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  • Debunking myths about self-quitting (1989): a classic study.

    Every now and again I’d like to pick a classic research study from the past which shaped our understanding of smoking cessation. Today I’m going to focus on a paper by Dr Sheldon Cohen and 16 other researchers (recognized experts in the field 20 y...

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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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  • How Do We Know If A Cessation Technique Really Works?

    I copied my response to a comment left by a reader about my Bogus Quit Smoking Programs post. I think the issue deserves its own posting.Smoker's Edge seems to be akin to using a piece of sucking candy when you get a craving. This approach may be ...

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  • The Allen Carr “Easy Way” to quit smoking -1

    A colleague in Mexico recently asked me to explain the popularity of the Allen Carr method of quitting smoking, and I thought this might be of wider interest. It just so happens that Allen Carr’s original clinic in Raynes Park in London was about ...

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  • Concerned you might relapse to smoking?

    Most ex-smokers who have succeeded in quitting for many months or years, have occasional periods where they feel at risk of relapsing to smoking. There are many potential triggers, but the most common include (a) after having an isolated “lapse” c...

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  • Chantix and depression on stopping smoking.

    Yesterday I saw a couple of newspaper reports on the potential link between Chantix and psychiatric side effects, including discussion of some of the stories reported by people on this blog.http://www.nj.com/starledger/stories/index.ssf?/base/news...

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  • Do you wake at night to smoke?

    Two papers published this month highlight the fact that a surprising number of smokers wake at night to smoke, and suggest that this is a sign of nicotine addiction.A paper published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice by Michelle Bo...

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  • Parental tobacco use and restrictions influence teen smoking

    It has long been recognized that the kids of parents who smoke are more likely to become smokers themselves. Some studies have found that if both parents smoke, their kids are about 4 times more likely to become smokers (as compared with kids of 2...

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  • Good Bye and Continue to Fight Smoking

    It's time to turn the reigns over. My medical practice has become so busy that I am no longer able to dedicate the time that this blog deserves. Dr. Jonathan Foulds will be my successor. Dr. Foulds is an excellent replacement as he has helped many...

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  • Classic paper: health consequences of smoking1-4 cigarettes

    The journal Tobacco Control has on its website a list of the top 10 most read articles each month. One paper that has been near the top ever since it was published in 2005, was written by Dr Kjell Bjartveit and his colleague Dr Tverdal, on “Healt...

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MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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