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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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  • Do menthol smokers inhale more nicotine and toxins?

    I have previously discussed some studies conducted at UMDNJ suggesting that under certain conditions menthol smokers inhale more nicotine and carbon-monoxide from their cigarettes and have a lower quit rate when attending our tobacco dependence tr...

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  • Tobacco tax to renew insurance for poor kids

    If you are a regular reader you may recall that a couple of months back I wrote about the legislation required to continue to provide federal funding for health insurance for uninsured children from poor families:Increase cigarette tax to pay for ...

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  • More adolescent smokers becoming addicted to menthol cigarettes

    I have previously written about the increasing evidence that smokers of menthol cigarettes find it harder to quit. (You can find previous posts on menthol by typing “menthol” in the “Search health experts” box on the right). Today I want to highli...

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  • Early test-marketing of snus in the United States.

    Snus is a relatively new smokeless tobacco product in the United States, and is modeled after the Swedish moist snuff product that is heat-treated rather than fermented, resulting in lower concentrations of certain toxins, (carcinogenic tobacco-sp...

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  • The Nicotine Reduction Strategy

    In my last post I mentioned a “regulated nicotine reduction strategy” that has been proposed numerous times over the past 10 years or so, but most consistently by Professor Neal Benowitz of the University of California at San Francisco. I mentione...

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  • Sir Richard Doll: Remembered

    One of the key researchers who originally discovered, researched and publicized the fact that smoking causes lung cancer (and other diseases) was Sir Richard Doll. In 1950 he published a paper in the British Medical Journal and Ernst Wynder and c...

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  • Cigarette taxes to increase across USA

    On February 4th President Obama signed legislation designed to provide health insurance to uninsured children in low-income families, which will be funded by a 62 cent increase in the federal cigarette tax per pack . This will increase the federal...

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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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About the Author


MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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