• Positive Self Talk

    It has been shown time and time again that we believe what we hear ourselves say. Optimism or pessimism may affect your quality of life, and also your attempt to stop smoking.  Studies indicate that optimism e...
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  • Every day you don’t smoke, dip, chew or vape is a victory (even if COVID-19 is making it hard to celebrate). 

    The COVID-19 crisis has caused disruption and worry for us all.  Life can seem ‘out-of-control’. You might feel more stressed than usual, out of your routine, or missing the things or people you rely ...
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  • Smoking and Stress

    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 brai...
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  • What happened to “EVALI”?

    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 v...
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  • Five Reasons to Supercharge your Quit with Exercise

    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 year...
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  • How to Silence Shame

    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 ...
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  • Contrary to popular opinion

    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. ...
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  • New Surgeon General Report: “Smoking Cessation”

    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 ha...
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  • Smoking and Your Bones!!

    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 d...
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  • Caring and sharing

    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 desir...
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  • Don’t quit now, it will stress you out!

    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 cont...
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  • Tobacco 21 and Medications to stop smoking

    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 ...
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  • Smoking - A Family Affair

    Most spouses or partners of smokers would like it if there loved one would quit. However they may be unsure of the best way to help their loved one. When looking to be supportive - Here is some information that may be...
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  • Nicotine replacement - safe and effective

    As some of you may know, the Mayo Clinic has an 8 –day residential treatment program for tobacco users. On the first day of the program patients have a series of appointments including meeting with a provider an...
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  • Stopping Smoking When You and Your Partner Smoke

    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.   I...
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  • Resolution Time

      It’s resolution time of the year,...again.  Making a resolution is an admirable New Year tradition but, resolution season can be a time of demoralization and great pressure from self and others. ...
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  • Winter Solstice and Renewal

    Next week, here in the northern hemisphere, is winter solstice, the shortest day, the darkest day, of the year.  The solstice however is the beginning of a change. Each day afterwards, the amount of daylight incr...
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  • A Plan for the Holidays

    The holidays can be a challenge for people who are trying to stop smoking or vaping.  Being busy with family commitments, shopping lists, party preparations, and the chaos of the holidays can be quite stressful.&...
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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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  • How does Being Grateful and Giving Thanks Keep Us Healthy?

    Gratitude is a powerful emotion!  Gratitude activates the parasympathetic (rest-and-digest), relaxing part of the nervous system, which results in many positive effects, such as decreases in our body’s cort...
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