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  • Planning to quit smoking with Chantix

    We are currently approaching the peak “New Year” season for quitting smoking – also a time when people are very busy finishing off their year-end work and participating in the holiday season. As Chantix is the newest medication designed to help pe...

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  • Can quitting smoking after lung cancer diagnosis improve survival?

    Most smokers dread lung cancer. They are aware that by continuing to smoke the chances of developing lung cancer are increased 20 times, and that once it has developed the treatment is unpleasant and prognosis poor. Many patients (and unfortunatel...

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  • Not a puff

    We’re now about a week into the new year. For many people who recently tried to quit, the tricky part will now be staying stopped. In my last post I emphasized the importance of single-mindedness in successfully stopping smoking. Part of that invo...

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  • Want to be smoke-free in 2010? Start preparing now.

    As we approach the beginning of the new year, many of us are considering our New Year resolutions for 2010. For many smokers, quitting will be near the top of the list. Particularly in these tough financial times, many smokers are deciding it does...

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  • Smoking and lung function

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by gradually worsening airflow obstruction interfering with normal breathing, leading to disability and death. Between a quarter and a half of long term smokers develop COPD. Smokers ar...

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  • Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a great Festivus

    Happy Holidays. It’s a time to rejoice, spend fun times with family and friends, and hopefully have a bit of peace on earth. Of course, just occasionally, the holidays can have their own stresses. Many people in the Midwest of the United States a...

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  • 200 posts on “Freedom from Smoking”

    I just noticed that I recently posted my 200 article on Healthline since starting in February 2007, and so thought it was time to review and ask readers for feedback.One thing that I personally find a little frustrating is the lack of a user-frie...

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  • Should health care services provide treatment for addicted smokers?

    Last week’s issue of the leading medical journal, “The Lancet” included two comment articles on the issue of whether it makes sense to fund healthcare services to help smokers to quit.Professor Simon Chapman (University of Sydney) argued that cess...

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  • Quitting Smoking While Living With a Smoker

    Many of the patients we see for help to quit smoking also live with a smoker. They regularly comment that it is harder to quit when you live with a smoker. This sounds plausible, but does the evidence back it up?Professor Martin Jarvis of Universi...

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  • What does a tobacco treatment clinic do?

    Most people who try to quit smoking do so on their own with little or no outside assistance. This doesn’t mean it’s the best way to do it. Nowadays most people also have access to a telephone quitline and over-the-counter nicotine replacement ther...

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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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