Latest Entries
  • FDA: Boxed Warning on Serious Mental Health Events to be Required for Chantix and Zyban

    On the first of July, 2009 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued additional information for healthcare professionals and announced that additional warnings will be required on the boxes of smoking cessation aids varenicline (Chantix in U.S....

    Read more »

  • Its time for pictorial warnings on cigarette packs.

    Virtually everyone knows that smoking is bad for health. But smokers typically don’t give much thought to the effects on their own health until they have been smoking for years. They also tend to be less aware of effects other than lung cancer (e....

    Read more »

  • Institute of Medicine Report: Ending the Tobacco Problem (2)

    The main problem with a 400-page report is that few have the time or inclination to read it all. So let me summarize what I thought were some of the interesting points relevant to smoking cessation.The main section on smoking cessation in chapter ...

    Read more »

  • Does Chantix Cause Mental Health Problems?

    The issue of Chantix effects on mental health gained national attention yesterday when the ABC News program “Good Morning America” covered the story of the bizarre and tragic death of the Texas musician, Carter Albrecht. http://www.abcnews.go.com/...

    Read more »

  • Celebrate your independence from tobacco

    Here in the United States, the 4th of July is the day Americans celebrate their independence from Great Britain. It was on this day in 1776 that the 12 colonies agreed on the text of the Declaration of Independence and the first copy was signed by...

    Read more »

  • Menthol: it helps the poison go down easier

    I’m writing from the second conference on menthol and cigarettes, in Washington DC. This conference was organized to review the evidence on the effects of menthol in cigarettes and to discuss what further research is necessary and what actions sho...

    Read more »

  • FDA Regulation of Tobacco: What Does it Mean?

    On Friday 12th June, the US Senate voted in favor of a bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products. President Obama (who as a Senator was a sponsor of the bill, as was John McCain) has indicated he will ...

    Read more »

  • Could FDA reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes?

    In the previous posting I discussed the possibility of FDA requiring that no tobacco products be allowed to emit Carbon Monoxide. While appealing in its simplicity, such a strategy may have problems in that it could be interpreted as a ban on a wh...

    Read more »

  • Can quitting smoking trigger depression?

    Adolescent smokers are more likely than non-smokers to subsequently develop depression, and adult smokers are more likely to have either current depression or a history of depression than adult non-smokers. So although some have suggested that tob...

    Read more »

  • What About Quitting Smoking With Someone Else?

    Sometimes natural opportunities present themselves to quit with someone else. It could be that your workplace, home or whole state is going smoke-free and this has prompted a number of people to try to quit. Is it a good idea to do it with others?...

    Read more »

Advertisement

About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

Advertisement
Advertisement