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  • 24 Hours Smoke Free

    Hi, my name is Carrie. I'm a Healthline employee...and a cigarette smoker. So you might ask, how can one work at an online company devoted to providing up-to-date health care information to the public and still smoke? Well, it's not easy, and I ce...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Smoking and suicide

    It has long been known that people who smoke are at greater risk of attempting and committing suicide than people who don’t smoke. On the face of it this doesn’t seem particularly surprising as people who sometimes think that they would rather not...

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  • Institute of Medicine Report: Ending the Tobacco Problem (1)

    Last week the Institute of Medicine issued a 400-page report produced by its 14-member Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use, which presents a blueprint for reducing smoking so substantially over the next 20 years that it is no longer a significant pu...

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  • Is cannabis smoking more harmful than cigarette smoking?

    A study published in the journal, Thorax, recently hit the headlines as demonstrating that smoking a cannabis joint was at least twice as harmful to lung function as smoking a cigarette. So what are the dangers of smoking cannabis and how do these...

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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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