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  • Time for Graphic Warnings on US Cigarette Packs

    Now that the US Food and Drug Administration has been given the power to regulate tobacco products, one of its new powers is the right to change the health warnings on cigarette packs in the interest of public health.So the first question is, are ...

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  • The Tobacco Atlas (3rd Edition)

    Today I received my 2009 copy of The Tobacco Atlas (3rd edition). This an excellent and comprehensive report that maps the history, documents the current situation, and predicts the future of the tobacco epidemic.For tobacco geeks like myself it...

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  • U.S. Healthcare Reform

    I’ve been bemused by the debate on healthcare reform taking place in the U.S. right now. I used to thing that the single topic that people talk the most nonsense about is sport. You know, my sport is better than your sport, my team is better than ...

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  • Quitting Together

    We have been discussing the possibility of offering an online quit program that would be available through this blog. The idea would be for us to develop a community that will quit together. We would be sharing experiences, motivating and supporti...

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  • Effects of smoking during pregnancy

    The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy have been known for many years and in 2001 the US Surgeon General summarized the effects as follows:-Smoking during pregnancy is associated with increased risk for premature rupture of membranes, abr...

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  • Safety of nicotine: the smoke causes the harm

    A study was published in the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research by Dr Stephanie Smith of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Princeton University, showing that the public still has major misunderstandings about the harmfulness of nicotine a...

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  • Advice on using over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy.

    Surveys have shown that many smokers (incorrectly) do not believe that nicotine replacement therapy helps smokers to quit. Many also believe NRT can cause cancer (again incorrectly). Unfortunately the labeling on the NRT product packaging also use...

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  • How Bad Is Smoking For Health?

    Almost 20 years ago when I started my first job in tobacco research, I told my new boss that I’d like to get a sense of whether smoking really was so bad for health. I asked him if he could give me something to read to help me understand the healt...

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  • "Lost" and FDA Regulation of Tobacco

    Last night I watched an excellent episode of the TV series, “Lost.” In it, a man named Ben who is the (sociopathic?) leader of one group of people trapped on a lost island, managed to get one of the members of the island’s opposing group (a man na...

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  • Do women find it harder to quit smoking?

    This past week I attended the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, so I thought I’d share with you some of the new findings presented at the meeting. There was a lot of new research addressing the differences between...

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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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