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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nicotine and smoking effects on the brain

    I was recently asked to review a new textbook on Nicotine Psychopharmacology, containing 18 very thorough chapters describing the latest evidence on the effects of smoking and nicotine on the brain and behavior. Much of it, though interesting, wa...

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  • Smoking and suicide

    It has long been known that people who smoke are at greater risk of attempting and committing suicide than people who don’t smoke. On the face of it this doesn’t seem particularly surprising as people who sometimes think that they would rather not...

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  • Institute of Medicine Report: Ending the Tobacco Problem (1)

    Last week the Institute of Medicine issued a 400-page report produced by its 14-member Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use, which presents a blueprint for reducing smoking so substantially over the next 20 years that it is no longer a significant pu...

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  • Is cannabis smoking more harmful than cigarette smoking?

    A study published in the journal, Thorax, recently hit the headlines as demonstrating that smoking a cannabis joint was at least twice as harmful to lung function as smoking a cigarette. So what are the dangers of smoking cannabis and how do these...

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  • US national smoking rates flat across past 5 years.

    On November 13th I commented on a new report on smoking rates and secondhand smoke exposure by state. I was relatively positive in that article, largely because my own state of New Jersey continued to show lower smoking rates (now consistently 3r...

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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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