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  • Do you use NRT temporarily in smoke-free places?

    Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs: patch, gum, lozenge, nasal spray and inhaler) are intended to be used to help smokers to quit smoking completely. But an international report was recently published, finding that of the 17% of smokers who had ...

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  • Make yours a smoke-free home

    My previous two posts focused on the harmful effects of exposure to tobacco smoke pollution (ETS or SHS). It is clear that inhaling air contaminated by smoke from other people’s tobacco smoke can harm your health. As always, the risk is related to...

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  • Facts and fiction on stopping smoking

    One of the reasons I decided to write this blog was that over the years I’ve seen a lot of nonsense written by so-called experts on smoking, and I felt that the public could do with some accurate information for a change.So just now I’m sitting at...

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  • Combining varenicline and bupropion

    I recently received the following comment on my April/15/2007 post:Chantix: how does this new stop smoking medicine work? 4/15/07http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/04/chantix-how-does-this-new-quit-smoking.html“I have been sear...

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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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  • When is the best time to quit smoking?

    Most of us are familiar with the statistic that in countries like the USA, UK, Canada and Australia (and many other developed countries) approximately 70% of current smokers say that they would like to quit smoking. An even greater proportion typi...

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  • Have a happy, healthy holiday

    I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at Healthline and all the readers out there in cyberspace, a happy, healthy holiday season. It is about this time of year that people often reflect on the year gone past and start thinking of plan...

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  • One Cigarette Wouldn’t Do Any Harm – Would It?

    Just over half of the “ever-smokers” (those who ever became regular smokers) in the United States are now “ex-smokers”. Of course for all ex-smokers, the possibility of relapse is real, and the shorter the time since your last smoke the greater th...

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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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