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  • Are smokers switching to smokeless tobacco in the U.S?

    Studies of trends in tobacco use in Sweden have found that a substantial proportion of male smokers have switched from cigarettes to use of a Swedish moist oral snuff product called snus. Sweden now has unusually low male smoking rates for a Euro...

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  • Ten Tips On Coping With Tobacco Withdrawal Symptoms

    Weight Gain:1. Keep lots of healthy, low calorie food handy to munch on.2. Plan a structured increase in exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle.3. Don’t buy any larger sized clothes!Bad Moods4. Warn friends, family and work colleagues that you ...

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  • Comment on FDA Advisory on varenicline and bupropion

    In my previous post I summarized the new information from FDA on varenicline and bupropion for smoking cessation. Before giving my opinion on this, there are a couple of things Id like to point out. The first is that I have done paid consulting wo...

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  • How many medical doctors smoke?

    In many countries medical doctors have been at the forefront of attempts to reduce the number of people who smoke. The medical doctor is one of the most highly respected professionals and patients place a large amount of faith in their doctor’s ad...

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  • Long term nicotine use

    Why do people smoke? Although they initially try it out of curiosity and often under social pressure, people generally smoke because they enjoy the subtle psychological effects of the drug, nicotine. These include mild stimulant effects, helping ...

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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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  • 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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About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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