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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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  • 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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  • Immediate and delayed quitting

    Last week I attended the 4th annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (Europe) in Madrid. This is a conference where the top researchers present their latest research findings. As you can imagine a lot of fascinating stuf...

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  • Planning to quit smoking with Chantix

    We are currently approaching the peak “New Year” season for quitting smoking – also a time when people are very busy finishing off their year-end work and participating in the holiday season. As Chantix is the newest medication designed to help pe...

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  • Secondhand smoke causes heart attacks

    Last week the U.S. Institute of medicine (IOM) released a new report on the role of exposure to other people’s cigarette smoke in increasing the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks.The IOM requested a 10-member expert committee to re...

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  • Does the e-cigarette deliver nicotine?

    I’m currently attending the annual conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. This is the main organization for nicotine researchers and this conference is often the first place that exciting new research findings are presente...

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  • Its Great American Smokeout

    Tomorrow (November 15th, 2007) is the Great American Smokeout 2007 – a day on which smokers across the country are encouraged to try to go the whole day without using any tobacco - and then to consider staying that way.There is usually a reasonabl...

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  • Chantix and mental illness - what are the facts?

    The August issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry included two letters reporting single cases of worsening of symptoms of schizophrenia and mania, while they were taking the new smoking cessation medication, Chantix (varenicline). Links to th...

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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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