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  • New study shows that longer duration nicotine replacement leads to better quit rates

    A new study was published in Annals of Internal Medicine this week, showing that having access to nicotine patches for 24 weeks leads to higher quit rates at 24 weeks (32%) that using the patch for the more typical duration (8 weeks), which led to...

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  • UK National Smoking Cessation Conference

    Probably the best conference on smoking cessation over recent years has been the UK National Smoking Cessation Conference. The UK is probably the only country to have a national and fairly comprehensive smoking cessation service involving widespre...

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  • Why are mentholated cigarettes more addictive?

    My colleagues and I just published a research study which examined the quit rates of patients attending our specialist Tobacco Dependence Clinic, and focused on the differences between those who smoked mentholated cigarettes and those who smoked n...

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  • Snus use in Sweden: another reply to Tomar.

    I have previously discussed the role of snus in reducing smoking in Sweden, and criticized the IARC report’s coverage of this issue. Professor Scott Tomar (a member of the IARC committee) stated (as a comment to a posting criticising the new IARC...

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  • Study finds smokers prefer Snus and Zonnic over Nicotine Gum

    A study was just published comparing the effects of nicotine gum, snus (smokeless tobacco sachets) and Zonnic (new synthetic nicotine replacement sachets) for reducing smoking. The study by Drs Caldwell, Burgess and Crane was conducted with 63 ci...

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  • Why did Philip Morris’s new smokeless tobacco product (“Taboka”) deliver almost no nicotine?

    Recently I mentioned that Philip Morris (biggest selling US cigarette manufacturer) plans to test-market a new smokeless tobacco product called “Marlboro Snus” in Dallas. In 2006 the company tested a similar product, which they called “Taboka” in ...

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  • Finding out about smoking and health

    I’ve now been writing this blog for over six months and have noticed that some questions keep coming up that have been covered on a previous post. The site allows you to search for things and has a listing by month of topics, but I thought it migh...

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  • Should You Get A Chest Cat Scan?

    For years, physicians have tried to figure out a way to screen for lungcancer in people who are or have been smoking. In the past we have tried everything from xrays to testingthe sputum for cancer cells. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to be able t...

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  • Nicotine and smoking effects on the brain

    I was recently asked to review a new textbook on Nicotine Psychopharmacology, containing 18 very thorough chapters describing the latest evidence on the effects of smoking and nicotine on the brain and behavior. Much of it, though interesting, wa...

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  • Introducing Dr. Jonathan Foulds

    Welcome to my first post on the Freedom From Smoking blog. Actually I’m going to refer to it as the Freedom From Smoking “Forum” as I’d like this to be a place where readers can ask questions, get answers, dialogue and share experiences, rather th...

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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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