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  • Secondhand smoke causes heart attacks

    Last week the U.S. Institute of medicine (IOM) released a new report on the role of exposure to other people’s cigarette smoke in increasing the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks.The IOM requested a 10-member expert committee to re...

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  • Study finds smokers prefer Snus and Zonnic over Nicotine Gum

    A study was just published comparing the effects of nicotine gum, snus (smokeless tobacco sachets) and Zonnic (new synthetic nicotine replacement sachets) for reducing smoking. The study by Drs Caldwell, Burgess and Crane was conducted with 63 ci...

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  • Why did Philip Morris’s new smokeless tobacco product (“Taboka”) deliver almost no nicotine?

    Recently I mentioned that Philip Morris (biggest selling US cigarette manufacturer) plans to test-market a new smokeless tobacco product called “Marlboro Snus” in Dallas. In 2006 the company tested a similar product, which they called “Taboka” in ...

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  • Should You Get A Chest Cat Scan?

    For years, physicians have tried to figure out a way to screen for lungcancer in people who are or have been smoking. In the past we have tried everything from xrays to testingthe sputum for cancer cells. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to be able t...

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  • Nicotine and smoking effects on the brain

    I was recently asked to review a new textbook on Nicotine Psychopharmacology, containing 18 very thorough chapters describing the latest evidence on the effects of smoking and nicotine on the brain and behavior. Much of it, though interesting, wa...

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  • Finding out about smoking and health

    I’ve now been writing this blog for over six months and have noticed that some questions keep coming up that have been covered on a previous post. The site allows you to search for things and has a listing by month of topics, but I thought it migh...

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  • Smoking and suicide

    It has long been known that people who smoke are at greater risk of attempting and committing suicide than people who don’t smoke. On the face of it this doesn’t seem particularly surprising as people who sometimes think that they would rather not...

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  • Institute of Medicine Report: Ending the Tobacco Problem (1)

    Last week the Institute of Medicine issued a 400-page report produced by its 14-member Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use, which presents a blueprint for reducing smoking so substantially over the next 20 years that it is no longer a significant pu...

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  • Is cannabis smoking more harmful than cigarette smoking?

    A study published in the journal, Thorax, recently hit the headlines as demonstrating that smoking a cannabis joint was at least twice as harmful to lung function as smoking a cigarette. So what are the dangers of smoking cannabis and how do these...

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  • US national smoking rates flat across past 5 years.

    On November 13th I commented on a new report on smoking rates and secondhand smoke exposure by state. I was relatively positive in that article, largely because my own state of New Jersey continued to show lower smoking rates (now consistently 3r...

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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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