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  • How to Quit Smoking With Varenicline (Chantix).

    A friend recently told me that her mom was about to try to quit smoking by using Chantix. She had heard some scary things about the drug and wanted some simple advice on how to use it effectively and safely, and also on what she could do to help.O...

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  • Camel Snus Smokeless Tobacco - What is it?

    2009 will see further expansion of new smokeless tobacco marketing in the United States, including the national launch of Camel Snus. So what is this product? Snus is a smokeless tobacco product that is very popular in Sweden. It has been used the...

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  • Which part of the brain controls nicotine addiction?

    I’ve written before about how nicotine from tobacco smoke affects the “reward center” of the brain. Nicotine from smoke is carried from the lungs to the brain via the arterial circulation in 10-15 seconds. The nicotine binds to nicotinic receptors...

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  • The Enchantments of Smoking

    Carrie again...I think Dr. Kleinman dozed off a bit. But we will persevere. Only this time, we're gonna take a trip down a different path--down deep into the psyche, or whatever it is that makes us tick. I started smoking back in college, about 15...

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  • Tobacco Use Around The World

    A reader from Australia requested some comparative information on tobacco use around the world. By far the best source of such information is a superb book called, “The Tobacco Atlas” (2nd Edition) written by Dr. Judith Mackay, Dr. Michael Eriksen...

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  • How addicted are you to cigarettes (1)?

    The central defining characteristic of addiction to a substance is a strong compulsion to use the substance when the person tries to abstain. Many of us like to do things like play golf, eat potato chips, or drink fruit juice. But if for some reas...

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  • What proportion of smokers become addicted?

    Most people who become smokers initiate smoking before the age of 18. They generally try smoking as part of experimentation, after observing their peers and family smoking and viewing tobacco advertising. It is fairly natural, when cigarette smoki...

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  • Does it help to add nicotine gum to bupropion?

    Bupropion (marketed as Zyban for smoking cessation and Wellbutrin for depression) is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective for smoking cessation. It is taken in tablet form. There are also a number of nicotine repla...

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  • A Smokefree Future: Comprehensive Tobacco Strategy

    Last week the UK Government announced a new comprehensive tobacco control strategy for England. This document should be of interest to other countries around the world as England has been at the cutting edge of tobacco control and smoking cessat...

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  • How have New York and New Jersey reduced smoking?

    From 1992-2002 cigarette smoking prevalence in New York City remained relatively stable, with around 21-22% of adults being smokers. However, in 2002 the city began to implement a comprehensive five-point tobacco control plan, as follows:1. Increa...

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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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