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  • What about flavored cigars?

    Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the power to regulate tobacco products we will see more meaningful moves to reduce the harmfulness and addictiveness of tobacco, as well as to reduce its addictiveness to young people. Howe...

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  • State-specific prevalence of cigarette smoking.

    In previous posts I’ve discussed international differences in tobacco use, which showed that by international standards, male cigarette smoking prevalence is relatively low in the United States, but female smoking prevalence is higher in the US th...

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  • "Cold Turkey" is for the Birds

    Hi again! Carrie here. I wanted to briefly update everyone regarding my 24 hours of being smoke free AND to answer Dr. Kleinman's previous post. Well, it wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. On average, I smoke between 7 to 10 cigarette...

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  • How to tell if a smoking cessation aid works.

    In previous posts I’ve discussed some of the behavioral steps you can take to increase your chances of successfully quitting. It is sensible to also consider using a product designed to help people quit smoking. But there are hundreds on the marke...

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  • What Happens When We Cut Back

    Heavy smokers who reduce their number of daily cigarettes may actually be getting greater exposure to toxins per cigarette than light smokers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota.Even when smokers in the two grou...

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  • What percentage of smokers can quit for $750?

    It is sometimes suggested that the best way to get people to quit smoking is to pay them a decent amount of money to do so. Studies to date have found that financial incentives don’t have much effect on quitting, but in these studies the incentive...

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  • Its National Public Health Week

    April 6th-12th is National Public Health Week. Although we spend more on health care than any other country, the health system is failing and our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy. We have reached a...

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  • Read the Fine Print

    Carrie here! So I haven't completely quit smoking, but I think about it alot. After the Great American Smokeout, I was smoke free for about 3 days; that's cumulative, of course, not exactly in a row. BUT I've cut back, gosh, about 50%. I thought t...

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  • Which U.S. states smoke most and least?

    The latest data on cigarette smoking prevalence by state was just released in the U.S.Before I tell you the results, make a guess at what percentage of adults you think are cigarette smokers (a) in your state and (b) in the whole of the US?The dat...

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  • Effect of price increases on cigarette consumption

    A recent paper published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the dramatic increases in tobacco prices over recent years. From the end of 1995 to April 2009 all but 5 states increased their state cigarette taxes (Florida, Mi...

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MA, MAppSci, PhD

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

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