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  • Does Exercise Help You Quit?

    We all know we should exercise regularly, but is there proof that it will help us quit smoking? Based on a study out of Austria, the answer is yes.This study found that if you use nicotine gum or patches you are more likely to stay tobacco free i...

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  • Avoid the vacation relapse

    As we have discussed many times on this forum, quitting smoking can be difficult, but staying quit can be even harder. Part of the reason that relapse is so common among smokers who initially quit successfully (e.g. for a month) is that whereas d...

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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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  • Marlboro Snus Isn’t Really Snus

    In some prior posts I’ve talked about the type of smokeless snuff tobacco that is very popular in Sweden, called “snus”. This product has captured considerable attention because in that country more men now use it than smoke cigarettes, and becaus...

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  • Inpatient treatment for tobacco dependence

    Many smokers I’ve seen for help in quitting have made a comment like, “if only I could be isolated on a desert island for a couple of weeks without cigarettes, then I could quit.” Earlier this week a news item from my home country (Scotland) told...

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  • Everyday Situations Can Cause Relapses

    Most people who have tried to quit are well aware that quitting can be an intense battle. One reason is due to the severity of cravings and the role that cravings play in putting us at risk for relapse. A recent survey found that almost nine out o...

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  • WHO adds NRT to “essential medicines’ list

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has just added Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT, specifically nicotine gum and nicotine patches) to the 16th revision of its Core List of Essential Medicines. The core list presents a list of minimum medicine n...

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  • Thanks to Grand Rounds 3.42

    I want to thank Tara C. Smith at Aetiology for hosting Grand Rounds 3.42 this week and including my post on advice for consumers on the use of nicotine replacement therapy.Grand Rounds 3.42 is live on Aetiology at http://scienceblogs.com/aetiolog...

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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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  • 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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About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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