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  • What is in cigarette smoke?

    More than 4000 different chemicals have been identified in cigarette smoke. Most of us have a very basic idea that these chemicals can be harmful to health and that the mechanisms whereby this complex mixture of toxins contained in tobacco smoke l...

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  • Suicidal thinking while taking varenicline or bupropion

    There has been considerable discussion, including on this blog, about the potential for the latest smoking cessation medicine, varenicline (Chantix) to cause severe depression and suicidal thinking. The Food and Drug Administration issued addition...

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  • The Great American Smokeout

    Millions of Americans are expected to take part in the 30th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout" tomorrow. For three decades, the third Thursday in November has been designated as a day for smokers across the Unit...

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  • 17th Surgeon General, Dr Richard Carmona joins Healthline

    I was very pleased to learn that the recent U.S. Surgeon General, Dr Richard Carmona, has joined the board of directors at Healthline. Dr Carmona was a superb Surgeon General and naturally I particularly appreciated the strong stand he took agains...

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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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  • Why did Philip Morris’s new smokeless tobacco product (“Taboka”) deliver almost no nicotine?

    Recently I mentioned that Philip Morris (biggest selling US cigarette manufacturer) plans to test-market a new smokeless tobacco product called “Marlboro Snus” in Dallas. In 2006 the company tested a similar product, which they called “Taboka” in ...

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  • Finding out about smoking and health

    I’ve now been writing this blog for over six months and have noticed that some questions keep coming up that have been covered on a previous post. The site allows you to search for things and has a listing by month of topics, but I thought it migh...

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  • NRT to reduce and eventually quit smoking: does it work?

    The package labeling recommendations and normal practice for use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT, i.e. nicotine patch, gum etc) involves the smoker in picking a day when they will abruptly stop smoking, and start using the NRT as a substitute...

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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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