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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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  • Smoking, smokeless tobacco and cancer (2)

    My previous post discussed toxin delivery from different tobacco products. Now what is the evidence relating use of these products to health problems? Unfortunately most studies don’t collect data on different brands or even categories of smokele...

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  • Which smoking cessation aids work?

    Every week I hear about another new product claiming to help people to quit smoking. Unfortunately the vast majority of them have no solid evidence that they actually do anything useful. Most are marketed in the hope that there is a gullible idiot...

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  • Chantix and mental illness - what are the facts?

    The August issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry included two letters reporting single cases of worsening of symptoms of schizophrenia and mania, while they were taking the new smoking cessation medication, Chantix (varenicline). Links to th...

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  • Its Great American Smokeout

    Tomorrow (November 15th, 2007) is the Great American Smokeout 2007 – a day on which smokers across the country are encouraged to try to go the whole day without using any tobacco - and then to consider staying that way.There is usually a reasonabl...

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  • Philip Morris Ask for Tobacco Risk Comparison

    The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 6 that Philip Morris and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., both parts of the Altria Group Inc., wrote to the FDA suggesting that tobacco products be ranked on their harmfulness to health. This would most likely resu...

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  • Higher nicotine intake per cigarette by African American smokers: is it a menthol effect?.

    There are some quite large differences in tobacco use between the different racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One of the most consistent findings is that African American and Latino smokers smoke fewer cigarettes per day than non-Lati...

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  • Which part of the brain controls nicotine addiction?

    I’ve written before about how nicotine from tobacco smoke affects the “reward center” of the brain. Nicotine from smoke is carried from the lungs to the brain via the arterial circulation in 10-15 seconds. The nicotine binds to nicotinic receptors...

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  • What Happens When We Cut Back

    Heavy smokers who reduce their number of daily cigarettes may actually be getting greater exposure to toxins per cigarette than light smokers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota.Even when smokers in the two grou...

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  • What percentage of smokers can quit for $750?

    It is sometimes suggested that the best way to get people to quit smoking is to pay them a decent amount of money to do so. Studies to date have found that financial incentives don’t have much effect on quitting, but in these studies the incentive...

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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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