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  • Are smokers switching to smokeless tobacco in the U.S?

    Studies of trends in tobacco use in Sweden have found that a substantial proportion of male smokers have switched from cigarettes to use of a Swedish moist oral snuff product called snus. Sweden now has unusually low male smoking rates for a Euro...

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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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  • 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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  • The Enchantments of Smoking

    Carrie again...I think Dr. Kleinman dozed off a bit. But we will persevere. Only this time, we're gonna take a trip down a different path--down deep into the psyche, or whatever it is that makes us tick. I started smoking back in college, about 15...

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  • Tobacco Use Around The World

    A reader from Australia requested some comparative information on tobacco use around the world. By far the best source of such information is a superb book called, “The Tobacco Atlas” (2nd Edition) written by Dr. Judith Mackay, Dr. Michael Eriksen...

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  • How addicted are you to cigarettes (1)?

    The central defining characteristic of addiction to a substance is a strong compulsion to use the substance when the person tries to abstain. Many of us like to do things like play golf, eat potato chips, or drink fruit juice. But if for some reas...

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  • What proportion of smokers become addicted?

    Most people who become smokers initiate smoking before the age of 18. They generally try smoking as part of experimentation, after observing their peers and family smoking and viewing tobacco advertising. It is fairly natural, when cigarette smoki...

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  • Does it help to add nicotine gum to bupropion?

    Bupropion (marketed as Zyban for smoking cessation and Wellbutrin for depression) is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective for smoking cessation. It is taken in tablet form. There are also a number of nicotine repla...

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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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  • 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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About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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