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Treatment for tobacco use works.  Counseling and medication are proven effective for increasing quit rates .  It is one of the most cost-effective benefits that can be provided by health care plans.  The Affordable Care Act had classified tobacco treatment as an essential health benefit to ensure that this life saving treatment would be covered by… (Show more)
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people are more likely to smoke than their straight or cisgender counterparts.  And, the addiction begins early as LGBTQ youth are nearly twice as likely to be addicted to tobacco compared with young people who are not in the LGBTQ community.  This disparity is in part due to aggressive tobacco… (Show more)
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Science has been called the engine of our prosperity and the mother of invention. The scientific method isn’t perfect, but it is the best system we have to develop reliable expert knowledge.  But science is under attack in many ways and this has direct impact on the health and future of us all.   I recently reflected upon this after noticing on… (Show more)
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It is so important to take care of ourselves during stressful times like now but it is all too easy to forget to do the basics.  Here’s a reminder: check in with your body, mind, and spirit.   Take a moment to check in with your body.  Our body is a wondrous biochemical symphony that is always harmonizing with the here and now.  We can get lost… (Show more)
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During this time of uncertainty, our anxiety levels can be up one day, down the next, depending on multiple factors. When will life return to normal? When will I go back to work? Will I still have a job? When will this pandemic end? We can put ourselves into chaos by all of the thoughts that can race through our heads in a day.Many people might… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
Stress in its many forms and the desire to relieve stress are common reasons for people to smoke.  Early on most smokers experience relief of stress and anxiety but regular use of cigarettes shortly leads to brain changes that actually make it harder to experience relief of stress.  Within a short time virtually every smoker experiences increased… (Show more)
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I have recently spoken with two patients, and a few other folks, who had heard or read that smoking was ‘good’ for COVID.  Not true!  Maybe you’ve heard similar misinformation?  I thought I would share with you an update on what we know about the association and talk some about the genesis of the misinformation.   As of today, SARS COVID 19 has… (Show more)
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“Practice makes perfect.” This powerful, three word phrase has been shared countless times to inspire commitment, dedication, and hard work for achieving personal goals. Such goals can be as diverse as increasing a step each day, creating a space to practice self-care daily, or like all of you at BecomeAnEX to quit smoking, vaping, dipping or… (Show more)
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Recovery from addiction can be difficult.  Relapse and struggle are frequently part of the process.  People who are more addicted can have a very challenging time becoming tobacco free despite a strong desire to stop and a great deal of effort expended trying to stop.  We try to encourage those folks to stop being hard on themselves and stop… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
The news cycle happens very fast in this country. What is hot news one day can be back page news or completely out of sight the next.  This has happened with a condition known as EVALI, or “E cigarette or vaping associated lung injury.”  In some ways it is good news that this problem has become less newsworthy in the last few months because this… (Show more)
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