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  • To cut down or quit all at once?

    Most specialist smoking cessation services advise patients to select a quit date and quit smoking completely on that day (usually along with medication), but many smokers prefer the idea of cutting down gradually. What are the pros and cons?I the...

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  • Why are mentholated cigarettes more addictive?

    My colleagues and I just published a research study which examined the quit rates of patients attending our specialist Tobacco Dependence Clinic, and focused on the differences between those who smoked mentholated cigarettes and those who smoked n...

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  • Snus use in Sweden: another reply to Tomar.

    I have previously discussed the role of snus in reducing smoking in Sweden, and criticized the IARC report’s coverage of this issue. Professor Scott Tomar (a member of the IARC committee) stated (as a comment to a posting criticising the new IARC...

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  • Study finds smokers prefer Snus and Zonnic over Nicotine Gum

    A study was just published comparing the effects of nicotine gum, snus (smokeless tobacco sachets) and Zonnic (new synthetic nicotine replacement sachets) for reducing smoking. The study by Drs Caldwell, Burgess and Crane was conducted with 63 ci...

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  • What percentage of smokers can quit for $750?

    It is sometimes suggested that the best way to get people to quit smoking is to pay them a decent amount of money to do so. Studies to date have found that financial incentives don’t have much effect on quitting, but in these studies the incentive...

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  • Its National Public Health Week

    April 6th-12th is National Public Health Week. Although we spend more on health care than any other country, the health system is failing and our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy. We have reached a...

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  • Read the Fine Print

    Carrie here! So I haven't completely quit smoking, but I think about it alot. After the Great American Smokeout, I was smoke free for about 3 days; that's cumulative, of course, not exactly in a row. BUT I've cut back, gosh, about 50%. I thought t...

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  • Which U.S. states smoke most and least?

    The latest data on cigarette smoking prevalence by state was just released in the U.S.Before I tell you the results, make a guess at what percentage of adults you think are cigarette smokers (a) in your state and (b) in the whole of the US?The dat...

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  • Effect of price increases on cigarette consumption

    A recent paper published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the dramatic increases in tobacco prices over recent years. From the end of 1995 to April 2009 all but 5 states increased their state cigarette taxes (Florida, Mi...

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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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MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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