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  • Stopping smoking effects on drug metabolism

    It is widely known that smoking speeds up basal metabolic rate (by around 10%) and so stopping smoking slows down the basal metabolic rate. This is one of the reasons people tend to put on weight when they stop smoking (the other reason is increas...

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  • New study shows how nicotine stimulates drug-associated memories.

    Researchers at the laboratory of Professor John Dani, at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas have published new research that helps explain how nicotine creates memories of drug-related cues. In a series of studies of laboratory mice they found t...

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  • Helping Latino Smokers To Quit

    Spanish speakers, primarily originating in Central and South America, are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. In the city where I work, (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA) approximately 50% of the population is Latino – from a number ...

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  • More reader Comments on “Freedom From Smoking”

    As mentioned in the previous post,I’m afraid I just found out there has been a glitch prventing readers’ comments being posted on my blog So in order to makes sure readers’ comments get posted (sooner rather than later) I’m posting some of them ju...

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  • Reductions in teen smoking.

    One of the most fascinating and unexplained changes in smoking habits that has taken place in the United States was the dramatic reduction of cigarette smoking among African American youth since the 1970s. The “Monitoring the Future” study has doc...

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  • Getting Off Of Gum

    A reader posts, "I have been on nicotine gum forever. I am not smoking but am definitely getting nicotine. Do you think that new Chantix would help me?"There are definitely people who are "stuck" on the gum. I came accross a study that suggested 6...

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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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About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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