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  • Mortality risks of smoking and obesity.

    Both smoking and obesity cause increased health problems, but it is unusual to find an analysis of their separate and combined effects in a single study. One such study was published by Dr Freedman and colleagues of the National Cancer Institute i...

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  • How harmful is snuff smokeless tobacco?

    The major multinational cigarette manufacturers have begun to produce and market smokeless tobacco products (partly by buying smokeless tobacco companies). As the price of cigarettes increases and smoke-free air laws make it impossible to smoke in...

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  • Thanks to Grand Rounds 4.34 at Health Business Blog

    Thank you to David E. Williams of Health Business Blog for including my post on why its “Unwise to cut tobacco control funding in tough times” in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to health ...

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  • New FDA Tobacco Website

    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a new Tobacco web page (as part of the more extensive FDA Homepage). Interestingly the new webpage appears to cover both regulation of tobacco products and guidance on quitting s...

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  • How long should you use nicotine replacement?

    When treating patients who are trying to quit after decades of smoking, I often hear the statement after a couple of weeks, “I’m concerned that I might get addicted to the nicotine replacement therapy, so I’m going to use as little as possible.” M...

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  • FDA states its position on e-cigarettes

    I’ve discussed e-cigarettes on a number of previous occasions, but yesterday there was a new statement on e-cigarettes and mention of some new data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has continued to state that e-cigarettes...

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  • Could FDA require tobacco companies to cease selling products emitting carbon monoxide?

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a clear, odorless gas that is produced by burning any carbon-based substance. So when tobacco is burned and inhaled, one of the 4,000 or more chemicals that enters the body is CO. When the smoke is inhaled into the lungs, C...

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  • Two new studies of Chantix (varenicline)

    Two new trials of the smoking cessation medicine varenicline (Chantix) were published this past weekend. One reported the results in 515 nicotine-dependent Japanese smokers (mainly men) and the other reported the results in 250 Korean and Taiwane...

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  • Can cigarettes be made less deadly?

    Since it became clear in the 1950s and 60s that cigarettes are deadly when used as intended, there have been various attempts to make them less harmful. These have included the addition of and modifications to filters, and changes in the type of t...

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  • Extended treatment for some addicted smokers

    The brand new US Public Health Service Guideline on the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence was written after an extremely thorough review of all the randomized controlled smoking cessation trials in the literature with at least 6 months follo...

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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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