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  • Facts and fiction on stopping smoking

    One of the reasons I decided to write this blog was that over the years I’ve seen a lot of nonsense written by so-called experts on smoking, and I felt that the public could do with some accurate information for a change.So just now I’m sitting at...

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  • Combining varenicline and bupropion

    I recently received the following comment on my April/15/2007 post:Chantix: how does this new stop smoking medicine work? 4/15/07http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/04/chantix-how-does-this-new-quit-smoking.html“I have been sear...

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  • Effects of smoking during pregnancy

    The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy have been known for many years and in 2001 the US Surgeon General summarized the effects as follows:-Smoking during pregnancy is associated with increased risk for premature rupture of membranes, abr...

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  • Chantix safety at the US Veterans Affairs Health Service

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs (which provides healthcare for people who have served in the US armed forces) yesterday issues a bulletin on safety issues with varenicline. In addition to covering some of the safety issues that have been dis...

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  • How to Quit Smoking With Varenicline (Chantix).

    A friend recently told me that her mom was about to try to quit smoking by using Chantix. She had heard some scary things about the drug and wanted some simple advice on how to use it effectively and safely, and also on what she could do to help.O...

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  • Camel Snus Smokeless Tobacco - What is it?

    2009 will see further expansion of new smokeless tobacco marketing in the United States, including the national launch of Camel Snus. So what is this product? Snus is a smokeless tobacco product that is very popular in Sweden. It has been used the...

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  • Effect of extended counseling on smoking cessation

    I’ve talked before about the effect of longer duration of treatment (either pharmacological or counseling or both) on success in quitting smoking. Although the evidence is generally consistent with the idea that more is better (including over a lo...

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  • Nicotine receptors take over a month to normalize after quitting

    Nicotine withdrawal symptoms typically peak in the first week of abstinence and return to normal at around 3-4 weeks. It has long been known that certain nicotinic receptors (particularly the beta-2 subtype) are closely involved in nicotine addic...

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  • Are Americans Switching to Smokeless Tobacco?

    A recent paper by Professor Brad Rodu of University of Louisville, School of Medicine and Dr Carl Phillips if the University of Alberta suggested that switching to smokeless tobacco is a viable smoking cessation option for American smokers.The pap...

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  • Which kids in the US are most likely to use tobacco?

    The tobacco industry has a problem. Its products kill the consumers when used as intended. Given the high rate of people ceasing tobacco use due to premature death or success in beating the addiction, the industry has its work cut out in replacing...

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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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