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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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  • Great American Smokeout: a great day for clinicians to help patients quit.

    This Thursday, November 19th is the 2009 “Great American Smokeout”. This is a day that has been set up by the American cancer Society as one day each year for all smokers to try to quit, and to make it last for at least the whole day. Of course, t...

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  • The World's Largest Quit Smoking Program

    What do you think about quitting with 100,000 people from 89 different countries? If you are not quite ready to quit, this course (https://www.stopsmoking.ucsf.edu/en/Intro/Home.aspx)probably isn't for you. But if you are ready to give quitting a ...

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  • A model for delivering face to face treatment

    I’ve previously written about what face-to-face smoking cessation services typically do, largely based on my own experience. However, while at the SRNT annual conference I met two Smoking Cessation Advisors working in Lancashire, England who appea...

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  • FDA: Boxed Warning on Serious Mental Health Events to be Required for Chantix and Zyban

    On the first of July, 2009 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued additional information for healthcare professionals and announced that additional warnings will be required on the boxes of smoking cessation aids varenicline (Chantix in U.S....

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  • Its time for pictorial warnings on cigarette packs.

    Virtually everyone knows that smoking is bad for health. But smokers typically don’t give much thought to the effects on their own health until they have been smoking for years. They also tend to be less aware of effects other than lung cancer (e....

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  • Institute of Medicine Report: Ending the Tobacco Problem (2)

    The main problem with a 400-page report is that few have the time or inclination to read it all. So let me summarize what I thought were some of the interesting points relevant to smoking cessation.The main section on smoking cessation in chapter ...

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  • Does Chantix Cause Mental Health Problems?

    The issue of Chantix effects on mental health gained national attention yesterday when the ABC News program “Good Morning America” covered the story of the bizarre and tragic death of the Texas musician, Carter Albrecht. http://www.abcnews.go.com/...

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  • Celebrate your independence from tobacco

    Here in the United States, the 4th of July is the day Americans celebrate their independence from Great Britain. It was on this day in 1776 that the 12 colonies agreed on the text of the Declaration of Independence and the first copy was signed by...

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  • Menthol: it helps the poison go down easier

    I’m writing from the second conference on menthol and cigarettes, in Washington DC. This conference was organized to review the evidence on the effects of menthol in cigarettes and to discuss what further research is necessary and what actions sho...

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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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