• Smoking, Carbon Monoxide, and Your Skin

    The older I get, the more concerned I become about taking care of myself.  I am realizing that the body I have been given is what I am living in day in and day out! And a large part of the protection of that body...
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  • Change the Habit Loop

    Your brain has a built in reward based learning system that is geared towards immediate gratification.  Since nicotine is fast acting, individuals that use tobacco get stuck in a habit loop that is difficult to i...
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  • “I’m terrified the cravings will never go away.”

    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 ...
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  • First days

    I love the month of September, not because it is the end of summer (which I also really enjoy too) but because it is a time of year for firsts.  It was always exciting when my kids were getting ready to go back t...
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  • E-cigarettes and Public Health

    The recent and growing epidemic of serious lung injury apparently related to electronic nicotine delivery devices, AKA electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, has caused us to rethink a lot of our assumptions in the to...
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  • Lung Injuries and Vaping

    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-cig...
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  • School policies and curriculum to address the use of e-cigarettes

    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 ...
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  • FAQs about Electronic Cigarettes

    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 commu...
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  • Nicotine Dependence Center Residential Program

    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, counseli...
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  • A Change Would Do You Good

    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 ...
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  • Proposed Warning Labels for Cigarettes

    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 wo...
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  • Stress and resilience

    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 ...
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  • Real Talk

    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”? ...
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  • Smoking and your health: the thyroid

    The extent of the widespread damage to health caused by cigarette smoke is almost unbelievable.  Smoking kills 60% of people who don’t quit, and cigarette smoke affects almost every organ system in the huma...
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  • Remembering to be mindful

    We have written before about how mindfulness can help reduce cravings.   Indeed, mindfulness cannot only help with cravings, but it can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and reduce high blood pressur...
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  • PROTECT YOUR VISION – QUIT SMOKING!

    Many people do not realize just how consequential and extensive the health effects of smoking are.  Unfortunately, many smokers will use a bit of information, like a doctor saying ‘your lung screen is norma...
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  • Helping your children who vape

    Dr. Hays wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago aimed to arm parents to talk with their children about ‘vaping’.  Let’s keep the lectures to a minimum. It’s worth a read.      ...
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  • The Key To Making It Easier

    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 alon...
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  • Let’s keep the lectures to a minimum

    As a parent, there is plenty to worry about, as we try to raise our children.  We know that as children grow they become more independent from us and can make decisions that can alter their lives.  Smoking c...
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  • Conquer the Craving - in one minute or less

    Cravings to smoke can hijack your brain, and in that moment the desire to smoke can feel stronger than anything else. Cravings, if given the opportunity can sabotage all your hard work you have put into quitting and l...
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