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  • Facing The Tobacco Industry

    I had an unusual experience last week. I was invited to speak on “The Future of Tobacco Harm Reduction” at the 92nd Tobacco Merchants Association (TMA) Annual Meeting, in Williamsburg Virginia, (May 7-8). I’ve been invited to participate in indust...

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  • Chantix side effects

    Varenicline (AKA Chantix) is a prescription-only smoking cessation medicine that has now been on the market for a couple of years. While studies have shown it to be safe and effective, post marketing surveillance (ultimately via reports by users)...

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  • Effects of alcohol on smoking cessation - 1

    The question of the effects of alcohol use on smoking cessation is best separated into 2 different but related questions.1. Does drinking alcohol increase someone’s chances of relapsing to smoking during the early stages (e.g. first 6 months after...

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  • FDA Regulation of Tobacco: What Does it Mean?

    On Friday 12th June, the US Senate voted in favor of a bill that gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products. President Obama (who as a Senator was a sponsor of the bill, as was John McCain) has indicated he will ...

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  • Could FDA reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes?

    In the previous posting I discussed the possibility of FDA requiring that no tobacco products be allowed to emit Carbon Monoxide. While appealing in its simplicity, such a strategy may have problems in that it could be interpreted as a ban on a wh...

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  • Can quitting smoking trigger depression?

    Adolescent smokers are more likely than non-smokers to subsequently develop depression, and adult smokers are more likely to have either current depression or a history of depression than adult non-smokers. So although some have suggested that tob...

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  • What About Quitting Smoking With Someone Else?

    Sometimes natural opportunities present themselves to quit with someone else. It could be that your workplace, home or whole state is going smoke-free and this has prompted a number of people to try to quit. Is it a good idea to do it with others?...

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  • Citizens’ Petition To FDA on Regulation of Tobacco Treatment Medicines.

    On Friday February 12th 2010 two of the leading organizations concerned with reducing the harm to health from tobacco submitted a petition to the US Food and Drug Administration, requesting changes in the way tobacco treatment medicines are regula...

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  • Getting through the first few weeks

    When people quit smoking it is very common for them to experience a temporary increase in certain unpleasant symptoms. The most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms are:1. Irritability2. Restlessness3. Poor concentration4. Depression5. Increased ap...

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  • Avoid Relapsing Back To Smoking

    At this time of year, less than a month after many smokers initiated their “new year” quit attempt, there will be a significant number of recent ex-smokers who are trying hard not to relapse.Back in April 19th, 2009 I wrote about some things you c...

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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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