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  • New Information on Smokeless Tobacco: 2009 Smokeless Tobacco Summit

    Although overall use of smokeless tobacco has reduced in the United States over the past decade, the use of moist snuff is the only segment of the tobacco market that has shown signs of growth in this country. There are many reasons to be concerne...

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  • Stan Glantz receives Terry Award and comments on FDA regulation

    Professor Stan Glantz of the University of California at San Francisco is undoubtably one of the most experienced and effective tobacco control scientists and campaigners in the world. While I don’t agree with everything he says, his past track r...

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  • New FDA Tobacco Website

    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a new Tobacco web page (as part of the more extensive FDA Homepage). Interestingly the new webpage appears to cover both regulation of tobacco products and guidance on quitting s...

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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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  • Can cigarettes be made less deadly?

    Since it became clear in the 1950s and 60s that cigarettes are deadly when used as intended, there have been various attempts to make them less harmful. These have included the addition of and modifications to filters, and changes in the type of t...

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  • Are Americans Switching to Smokeless Tobacco?

    A recent paper by Professor Brad Rodu of University of Louisville, School of Medicine and Dr Carl Phillips if the University of Alberta suggested that switching to smokeless tobacco is a viable smoking cessation option for American smokers.The pap...

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  • Which kids in the US are most likely to use tobacco?

    The tobacco industry has a problem. Its products kill the consumers when used as intended. Given the high rate of people ceasing tobacco use due to premature death or success in beating the addiction, the industry has its work cut out in replacing...

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MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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