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  • Can quitting smoking after lung cancer diagnosis improve survival?

    Most smokers dread lung cancer. They are aware that by continuing to smoke the chances of developing lung cancer are increased 20 times, and that once it has developed the treatment is unpleasant and prognosis poor. Many patients (and unfortunatel...

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  • Not a puff

    We’re now about a week into the new year. For many people who recently tried to quit, the tricky part will now be staying stopped. In my last post I emphasized the importance of single-mindedness in successfully stopping smoking. Part of that invo...

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  • Thank you Health Business Blog for grand rounds 3:45.

    Thank you to David E. Williams of Health Business Blog for hosting Grand Rounds this week and including my posting on Health Insurance Coverage for Nicotine Dependence (plus a review of Michael Moore’s “Sicko”) . Grand Rounds is a compilation of b...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Immediate and delayed quitting

    Last week I attended the 4th annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (Europe) in Madrid. This is a conference where the top researchers present their latest research findings. As you can imagine a lot of fascinating stuf...

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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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