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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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  • Report on Tobacco Harm Reduction by Royal College of Physicians

    The Royal College of Physicians of London (established in 1518) has a long history of producing influential, cutting edge reports on topics of critical importance to public health. For example, the RCP’s 1962 report “Smoking and Health” was the fi...

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  • Smokefree Movies for Kids

    As many of you may know, the famous tobacco control scientist and advocate, Professor Stan Glantz, has over the past few years been focusing on the issue of depictions of smoking in movies. Part of the concern stems from good evidence that young p...

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  • Do ex-smokers feel happier?

    Do ex-smokers feel happier? Although the first month after stopping smoking is characterized by a period of feeling grumpy, anxious and miserable, there is evidence that in the longer run, ex-smokers report feeling less stressed than they did whi...

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  • New study of Chantix in comparison with NRT

    Recently there has been some concern over side-effects experienced by a minority of people using Chantix (varenicline). Although Chantix had a remarkably good safety and efficacy record in the clinical trials conducted prior to its launch, those ...

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  • 200 posts on “Freedom from Smoking”

    I just noticed that I recently posted my 200 article on Healthline since starting in February 2007, and so thought it was time to review and ask readers for feedback.One thing that I personally find a little frustrating is the lack of a user-frie...

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  • Should health care services provide treatment for addicted smokers?

    Last week’s issue of the leading medical journal, “The Lancet” included two comment articles on the issue of whether it makes sense to fund healthcare services to help smokers to quit.Professor Simon Chapman (University of Sydney) argued that cess...

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  • Quitting Smoking While Living With a Smoker

    Many of the patients we see for help to quit smoking also live with a smoker. They regularly comment that it is harder to quit when you live with a smoker. This sounds plausible, but does the evidence back it up?Professor Martin Jarvis of Universi...

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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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