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  • Which smoking cessation aids work?

    Every week I hear about another new product claiming to help people to quit smoking. Unfortunately the vast majority of them have no solid evidence that they actually do anything useful. Most are marketed in the hope that there is a gullible idiot...

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  • Celebrities killed by tobacco-caused illness

    Many of us watched the Oscar award ceremony over the past weekend, which is always very entertaining and includes a good deal of reminiscing about past great actors. As I watched some of the great old faces flash across the screen I was reminded h...

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  • As the Smoke Clears

    Carrie here! Well, I hope everyone had a nice holiday and brought in the New Year with merriment and laughter. I have to say I almost slept threw it. Watching the amount of football I did over the holidays, seems to have the same effect on me like...

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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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  • Does nicotine replacement therapy cause cancer (No)?

    A recent research report by Professor Robert Murray (University of Manitoba) and colleagues examined whether nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) may cause cancer. The report was published in the September edition of the journal, "Nicotine and Toba...

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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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