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  • 10th Anniversary of Whyquit.com

    Last week marked the 10th anniversary of a smoking cessation website called “whyquit.com”. Now those of you who know me, and know that website and its director, Mr John Polito, may wonder why I’m choosing to give it some free publicity. The websi...

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  • Wearing the patch prior to quitting

    The normal recommended way to use the nicotine patch is to choose a “Target Quit Day”, smoke your last cigarette and get rid of all your tobacco the night before it, and then start wearing the patch instead of smoking on the morning of your quit d...

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  • Massachusetts smoking cessation benefit coverage leads to dramatic effects on cessation and health.

    Across the country health insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatment - both counseling and medications – has been extremely patchy. For example, we ask all the new patients attending our smoking cessation clinic in New Jersey if their ins...

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  • Group Smoking Cessation Classes:

    Hi everyone! I'm Carrie, and I've been contributing to this blog off and on, documenting my experiences with tobacco dependence. My contribution has been an experiment of sorts--providing a patient's perspective along with experts in the field of ...

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  • Chantix (varenicline) Safety

    Last week a report was released by an organization called the “Institute for Safe Medication Practices” (ISMP) which claimed to have safety concerns about Chantix (varenicline, also marketed as Champix outside the United States). The Executive Sum...

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  • Chantix (varenicline) safety being reviewed by FDA

    The issue of Chantix safety and particularly its potential psychiatric side effects have been previously discussed on this blog with many informative comments from Chantix users and their family members:"Chantix: how does this new stop smoking med...

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  • Stop smoking books: which ones help most?

    On this blog we have discussed helpful internet sites, counseling formats and medications, but so far we havn’t yet discussed self-help books that are designed to help the reader to quit. This past weekend I spent some time in Barnes and Noble che...

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  • 2009 Virginia Youth Tobacco Program Conference Presentations

    I was recently invited to speak at the Virginia Youth Tobacco Program’s Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia. My topic was whether snus (smokeless tobacco) might help some smokers to quit smoking. Drs Thomas Eissenberg (Victoria Commonwealth Un...

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  • Thank you Health Business Blog for grand rounds 3:45.

    Thank you to David E. Williams of Health Business Blog for hosting Grand Rounds this week and including my posting on Health Insurance Coverage for Nicotine Dependence (plus a review of Michael Moore’s “Sicko”) . Grand Rounds is a compilation of b...

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  • Thanks to “Dr Anonymous” for Grand Rounds 4.9.

    Thank you Doctor Anonymous for publishing Grand Rounds 4.9 and including my post on “Why do some doctors not treat tobacco dependence?”. Grand Rounds is a compilation of medical blogs for the week. There are usually some interesting reads, so che...

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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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