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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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One of the most poignant “Becoming an Ex” stories I ever heard from a patient was about leaving a loved one out in the rain!   I worked with a 40-year old gentleman, who had smoked all of his adult life, 2 packs a day, for 25 years!  He had a large heart attack, and was reminiscing about what might have “put him in this state of health”, as he… (Show more)
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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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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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Dr.Hays
Shortly after electronic cigarettes came on the market in 2011 people became interested to know if these devices might help smokers to quit smoking tobacco.  There were a number of early studies and observations that made people believe electronic cigarettes might ultimately be a very helpful product and might be the solution to help people quit… (Show more)
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Does one have control over smoking? I often hear- smoking is the only thing in their control, it is their right, their freedom, their choice….. But is it?   It sounds mundane, but really thinking about how smoking plays a role in your life and the reasons you want to stop smoking. To some they will say smoking is “the one thing they have,” “their… (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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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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Dr.Hays
As we begin another residential program today, our tobacco treatment specialists will spend the next week working with a group of ten patients to stop smoking and create individual plans for living a smoke-free life.  As we have discussed in past blogs, for those who have become addicted to tobacco, smoking not only integrates itself into their… (Show more)
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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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