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  • Request for comment on FDA regulation

    As many of you will know, President Obama recently signed the historic legislation that will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products. In the coming months and years we will find out whether that legisl...

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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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  • Celebrate your independence from tobacco

    Here in the United States, the 4th of July is the day Americans celebrate their independence from Great Britain. It was on this day in 1776 that the 12 colonies agreed on the text of the Declaration of Independence and the first copy was signed by...

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  • Menthol: it helps the poison go down easier

    I’m writing from the second conference on menthol and cigarettes, in Washington DC. This conference was organized to review the evidence on the effects of menthol in cigarettes and to discuss what further research is necessary and what actions sho...

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  • Ready, Steady…..

    OK, here we are coming to the end of another year. If you are still smoking have you ever said to yourself things like, “I’ll quit when I go to college”, or “I’ll quit when I graduate from college”, or “I’ll quit when I start my new job” or “I’ll ...

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  • Help for young smokeless tobacco users: mylastdip.com

    A month ago I wrote about the health risks from using smokeless tobacco:http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2009/08/how-harmful-is-snuff-smokeless-tobacco.htmlToday I’d like to mention a relatively new website that is designed to hel...

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  • New IARC monograph on smokeless tobacco

    The latest report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was released at the end of 2007. (downloadable – though very large - at: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ ). This report is based on the opinions of an expert working group th...

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  • Is Unassisted Quitting The Most Successful Method?

    Once again, my Australian tobacco control colleague, Professor Simon Chapman, has courted controversy by publishing another article railing against smoking cessation treatment for smokers and suggesting that the most successful method is unassiste...

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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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