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  • Is There Such a Thing As a Safer Cigarette?

    In previous postings I’ve discussed the fact that so-called “light” or “low-tar” cigarettes are no less harmful than “regular” cigarettes. However, in recent years we have seen the launch and marketing of a number of cigarette brands that either d...

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  • Differing patterns of smoking in African Americans and whites

    I’ve written on a number occasions about menthol cigarettes being more harmful and addictive in certain circumstances. This is a factor that may have an impact on smoking rates among African Americans.But there are a number of interesting differen...

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  • Cardiologists should do more for smoking cessation

    Last week the leading medical journal, “The Lancet” had a special focus on cardiovascular disease. One of the key research papers concluded that despite greatly increased prescribing of antihypertensive and lipid-lowering drugs we are still doing ...

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  • Carcinogens from smoking and smokeless tobacco use (1)

    This month an interesting study by Professor Stephen Hecht and colleagues at University of Minnesota was published in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The study compared cigarette smokers with smokeless tobacco users ...

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  • Can Smoking Cessation Internet Sites Help You Quit?

    Many smokers use the internet to seek help in stopping smoking. Thousands of websites (including this one) provide basic information and advice on stopping smoking, and over 30 focus on providing direct smoking cessation assistance (e.g. a tailor...

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  • Sidestream cigarette smoke more toxic than mainstream smoke

    In my last post about tobacco smoke pollution I mentioned the puzzling fact that although exposure to tobacco smoke pollution (TSP or ETS or SHS) gives about 1-5% of the smoke dose of active smoking, it gives a proportionately bigger increase in s...

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  • How many cigarettes does it take to become addicted?

    Only 35 years ago, pioneering health scientists identified smoking as an addiction, and it was only as recently as 20 years ago was there scientific consensus in the public health community that tobacco smoking is typically an addiction to nicotin...

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  • Vote for Healthline for Webby Award

    Healthline has been nominated for the prestigious Webby Award in the category of “Health."The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences will choose Webby Award winners, but the People’s Choice Webby lets you decide. It’s easy:Simply log o...

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  • Congress votes for FDA tobacco regulation

    The U.S. House of Representatives today voted by a majority of more than two-thirds (326 v 102) to give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products. For this piece of legislation to become law, the Senate would also...

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  • Buy cigarettes on the internet? Expect a large invoice.

    As many states raise the excise tax on cigarettes, smokers in high-tax states are sometimes tempted to go online and save money by ordering from an out-of-state discount store to avoid paying the tax.Many states (34 by 2006) have now passed laws ...

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MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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