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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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  • Cold Turkey- 2

    In 1969, Philip Morris Tobacco Company commissioned a research study on the town of Greenfield, Iowa to record the effects of the anti-smoking campaign and the experiences of the smokers who tried to quit (in connection with the filming of the mov...

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  • Think you don’t really smoke for nicotine?

    When talking to smokers about why they smoke, I quite often hear people say something like, “I don’t really smoke for the nicotine..I just like the ritual, the taste and the feel of the smoke hitting the back of my throat…its not an addiction for ...

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  • MPOWER: Bloomberg and Gates pledge millions to tobacco control

    Last week saw the announcement of a new initiative, involving $375 million in new funding from the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funding adds to the $125 million already committed by Bloo...

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  • Unwise to cut tobacco control funding in tough times

    The U.S. and many other economies across the globe are going through tough financial times just now. In these tough times, legislators and policy makers have to make tough choices about how to spend limited budgets. In recent times in the United S...

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  • Effects of nicotine replacement for smoking reduction

    This week, Dr David Moore and colleagues at the University of Birmingham (UK) published a review of randomized controlled trials of nicotine replacement for reducing smoking in smokers who initially did not plan to quit. The review, published in ...

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  • Whats the problem with Accomplia/rimonabant (Zimulti) the weight-loss drug that also helps you quit smoking?

    Rimonabant is the name of a drug that has been developed as an aid to weight loss in people who are obese. It is a novel cannabinoid receptor blocker – basically giving an effect a little bit like the opposite of the “munchies” reported by people ...

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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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  • Celebrities killed by tobacco-caused illness

    Many of us watched the Oscar award ceremony over the past weekend, which is always very entertaining and includes a good deal of reminiscing about past great actors. As I watched some of the great old faces flash across the screen I was reminded h...

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  • As the Smoke Clears

    Carrie here! Well, I hope everyone had a nice holiday and brought in the New Year with merriment and laughter. I have to say I almost slept threw it. Watching the amount of football I did over the holidays, seems to have the same effect on me like...

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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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