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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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  • Effects of nicotine replacement for smoking reduction

    This week, Dr David Moore and colleagues at the University of Birmingham (UK) published a review of randomized controlled trials of nicotine replacement for reducing smoking in smokers who initially did not plan to quit. The review, published in ...

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  • Whats the problem with Accomplia/rimonabant (Zimulti) the weight-loss drug that also helps you quit smoking?

    Rimonabant is the name of a drug that has been developed as an aid to weight loss in people who are obese. It is a novel cannabinoid receptor blocker – basically giving an effect a little bit like the opposite of the “munchies” reported by people ...

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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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  • Smoking, smokeless tobacco and cancer (2)

    My previous post discussed toxin delivery from different tobacco products. Now what is the evidence relating use of these products to health problems? Unfortunately most studies don’t collect data on different brands or even categories of smokele...

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  • How addicted are you? (2)

    In my last comment, I mentioned 3 key questions that can be used to assess how addicted you are, even if you never tried to quit. Of course most smokers have tried to quit more than once, and in New Jersey, more than half of smokers in high school...

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  • Smoking and multiple sclerosis (MS)

    When thinking of the health risks of smoking, almost everyone is aware that smoking causes lung cancer and respiratory diseases. The connection between inhaling smoke into the lungs and developing diseases of the lung is immediately plausible. Bu...

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  • What is in a cigarette?

    We often hear that there are over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette. More precisely more than 4,000 chemicals have been identified in cigarette smoke. These chemicals are the product of combustion of the cigarette, and there are a number of articles...

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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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