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  • US national smoking rates flat across past 5 years.

    On November 13th I commented on a new report on smoking rates and secondhand smoke exposure by state. I was relatively positive in that article, largely because my own state of New Jersey continued to show lower smoking rates (now consistently 3r...

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  • A Year of Smoking Takes 3 Months Off Your Life

    Last Friday (July 6th) a new paper was published in the British Medical Journal by two British experts on smoking cessation: Dr Paul Aveyard and Professor Robert West. That paper primarily aimed to inform health professionals of the best ways to h...

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  • What is in cigarette smoke?

    More than 4000 different chemicals have been identified in cigarette smoke. Most of us have a very basic idea that these chemicals can be harmful to health and that the mechanisms whereby this complex mixture of toxins contained in tobacco smoke l...

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  • Suicidal thinking while taking varenicline or bupropion

    There has been considerable discussion, including on this blog, about the potential for the latest smoking cessation medicine, varenicline (Chantix) to cause severe depression and suicidal thinking. The Food and Drug Administration issued addition...

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  • The Great American Smokeout

    Millions of Americans are expected to take part in the 30th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout" tomorrow. For three decades, the third Thursday in November has been designated as a day for smokers across the Unit...

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  • 17th Surgeon General, Dr Richard Carmona joins Healthline

    I was very pleased to learn that the recent U.S. Surgeon General, Dr Richard Carmona, has joined the board of directors at Healthline. Dr Carmona was a superb Surgeon General and naturally I particularly appreciated the strong stand he took agains...

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  • Tobacco and Global Warming

    Having spent most of my professional career focused on activities that ultimately aim to reduce the harm to health caused by tobacco, you won’t be surprised to hear that I believe its one of the most important issues affecting human health. But ev...

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  • Smoking and Lung Cancer

    Everyone knows that smoking causes lung cancer. But how big are your risks of getting lung cancer if you smoke and what is it about tobacco smoking that causes lung cancer?For some illnesses caused by smoking, smokers have a 50% or a 100% greater ...

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  • Making comments on “Freedom from Smoking”.

    As you may have noticed, like most blogs, the “Health Expert” blogs on Healthline provide the opportunity for readers to comment. I stated on my first post that I’d prefer this blog “to be a place where readers can ask questions, get answers, dia...

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  • Does nicotine replacement therapy cause cancer (No)?

    A recent research report by Professor Robert Murray (University of Manitoba) and colleagues examined whether nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) may cause cancer. The report was published in the September edition of the journal, "Nicotine and Toba...

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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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