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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 of the most corrosive human emotions.” When shame gets in our head our self-talk turns to, “I am a failure,” “I am flawed,” “I am unlovable,”… (Show more)
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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.  These challenges can certainly make it difficult to consider stopping, and often the reinforcement from nicotine is paired with natural… (Show more)
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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 hand smoke, e-cigarettes, and addiction, but this is only the second report, and the first in 30 years, on a topic of personal interest to… (Show more)
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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 don’t need to worry about this osteoporosis thing until I’m in my 60’s right?     Wrong. Many people begin smoking while in high school, and although they… (Show more)
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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 desire to stop and a great deal of effort expended trying to stop.  We try to encourage those folks to stop being hard on themselves and stop… (Show more)
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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 continue smoking, but in fact it happens more often than you would think.  For example, most people, including healthcare providers, believe… (Show more)
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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 issued in 2015 estimated that this law would reduce smoking initiation among people ages 15-17 by 25% and among those age 18-21 by 15%; eventually… (Show more)
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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 helpful for your quitting spouse.   Despite the difficulties in quitting, 40% of those who are successful attribute their success… (Show more)
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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 and developing a medication plan. It is common at the outset of the program for patients to be reluctant about using the recommended… (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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