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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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  • Good Bye and Continue to Fight Smoking

    It's time to turn the reigns over. My medical practice has become so busy that I am no longer able to dedicate the time that this blog deserves. Dr. Jonathan Foulds will be my successor. Dr. Foulds is an excellent replacement as he has helped many...

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  • Why Chantix may reduce alcohol consumption.

    Some of those people who have posted comments on my blog have commented that when they were using Chantix (varenicline) their interest in drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana also decreased. There are a couple of obvious potential mechanisms for ...

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  • Winston Man Landers dies of smoking-caused cancer

    Alan Landers, who became famous as a model in advertisements for Winston cigarettes, died of complications of cancer of the larynx on February 27th, after surviving lung cancer and heart disease that he also attributed to his previous heavy smokin...

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  • Could smoking reduction improve your health?

    Although around 70% of smokers say they would like to quit smoking, many are not planning to try to quit within the next six months. A sizeable minority are more attracted to the idea of reducing smoking rather than quitting altogether. It is also...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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