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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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  • How to tell if a smoking cessation aid works.

    In previous posts I’ve discussed some of the behavioral steps you can take to increase your chances of successfully quitting. It is sensible to also consider using a product designed to help people quit smoking. But there are hundreds on the marke...

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  • What Happens When We Cut Back

    Heavy smokers who reduce their number of daily cigarettes may actually be getting greater exposure to toxins per cigarette than light smokers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota.Even when smokers in the two grou...

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  • Why did Philip Morris’s new smokeless tobacco product (“Taboka”) deliver almost no nicotine?

    Recently I mentioned that Philip Morris (biggest selling US cigarette manufacturer) plans to test-market a new smokeless tobacco product called “Marlboro Snus” in Dallas. In 2006 the company tested a similar product, which they called “Taboka” in ...

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  • Finding out about smoking and health

    I’ve now been writing this blog for over six months and have noticed that some questions keep coming up that have been covered on a previous post. The site allows you to search for things and has a listing by month of topics, but I thought it migh...

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  • Should You Get A Chest Cat Scan?

    For years, physicians have tried to figure out a way to screen for lungcancer in people who are or have been smoking. In the past we have tried everything from xrays to testingthe sputum for cancer cells. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to be able t...

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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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