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  • New Report on Cigarette Smoking in USA

    An important new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was released this week by Dr Gary Giovino and colleagues. This report provides details on recent changes in cigarette smoking in every state. It used the best quality data from...

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  • 10th Anniversary of Whyquit.com

    Last week marked the 10th anniversary of a smoking cessation website called “whyquit.com”. Now those of you who know me, and know that website and its director, Mr John Polito, may wonder why I’m choosing to give it some free publicity. The websi...

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  • Wearing the patch prior to quitting

    The normal recommended way to use the nicotine patch is to choose a “Target Quit Day”, smoke your last cigarette and get rid of all your tobacco the night before it, and then start wearing the patch instead of smoking on the morning of your quit d...

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  • Massachusetts smoking cessation benefit coverage leads to dramatic effects on cessation and health.

    Across the country health insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatment - both counseling and medications – has been extremely patchy. For example, we ask all the new patients attending our smoking cessation clinic in New Jersey if their ins...

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  • Introducing Dr. Jonathan Foulds

    Welcome to my first post on the Freedom From Smoking blog. Actually I’m going to refer to it as the Freedom From Smoking “Forum” as I’d like this to be a place where readers can ask questions, get answers, dialogue and share experiences, rather th...

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  • Does nicotine cause cancer?

    Every now and again we see a new newspaper headline claiming that nicotine causes some serious health problem, whether it be heart attacks or cancer. Usually the headline is based on a very small study in humans, or a laboratory study of cells in...

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  • Nicotrol Nasal Spray: an effective treatment for the heavy smoker.

    Of all the nicotine replacement products, the one that’s used least frequently is the nicotine nasal spray (brand name Nicotrol). This may be partly because it requires a prescription, and partly because it initially causes some nasal side-effects...

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  • Tips to help you quit smoking

    Patients I’ve seen who succeeded in quitting, sometimes tell me what it was that enabled them to quit this time when they had been unsuccessful many times before. Sometimes it was a change in personal circumstances, sometimes an aspect of the tre...

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  • Swedish Snus: A Reply to Professor Tomar

    Professor Scott Tomar (University of Florida) has made a couple of comments to my January 10th posting about the IARC report on smokeless tobacco. As these require a slightly lengthier response than a brief comment, I’m doing it here.Dr Tomar pre...

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  • Where can you get cheap nicotine replacement therapy?

    One of the main reasons motivating smokers to quit is money. A pack a day smoker in my home state of New Jersey who is purchasing his or her cigarettes on a daily basis is likely paying around $8 per pack. That’s $56 per week, $243 per month, or j...

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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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