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  • Effects of smoke-free workplace legislation on heart attacks

    There is no doubt whatsoever that exposure to other people’s tobacco smoke pollution, over a long period of time, can cause various diseases (as summarized in a previous posts):Health effects of Tobacco Smoke Pollution. 8/6/07 http://www.healthli...

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  • Increase cigarette tax to pay for children’s healthcare

    One of the most widely supported principles of economics is that when the price of a product increases, so its consumption decreases. While there are exceptions to this rule, it holds true of most items – including cigarettes. Consequently, one o...

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  • All tobacco will soon be more expensive in the United States

    I recently wrote about the impending 62 cent increase in federal tax due on a pack of cigarettes (effective from April first, 2009). I thought it was worth mentioning that there will also be similar sized or larger increases in the federal tax bei...

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  • Thanks to Grand Rounds 3.42

    I want to thank Tara C. Smith at Aetiology for hosting Grand Rounds 3.42 this week and including my post on advice for consumers on the use of nicotine replacement therapy.Grand Rounds 3.42 is live on Aetiology at http://scienceblogs.com/aetiolog...

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  • WHY "LIGHTS" ARE JUST AS DEADLY

    “Tar” is the substance delivered by cigarettes that causes cancer and respiratory diseases. Nicotine is the addictive drug people smoke for. Cigarettes marketed as "light", "mild" or "ultra light" are reported to deliver lower quantities of tar an...

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  • 24 Hours Smoke Free

    Hi, my name is Carrie. I'm a Healthline employee...and a cigarette smoker. So you might ask, how can one work at an online company devoted to providing up-to-date health care information to the public and still smoke? Well, it's not easy, and I ce...

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  • Does Exercise Help You Quit?

    We all know we should exercise regularly, but is there proof that it will help us quit smoking? Based on a study out of Austria, the answer is yes.This study found that if you use nicotine gum or patches you are more likely to stay tobacco free i...

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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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  • Marlboro Snus Isn’t Really Snus

    In some prior posts I’ve talked about the type of smokeless snuff tobacco that is very popular in Sweden, called “snus”. This product has captured considerable attention because in that country more men now use it than smoke cigarettes, and becaus...

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  • Inpatient treatment for tobacco dependence

    Many smokers I’ve seen for help in quitting have made a comment like, “if only I could be isolated on a desert island for a couple of weeks without cigarettes, then I could quit.” Earlier this week a news item from my home country (Scotland) told...

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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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