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Dr.Hays
As we field questions on a daily basis about electronic cigarettes, vape pens, vapor systems, etc. from our patients at the Mayo Clinic, I’d like to share our current knowledge of these devices with the Ex community and what we recommend at the Nicotine Dependence Center.    What are E-cigarettes? This question is not as easy to answer as one… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
Vaping is increasing at an alarming rate as are the related health concerns. The CDC has received almost 500 reports on severe pulmonary problems being caused by e-cigarette products.  A sixth death suspected to be caused by vaping has now been reported in Kansas.  The Surgeon General has declared e-cigarette use among young people as an epidemic,… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
We are just completing another of our Residential tobacco treatment programs. This is a 8 day program in which patients reside at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 8 days and participate in education sessions, counseling, and medical visits to stop treat their tobacco dependence.  We provide between 8-10 of these sessions per year.   The program… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
The Minnesota Department of Health released an alert this week about severe lung injury in young people related to vaping.   A number of states have now reported similar harm that seems to be caused by e-cigarette inhalation.     Lungs are vital and very reactive to toxins.  We know very little about the longer term effect of vaping upon these… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
Do you remember the song by Sheryl Crow, “a change would do you good”?   If you are here on the EX site, you are likely at least thinking about making a change to quit smoking.    The thought of quitting can be daunting and it may even seem impossible to do.   What if you decide to stay the same and not change? That too may be hard to imagine as… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
What happens to people who smoke sometimes “ain’t very pretty.”  That is the point of the new labeling rules for cigarettes that the FDA is considering.  The label changes for cigarettes would include the requirement of having a graphic pictorial image showing 1 of 12 serious complications of smoking or secondhand smoke exposure along with a text… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
Often we think of stress as something that is happening to us: too many demands, situations that aren’t resolving as we hoped, or a series of unfavorable events. However we might benefit from seeing stress in a different light, as how we react to events, rather than how events are happening to us.   Our body provides us with one underlying… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
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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