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When choosing the type of NRT you may use, think about which method will best fit your lifestyle and pattern of smoking or using smokeless tobacco. It is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to short-acting NRT and largely is personal preference. For example, are you looking for something to hold in your hand or to have in your mouth? Or do you… (Show more)
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While quitting smoking requires behavior change, no doubt many of you have recently instituted some new behaviors in your life whether you are quitting smoking or not. We see on social media the myriad of ways many are spending their time at home during the pandemic -doing things they never thought they would have time for (learning a new… (Show more)
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The leading cause of cancer death among both men and women continues to be lung cancer.  Lung cancer mortality is so high because it is usually not discovered early enough for treatment to be effective.  Screening and early identification saves lives.  It has become a recommended preventive practice and covered service for people at risk for lung… (Show more)
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Many smokers learn, “If I smoke, my mood gets better.”  While smoking in the short-term improves mood, it produces a decline in mood, long-term.  How do you take care of your mood while trying to quit smoking?  Have you heard the phrase, “Fake it till you make it?”  It is important when quitting smoking to develop a new plan for self-care to help… (Show more)
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In previous blogs we’ve discussed the importance of sleep for health and the complex relationship between smoking, nicotine withdrawal and sleep. Sleep is a key factor in quality of life and can be an important part of recovery from tobacco addiction.   Insomnia can mean difficulty falling asleep, inability to stay asleep, or waking too early… (Show more)
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Many times in talking with people about smoking cessation, I get asked questions about American Spirit cigarettes. American Spirit has claimed on its packaging that is “made with organic tobacco”, “100% additive free”, and “100% U.S. grown tobacco”, which can lead many people to believe that these cigarettes are less harmful than other cigarettes.… (Show more)
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Withdrawal symptoms are often considered one of the greatest hurdles for folks trying to stop smoking.  Tobacco use impacts our bodies and minds in such different ways that trying to juggle daily responsibilities while quitting smoking can feel overwhelming.  While evidence-based research shows that cessation medications (i.e., the nicotine patch,… (Show more)
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Treatment for tobacco use works.  Counseling and medication are proven effective for increasing quit rates .  It is one of the most cost-effective benefits that can be provided by health care plans.  The Affordable Care Act had classified tobacco treatment as an essential health benefit to ensure that this life saving treatment would be covered by… (Show more)
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I have recently spoken with two patients, and a few other folks, who had heard or read that smoking was ‘good’ for COVID.  Not true!  Maybe you’ve heard similar misinformation?  I thought I would share with you an update on what we know about the association and talk some about the genesis of the misinformation.   As of today, SARS COVID 19 has… (Show more)
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As a respiratory disease, the severity of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), may be greater for those in whom pulmonary function may already be compromised – such as those who smoke. However, the risk of initially contracting the disease may also be higher for those who use tobacco – chewers as well as smokers, due to the behavioral routines… (Show more)
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