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  • How long should you use nicotine replacement?

    When treating patients who are trying to quit after decades of smoking, I often hear the statement after a couple of weeks, “I’m concerned that I might get addicted to the nicotine replacement therapy, so I’m going to use as little as possible.” M...

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  • FDA states its position on e-cigarettes

    I’ve discussed e-cigarettes on a number of previous occasions, but yesterday there was a new statement on e-cigarettes and mention of some new data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has continued to state that e-cigarettes...

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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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  • Mortality risks of smoking and obesity.

    Both smoking and obesity cause increased health problems, but it is unusual to find an analysis of their separate and combined effects in a single study. One such study was published by Dr Freedman and colleagues of the National Cancer Institute i...

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  • How harmful is snuff smokeless tobacco?

    The major multinational cigarette manufacturers have begun to produce and market smokeless tobacco products (partly by buying smokeless tobacco companies). As the price of cigarettes increases and smoke-free air laws make it impossible to smoke in...

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  • Thanks to Grand Rounds 4.34 at Health Business Blog

    Thank you to David E. Williams of Health Business Blog for including my post on why its “Unwise to cut tobacco control funding in tough times” in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to health ...

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  • Quit Smart: A new stop smoking book

    I’ve previously reviewed some quit smoking books and will continue to review any new ones that come to my attention. The most recent one I’ve seen is an updated version of the book Quit Smart by Dr Robert Shipley who is the director of the Duke St...

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  • Effects of alcohol on smoking cessation – 2

    As discussed in my previous post, alcohol and smoking very often go together and having a drink of alcohol in the early stages of trying to quit will increase your risks of relapsing to smoking. But does either a current or past history of alcoho...

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  • Cold Turkey - 1

    The phrase, “cold turkey”, when applied to quitting smoking, usually refers to the method of quitting abruptly (e.g. on specific date), without any gradual cutting down and without the use of pharmacological aids to treat withdrawal symptoms or cr...

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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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