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If this title resonates with you and you feel that you have tried countless times to quit and/or countless methods to quit and still haven’t found the right approach, don’t worry there may be other options. Also, if this title speaks to you then you are someone that doesn’t give up and you keep on making efforts to quit! Most people are not… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
Early in the 20th century lung cancer was described as one of the rarest forms of cancer, but what could not be predicted in the early 1900’s was the impact cigarette smoking would have in the United States. Since 1986 lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.  The dramatic increase in lung cancer caused death,… (Show more)
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dr.hurt
It’s not uncommon for people who smoke to be in a relationship with another smoker.  This can be like a double edged sword…it can either help or hinder a person’s goal of stopping.   If a smoking couple comes in together and each have the stated goal to stop smoking, special planning is required.  In the best cases, each can be supportive and… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
As the number of children using e-cigarettes remains at epidemic levels, the FDA has announced new actions that are currently being taken focusing on both retailers and manufacturers, as part of our commitment to combat youth access to e-cigarettes.    On March 4th, 2019 a letter was sent to Walgreens corporate management requesting a meeting to… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
Mindfulness is a term one hears frequently these days.  It is associated with an almost unbelievably wide array of self-improvement and relaxation strategies, as one look in the ‘self-help’ section of a bookstore, or a web search can confirm.   While I can’t vouch for the many claimed good effects of mindfulness, it does seem to help to reduce… (Show more)
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Dr.Hays
Many smokers fear that when they quit, withdrawal will never end. They’ll say, “What if I’m always miserable?”   That’s a natural concern. After all, nicotine cravings are real, and they’re not fun! But this doesn’t mean you’ll be plagued by cravings — or that they’ll be strong enough to drive you back to smoking.   Here are 3 ways to minimize… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
Lately, I have been encountering many individuals that are “closet smokers.”  This made me wonder how many of you on the EX Community were hiding your smoking from loved ones?  What types of lies did you tell yourself? How big of a canyon did you create in your relationships with the people you love?   When people smoke in secret it creates… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
There is SO much information/MISinformation out there about how nicotine replacements are harmful for our hearts!  But, is it?  Literature has been plentiful, since the 90’s on how nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is much safer for our heart health and blood vessels, than smoking!   Yes, nicotine can cause constriction of blood vessels.… (Show more)
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NDC.Treatment.Team
Recently when working with a group of patients quitting tobacco, we were talking about coping skills for urges and cravings.   While we have traditionally looked at the 4 D’s (Delay, Distract, Deep breathing, and Drink water), this group added 2 more to the list: Discuss, and a surprise fun one - Dance!!   So, consider trying these cognitive… (Show more)
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