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  • Does nicotine cause cancer?

    Every now and again we see a new newspaper headline claiming that nicotine causes some serious health problem, whether it be heart attacks or cancer. Usually the headline is based on a very small study in humans, or a laboratory study of cells in...

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  • Nicotrol Nasal Spray: an effective treatment for the heavy smoker.

    Of all the nicotine replacement products, the one that’s used least frequently is the nicotine nasal spray (brand name Nicotrol). This may be partly because it requires a prescription, and partly because it initially causes some nasal side-effects...

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  • Tips to help you quit smoking

    Patients I’ve seen who succeeded in quitting, sometimes tell me what it was that enabled them to quit this time when they had been unsuccessful many times before. Sometimes it was a change in personal circumstances, sometimes an aspect of the tre...

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  • Swedish Snus: A Reply to Professor Tomar

    Professor Scott Tomar (University of Florida) has made a couple of comments to my January 10th posting about the IARC report on smokeless tobacco. As these require a slightly lengthier response than a brief comment, I’m doing it here.Dr Tomar pre...

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  • Where can you get cheap nicotine replacement therapy?

    One of the main reasons motivating smokers to quit is money. A pack a day smoker in my home state of New Jersey who is purchasing his or her cigarettes on a daily basis is likely paying around $8 per pack. That’s $56 per week, $243 per month, or j...

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  • Tobacco Harm Reduction

    There are a bunch of policy options designed to reduce the harm to health caused by tobacco.Right now, those option focus on reducing exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke pollution, reducing initiation of smoking among young people, and encouragi...

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  • Effect of extended counseling on smoking cessation

    I’ve talked before about the effect of longer duration of treatment (either pharmacological or counseling or both) on success in quitting smoking. Although the evidence is generally consistent with the idea that more is better (including over a lo...

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  • Nicotine receptors take over a month to normalize after quitting

    Nicotine withdrawal symptoms typically peak in the first week of abstinence and return to normal at around 3-4 weeks. It has long been known that certain nicotinic receptors (particularly the beta-2 subtype) are closely involved in nicotine addic...

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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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  • WHY "LIGHTS" ARE JUST AS DEADLY

    “Tar” is the substance delivered by cigarettes that causes cancer and respiratory diseases. Nicotine is the addictive drug people smoke for. Cigarettes marketed as "light", "mild" or "ultra light" are reported to deliver lower quantities of tar an...

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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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