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  • Planning to quit smoking with Chantix

    We are currently approaching the peak “New Year” season for quitting smoking – also a time when people are very busy finishing off their year-end work and participating in the holiday season. As Chantix is the newest medication designed to help pe...

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  • Secondhand smoke causes heart attacks

    Last week the U.S. Institute of medicine (IOM) released a new report on the role of exposure to other people’s cigarette smoke in increasing the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks.The IOM requested a 10-member expert committee to re...

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  • Does the e-cigarette deliver nicotine?

    I’m currently attending the annual conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. This is the main organization for nicotine researchers and this conference is often the first place that exciting new research findings are presente...

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  • Its Great American Smokeout

    Tomorrow (November 15th, 2007) is the Great American Smokeout 2007 – a day on which smokers across the country are encouraged to try to go the whole day without using any tobacco - and then to consider staying that way.There is usually a reasonabl...

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  • Chantix and mental illness - what are the facts?

    The August issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry included two letters reporting single cases of worsening of symptoms of schizophrenia and mania, while they were taking the new smoking cessation medication, Chantix (varenicline). Links to th...

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  • To cut down or quit all at once?

    Most specialist smoking cessation services advise patients to select a quit date and quit smoking completely on that day (usually along with medication), but many smokers prefer the idea of cutting down gradually. What are the pros and cons?I the...

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  • Quit Smoking Group: Judgements Imposed Upon Smokers

    Carrie here! In my last post, I wrote about attending a quit smoking group at the Tobacco Education Center at UCSF. I've attended two classes in the past two weeks and have lots of information to share. I will continue with a series of posts relay...

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  • There's A New Kid On The Block!

    It's been about a decade since we have had a new prescription medication approved for cessation. To understand how this new medication called Chantix works, we have to discuss how nicotine works.When you take a puff off of a cigarette, nicotine re...

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  • Lung Cancer

    November is lung cancer awareness month – aiming to increase awareness of lung cancer, and its causes and to stimulate activities aimed at preventing and treating lung cancer.Most people are aware that by far the biggest cause of lung cancer is to...

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  • Almost Time To Quit

    For those of you planning to quit smoking from January first, there’s just one more day of smoking before you become smoke-free. If you don’t have a clear plan for your quit yet, then now is the time to make it. Are you going to use nicotine repla...

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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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