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  • 2009 Virginia Youth Tobacco Program Conference Presentations

    I was recently invited to speak at the Virginia Youth Tobacco Program’s Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia. My topic was whether snus (smokeless tobacco) might help some smokers to quit smoking. Drs Thomas Eissenberg (Victoria Commonwealth Un...

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  • Thank you Health Business Blog for grand rounds 3:45.

    Thank you to David E. Williams of Health Business Blog for hosting Grand Rounds this week and including my posting on Health Insurance Coverage for Nicotine Dependence (plus a review of Michael Moore’s “Sicko”) . Grand Rounds is a compilation of b...

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  • Thanks to “Dr Anonymous” for Grand Rounds 4.9.

    Thank you Doctor Anonymous for publishing Grand Rounds 4.9 and including my post on “Why do some doctors not treat tobacco dependence?”. Grand Rounds is a compilation of medical blogs for the week. There are usually some interesting reads, so che...

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  • Safety of nicotine: the smoke causes the harm

    A study was published in the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research by Dr Stephanie Smith of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Princeton University, showing that the public still has major misunderstandings about the harmfulness of nicotine a...

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  • Advice on using over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy.

    Surveys have shown that many smokers (incorrectly) do not believe that nicotine replacement therapy helps smokers to quit. Many also believe NRT can cause cancer (again incorrectly). Unfortunately the labeling on the NRT product packaging also use...

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  • How Bad Is Smoking For Health?

    Almost 20 years ago when I started my first job in tobacco research, I told my new boss that I’d like to get a sense of whether smoking really was so bad for health. I asked him if he could give me something to read to help me understand the healt...

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  • "Lost" and FDA Regulation of Tobacco

    Last night I watched an excellent episode of the TV series, “Lost.” In it, a man named Ben who is the (sociopathic?) leader of one group of people trapped on a lost island, managed to get one of the members of the island’s opposing group (a man na...

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  • Buy cigarettes on the internet? Expect a large invoice.

    As many states raise the excise tax on cigarettes, smokers in high-tax states are sometimes tempted to go online and save money by ordering from an out-of-state discount store to avoid paying the tax.Many states (34 by 2006) have now passed laws ...

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  • Make Yours A Smoke-free Home (2)

    A new report was published today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showing wide variability in exposure to secondhand smoke and cigarette smoking prevalence across the United States, but overall things are moving in the ri...

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  • Smoking after cancer diagnosis: Comment by Patrick Swayze’s doctor on CNN’s Larry King

    Many people were saddened to hear of the recent death of the actor Patrick Swayze, after an almost two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Patrick Swayze was a very successful actor, most noted for his leading roles in the hit movies, Ghost and Di...

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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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