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  • Varenicline ( Chantix ) does not produce depression or suicide: new study

    The smoking cessation medicine, varenicline, has proven safe and effective in numerous placebo-controlled trials, but in the post-marketing phase there were numerous reports of patients experiencing “neuropsychiatric effects” ranging from poor con...

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  • Happy Independence Day.

    Its funny to think I’ve now been writing this column for over a year. Last year at this time I wrote a brief article encouraging ex-smokers to celebrate their independence from tobacco, and reminding us that the history of the United States is ver...

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  • Rethinking drinking

    For very many smokers, drinking and smoking go together hand in hand. Consequently, when smokers try to quit smoking they often find that having a drink of alcohol triggers the desire to also have a smoke. In addition, once alcohol starts to cloud...

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  • Checking In With Carrie

    So, how did your day go? What were your most difficult moments and how did you work through them? Were there any surprises? Do you feel more confident in your abilities? DrK

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  • Yet another study finds combination pharmacotherapy gives higher quit rates.

    I’ve discussed on numerous occasions on this blog the evidence that combining certain smoking cessation medicines consistently gets higher quit rates. In the past week another large study was published by the research group at University of Wiscon...

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  • Smoking and HIV.

    Twenty years ago, people who found out they had the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) felt as though they had been given a death sentence. At that time we did not have medicines that had been shown to be very effective in slowing the progression ...

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  • Is nicotine replacement therapy effective in the “real world”?

    Over a hundred double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trials have evaluated the efficacy of nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation, and the results are very clear: use of NRT almost doubles the smokers’ chances of successfully quit...

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  • Triple combination therapy for medically ill smokers

    Today sees the publication of a new study by Dr Michael Steinberg and colleagues at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, examining the effect of more intensive smoking cessation treatment in smokers with pre-existing medical con...

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  • Nicotine Addiction: How It Can Trick You Into “Absent-Minded” Smoking.

    When we think of the challenges of beating nicotine addiction we usually think of strong cravings and struggling with severe irritability and restlessness. However, sometimes the addiction works in much more subtle ways. Sometimes the addicted min...

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  • New Report on Cigarette Smoking in USA

    An important new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was released this week by Dr Gary Giovino and colleagues. This report provides details on recent changes in cigarette smoking in every state. It used the best quality data from...

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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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