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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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  • What about flavored cigars?

    Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the power to regulate tobacco products we will see more meaningful moves to reduce the harmfulness and addictiveness of tobacco, as well as to reduce its addictiveness to young people. Howe...

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  • State-specific prevalence of cigarette smoking.

    In previous posts I’ve discussed international differences in tobacco use, which showed that by international standards, male cigarette smoking prevalence is relatively low in the United States, but female smoking prevalence is higher in the US th...

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  • "Cold Turkey" is for the Birds

    Hi again! Carrie here. I wanted to briefly update everyone regarding my 24 hours of being smoke free AND to answer Dr. Kleinman's previous post. Well, it wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. On average, I smoke between 7 to 10 cigarette...

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  • Wearing the patch prior to quitting

    The normal recommended way to use the nicotine patch is to choose a “Target Quit Day”, smoke your last cigarette and get rid of all your tobacco the night before it, and then start wearing the patch instead of smoking on the morning of your quit d...

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  • Massachusetts smoking cessation benefit coverage leads to dramatic effects on cessation and health.

    Across the country health insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatment - both counseling and medications – has been extremely patchy. For example, we ask all the new patients attending our smoking cessation clinic in New Jersey if their ins...

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  • Group Smoking Cessation Classes:

    Hi everyone! I'm Carrie, and I've been contributing to this blog off and on, documenting my experiences with tobacco dependence. My contribution has been an experiment of sorts--providing a patient's perspective along with experts in the field of ...

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  • Chantix (varenicline) Safety

    Last week a report was released by an organization called the “Institute for Safe Medication Practices” (ISMP) which claimed to have safety concerns about Chantix (varenicline, also marketed as Champix outside the United States). The Executive Sum...

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  • Chantix (varenicline) safety being reviewed by FDA

    The issue of Chantix safety and particularly its potential psychiatric side effects have been previously discussed on this blog with many informative comments from Chantix users and their family members:"Chantix: how does this new stop smoking med...

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  • Stop smoking books: which ones help most?

    On this blog we have discussed helpful internet sites, counseling formats and medications, but so far we havn’t yet discussed self-help books that are designed to help the reader to quit. This past weekend I spent some time in Barnes and Noble che...

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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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