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  • Thanks to Grand Rounds 3:47

    Thank you to Christian Bachmann of Med Journal Watch for publishing my article onCould smoking reduction improve your health? 7/27/07http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/07/could-smoking-reduction-improve-your.html in his Grand ...

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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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  • WHO adds NRT to “essential medicines’ list

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has just added Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT, specifically nicotine gum and nicotine patches) to the 16th revision of its Core List of Essential Medicines. The core list presents a list of minimum medicine n...

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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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  • New smoking cessation medicines being evaluated: selegiline patch

    We’ve recently seen the launch of one new smoking cessation medication – Chantix (also called Champix outside the USA) and so you may be interested to know if there may be new medicines in the pipeline and how these are being evaluated.One that is...

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  • Increase cigarette tax to pay for children’s healthcare

    One of the most widely supported principles of economics is that when the price of a product increases, so its consumption decreases. While there are exceptions to this rule, it holds true of most items – including cigarettes. Consequently, one o...

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  • All tobacco will soon be more expensive in the United States

    I recently wrote about the impending 62 cent increase in federal tax due on a pack of cigarettes (effective from April first, 2009). I thought it was worth mentioning that there will also be similar sized or larger increases in the federal tax bei...

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  • Chantix safety at the US Veterans Affairs Health Service

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs (which provides healthcare for people who have served in the US armed forces) yesterday issues a bulletin on safety issues with varenicline. In addition to covering some of the safety issues that have been dis...

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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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