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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Classic paper: health consequences of smoking1-4 cigarettes

    The journal Tobacco Control has on its website a list of the top 10 most read articles each month. One paper that has been near the top ever since it was published in 2005, was written by Dr Kjell Bjartveit and his colleague Dr Tverdal, on “Healt...

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  • Health insurance coverage for nicotine dependence treatment

    Last night I went to see the Michael Moore movie “SiCKO” which is an expose of the problems with the U.S. healthcare system, focusing particularly on the problems with health insurance and so-called “Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)”. No ma...

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  • Facing The Tobacco Industry – 2

    As mentioned in my previous comment, I recently gave a presentation at a tobacco industry conference on the future of tobacco harm reduction. My main message for the industry was that tinkering around with cigarettes will not make them meaningfull...

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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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