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  • Why Chantix may reduce alcohol consumption.

    Some of those people who have posted comments on my blog have commented that when they were using Chantix (varenicline) their interest in drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana also decreased. There are a couple of obvious potential mechanisms for ...

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  • Walmart sells smoking cessation medicine for $9.

    Last month Walmart announced that it has started selling the prescription-only smoking cessation medicine, bupropion (same drug as brand version, Zyban) at a lower price than any other effective smoking cessation medicine.The starter pack, consist...

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  • Chantix: How Does This New Quit Smoking Medicine Work?

    Chantix is the brand name of the latest quit smoking drug, varenicline. Chantix is a new type of prescription-only medicine that is typically taken as a pill, twice a day. Chantix appears to target the nicotine receptors in the brain that are invo...

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  • Is There Such a Thing As a Safer Cigarette?

    In previous postings I’ve discussed the fact that so-called “light” or “low-tar” cigarettes are no less harmful than “regular” cigarettes. However, in recent years we have seen the launch and marketing of a number of cigarette brands that either d...

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  • Differing patterns of smoking in African Americans and whites

    I’ve written on a number occasions about menthol cigarettes being more harmful and addictive in certain circumstances. This is a factor that may have an impact on smoking rates among African Americans.But there are a number of interesting differen...

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  • FDA regulation of tobacco

    Almost everyone sees it as crazy that the tobacco industry is not regulated by a government agency with a primary responsibility to safeguard the health of Americans. Most who have given it some thought conclude that the Food and Drug Administrat...

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  • Why do some doctors not treat tobacco dependence?

    Although the US Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence recommends that all patients should be asked about their tobacco use, and all smokers offered an approved medication to help them qui...

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  • Snus use in Norway.

    Snus is a form of smokeless tobacco that is widely used – primarily by men – in Sweden. It is characterized by being relatively low in toxins but delivers about as much nicotine as a cigarette. It is not harmless (causes gum erosion, and pancreati...

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  • Telephone Quitlines: Do They Help Smokers To Quit?

    It may not always be easy to find someone who seriously wants to stop smoking at the same time as you and who is prepared to do it together with you. What other kinds of support are available? Perhaps the most accessible form of support available...

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  • Marlboro Snus: What is it?

    Yesterday Philip Morris USA, the tobacco company that has around 50% of the total market for cigarettes in the USA, announced the launch a new product: “Marlboro Snus,” in a test market in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. So what type of product it thi...

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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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