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  • Chantix (varenicline) safety being reviewed by FDA

    The issue of Chantix safety and particularly its potential psychiatric side effects have been previously discussed on this blog with many informative comments from Chantix users and their family members:"Chantix: how does this new stop smoking med...

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  • Stop smoking books: which ones help most?

    On this blog we have discussed helpful internet sites, counseling formats and medications, but so far we havn’t yet discussed self-help books that are designed to help the reader to quit. This past weekend I spent some time in Barnes and Noble che...

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  • 2009 Virginia Youth Tobacco Program Conference Presentations

    I was recently invited to speak at the Virginia Youth Tobacco Program’s Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia. My topic was whether snus (smokeless tobacco) might help some smokers to quit smoking. Drs Thomas Eissenberg (Victoria Commonwealth Un...

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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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  • Thanks to “Dr Anonymous” for Grand Rounds 4.9.

    Thank you Doctor Anonymous for publishing Grand Rounds 4.9 and including my post on “Why do some doctors not treat tobacco dependence?”. Grand Rounds is a compilation of medical blogs for the week. There are usually some interesting reads, so che...

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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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  • Is nicotine replacement therapy effective in the “real world”?

    Over a hundred double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trials have evaluated the efficacy of nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation, and the results are very clear: use of NRT almost doubles the smokers’ chances of successfully quit...

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  • Triple combination therapy for medically ill smokers

    Today sees the publication of a new study by Dr Michael Steinberg and colleagues at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, examining the effect of more intensive smoking cessation treatment in smokers with pre-existing medical con...

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  • Nicotine Addiction: How It Can Trick You Into “Absent-Minded” Smoking.

    When we think of the challenges of beating nicotine addiction we usually think of strong cravings and struggling with severe irritability and restlessness. However, sometimes the addiction works in much more subtle ways. Sometimes the addicted min...

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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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