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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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  • 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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  • Facing The Tobacco Industry

    I had an unusual experience last week. I was invited to speak on “The Future of Tobacco Harm Reduction” at the 92nd Tobacco Merchants Association (TMA) Annual Meeting, in Williamsburg Virginia, (May 7-8). I’ve been invited to participate in indust...

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  • Chantix side effects

    Varenicline (AKA Chantix) is a prescription-only smoking cessation medicine that has now been on the market for a couple of years. While studies have shown it to be safe and effective, post marketing surveillance (ultimately via reports by users)...

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  • Effects of alcohol on smoking cessation - 1

    The question of the effects of alcohol use on smoking cessation is best separated into 2 different but related questions.1. Does drinking alcohol increase someone’s chances of relapsing to smoking during the early stages (e.g. first 6 months after...

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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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  • Carcinogens from smoking and smokeless tobacco use (1)

    This month an interesting study by Professor Stephen Hecht and colleagues at University of Minnesota was published in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The study compared cigarette smokers with smokeless tobacco users ...

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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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