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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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  • How have New York and New Jersey reduced smoking?

    From 1992-2002 cigarette smoking prevalence in New York City remained relatively stable, with around 21-22% of adults being smokers. However, in 2002 the city began to implement a comprehensive five-point tobacco control plan, as follows:1. Increa...

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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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  • 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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  • A Smokefree Future: Comprehensive Tobacco Strategy

    Last week the UK Government announced a new comprehensive tobacco control strategy for England. This document should be of interest to other countries around the world as England has been at the cutting edge of tobacco control and smoking cessat...

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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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  • NRT to reduce and eventually quit smoking: does it work?

    The package labeling recommendations and normal practice for use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT, i.e. nicotine patch, gum etc) involves the smoker in picking a day when they will abruptly stop smoking, and start using the NRT as a substitute...

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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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