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  • Why have so many New Jersey smokers quit?

    On June 13th I wrote about a comprehensive new report on tobacco use and tobacco control activities in each of the United States. As I live and work in New Jersey I was particularly interested in the fact that our cigarette smoking rate has falle...

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  • Quit smoking in 2010? Yes you can

    Most current smokers have already tried to quit on previous occasions. Some may have resigned themselves to continued smoking because of repeated unsuccessful attempts. Others may still be putting off a quit attempt because “its not the right time...

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  • New smoking cessation medicines being evaluated: selegiline patch

    We’ve recently seen the launch of one new smoking cessation medication – Chantix (also called Champix outside the USA) and so you may be interested to know if there may be new medicines in the pipeline and how these are being evaluated.One that is...

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  • Why comprehensive tobacco control?

    In my post of May 9th I described some of the reasons why it is unwise to cut funding for comprehensive tobacco control. But what exactly is it and why does it need to be “comprehensive”?The main reason for trying to reduce tobacco consumption wit...

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  • You CAN quit smoking

    Most tobacco smokers say they would rather quit. Most have already tried to quit smoking before but have not yet been able to quit and stay quit. One of the effects of repeated unsuccessful quit attempts is that the smoker can lose confidence that...

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  • Increase cigarette tax to pay for children’s healthcare

    One of the most widely supported principles of economics is that when the price of a product increases, so its consumption decreases. While there are exceptions to this rule, it holds true of most items – including cigarettes. Consequently, one o...

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  • All tobacco will soon be more expensive in the United States

    I recently wrote about the impending 62 cent increase in federal tax due on a pack of cigarettes (effective from April first, 2009). I thought it was worth mentioning that there will also be similar sized or larger increases in the federal tax bei...

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  • New Report Shows Teen Smoking Still Falling Slowly

    The University of Michigan runs an excellent study of youth substance use called “Monitoring The Future”. Since it began 35 years ago, the researchers have conducted large surveys of U.S. school kids in order to monitor their use of psychoactive s...

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  • Which nicotine replacement therapy?

    Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is the name given to FDA-approved medicines containing nicotine that are used to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings and to help smokers quit. Currently there are 5 main types: patch, gum, lozenge, n...

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  • Tobacco surely was designed to poison and destroy mankind

    Tobacco surely was designed?To poison and destroy mankindPhilip Freneau (1752–1832)This is the most famous excerpt from a poem by Philip Freneau. I don’t think I’m allowed to copy the whole poem here, but he was clearly ahead of his time in identi...

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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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