers have changed their smoking habits because they can no longer afford to smoke a pack per day.The simplest way people adj...

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  • Menthol smokers inhale more toxins

    A new study published this month in the journal, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, has found that people who smoke menthol cigarettes have higher levels of blood nicotine, cotinine (main nicotine metabolite) and higher levels of exhaled carbon-mono...

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  • Differing patterns of smoking in African Americans and whites

    I’ve written on a number occasions about menthol cigarettes being more harmful and addictive in certain circumstances. This is a factor that may have an impact on smoking rates among African Americans.But there are a number of interesting differen...

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  • Benefits of quitting smoking early in pregnancy

    It is widely known that smoking during pregnancy is harmful to the developing baby as well as to the health of the mother. However, last week a new study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) which clarified some of the health risks t...

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  • Cigarette Brand Preferences: start young and focus on 3 brands.

    When you look at the cigarette counter at a supermarket or even a chain pharmacy you will typically see a wall of cigarettes and advertising placards touting dozens of types of cigarettes. However, although there are actually hundreds of different...

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  • Smoking after cancer diagnosis: Comment by Patrick Swayze’s doctor on CNN’s Larry King

    Many people were saddened to hear of the recent death of the actor Patrick Swayze, after an almost two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Patrick Swayze was a very successful actor, most noted for his leading roles in the hit movies, Ghost and Di...

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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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