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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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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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Dr.Hays
Sometimes it seems like making one healthy change can be the catalyst to inspire other healthy behaviors.  Adding a dose of physical activity to your quit plan (even those of you who have been smoke-free for years!) may yield surprising results.  Think of how the following benefits of exercise might impact your success. According to the staff at… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
I have been doing a great deal of thinking about shame and the power it has on influencing our thoughts and how it can sabotage us, when we are trying to make changes.  I once heard shame described as “one of the most corrosive human emotions.” When shame gets in our head our self-talk turns to, “I am a failure,” “I am flawed,” “I am unlovable,”… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
We often hear from people that they are better off not making a tobacco quit attempt because they are depressed, anxious, or too stressed and they fear that these problems will worsen if they stop using tobacco.  These challenges can certainly make it difficult to consider stopping, and often the reinforcement from nicotine is paired with natural… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
The Surgeon General has newly released a report on smoking cessation.  Since the first report released in 1964, the Surgeon General has published more than 25 reports on the health effects from tobacco, second hand smoke, e-cigarettes, and addiction, but this is only the second report, and the first in 30 years, on a topic of personal interest to… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
Your bones – your skeleton –what gives the body form to function is very important.  And it is not something you think about when you consider the many medical consequences of smoking.   But I don’t need to worry about this osteoporosis thing until I’m in my 60’s right?     Wrong. Many people begin smoking while in high school, and although they… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
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
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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NDC.Treatment.Team
You probably are aware that ‘Tobacco 21’ was signed into federal law in December, and went into effect as of January 1, 2020.  This is a good thing.  The National Academy of Medicine in a report issued in 2015 estimated that this law would reduce smoking initiation among people ages 15-17 by 25% and among those age 18-21 by 15%; eventually… (Show more)
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