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  • Cardiologists should do more for smoking cessation

    Last week the leading medical journal, “The Lancet” had a special focus on cardiovascular disease. One of the key research papers concluded that despite greatly increased prescribing of antihypertensive and lipid-lowering drugs we are still doing ...

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  • Does nicotine cause cancer?

    Every now and again we see a new newspaper headline claiming that nicotine causes some serious health problem, whether it be heart attacks or cancer. Usually the headline is based on a very small study in humans, or a laboratory study of cells in...

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  • Nicotrol Nasal Spray: an effective treatment for the heavy smoker.

    Of all the nicotine replacement products, the one that’s used least frequently is the nicotine nasal spray (brand name Nicotrol). This may be partly because it requires a prescription, and partly because it initially causes some nasal side-effects...

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  • A Recovering Smoker Speaks to Her Former Lovers

    Carrie here again!! Awhile back I asked Miss Ellie Spence to share a poem she wrote about smoking, as well as an essay that accompanies the poem. Miss Ellie is a retired 8th grade teacher, who currently teaches at the Marin County Jail. She writes...

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  • Lung Cancer, Spiral CT and Tobacco Industry Funding

    An interesting article was published in the New York Times yesterday, revealing that one of the studies reporting the most positive effects on the potential of spiral CT in detecting early stage lung cancer, was funded by the tobacco industry. The...

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  • Tips to help you quit smoking

    Patients I’ve seen who succeeded in quitting, sometimes tell me what it was that enabled them to quit this time when they had been unsuccessful many times before. Sometimes it was a change in personal circumstances, sometimes an aspect of the tre...

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  • Swedish Snus: A Reply to Professor Tomar

    Professor Scott Tomar (University of Florida) has made a couple of comments to my January 10th posting about the IARC report on smokeless tobacco. As these require a slightly lengthier response than a brief comment, I’m doing it here.Dr Tomar pre...

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  • Welcome

    Welcome to the Freedom From Smoking blog. Whether you are just thinking about quitting or ready to give it a try, we are here to answer your questions, give you the help you need and keep you motivated. We have worked with thousands of people at ...

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  • Effects of overweight and smoking in late adolescence on mortality

    A study was just published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on the effects of body weight and smoking at age 19 on death over the next 38 years or so. The study by Professor Neovius and colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden examined...

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  • Does laser therapy or acupuncture help smokers quit?

    I’m frequently asked about the effectiveness of acupuncture for stopping smoking, and more recently these questions have been about “laser therapy”. “Laser therapy” uses “cold lasers” instead of needles in an acupuncture-like treatment.Unfortunate...

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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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