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The extent of the widespread damage to health caused by cigarette smoke is almost unbelievable.  Smoking kills 60% of people who don’t quit, and cigarette smoke affects almost every organ system in the human body. People are familiar with the most common problems caused by smoking, like cancers, emphysema, and heart disease.  There is less… (Show more)
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Dr. Hays wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago aimed to arm parents to talk with their children about ‘vaping’.  Let’s keep the lectures to a minimum. It’s worth a read.      I want to add to the resources referenced in that blog by my colleague,  with a new one that is right here on  EX. Helping a Child Quit Vaping | BecomeAnEX. Parents who are… (Show more)
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Wellness-- is a trendy term and, in fact,  has grown on me.  According to Webster, wellness is defined as “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal”.     What do you think of when you hear this term? In my experience, many people hear the term wellness and immediately think of exercise or going to the… (Show more)
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We live in a world of comparison. Kids and teens are comparing themselves to their favorite social media icon or pop star, all while developing feelings of inadequacy- “why can’t I be like them”?   Are adults much different?   Stay with me on this. Often as humans we seek approval and reassurance in most things we do. It is built into our… (Show more)
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Sometimes the seemingly easy things are actually the hardest to do.  I was talking with a patient today about triggers for smoking, and how the average cravings last 5-7 minutes.  He responded something along the lines of “Well it should be easy to put something in there for THAT amount of time (i.e., rather than smoking).”  “But in reality”, he… (Show more)
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As a parent, there is plenty to worry about, as we try to raise our children.  We know that as children grow they become more independent from us and can make decisions that can alter their lives.  Smoking cigarettes, which typically begins in high school, is one of those things that parents hope their children never do.  As the rates of cigarette… (Show more)
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Cravings to smoke can hijack your brain, and in that moment the desire to smoke can feel stronger than anything else. Cravings, if given the opportunity can sabotage all your hard work you have put into quitting and leave you feeling powerless. What is a strategy that might help?   One method could be, “Play the tape through to the end’ or… (Show more)
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Tobacco 21 laws have now been approved in several states (including Arkansas, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington) as well as some large metropolitan areas.  This law is very important for we know that between the ages of 18 and 21 is the crucial period… (Show more)
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Many people using tobacco hear this advice from family and friends, but sometimes also hear this advice from a healthcare provider.  It seems very odd that a healthcare provider would ever advise a smoker to continue smoking, but in fact it happens more often than you would think.  For example, most people, including healthcare providers, believe… (Show more)
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Doing the right thing!   Does your health care plan cover smoking cessation?  IF not, it should!  Treatment for tobacco addiction should be included in benefit plans as are other addiction and behavioral health treatments.   Because of the extraordinary benefit to people’s health, the Centers for Disease control recommends that smoking cessation… (Show more)
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