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Quitting Smoking

Scientific Findings Can Help Get Your Resolutions Back on Track

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

Occasional slip-ups do not mean you are incapable of self-control, but rather that you either didn't manage your fuel well or are taking on something too big too soon... also, that you are human.

How to Get Started with E-Cigarettes

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 01.27.2015 | San Francisco
Oscar Raymundo

Over the last year, vaping (or "smoking" e-cigarettes) has gone mainstream, as more former smokers turn to this alternative to the dangers of smoking real cigarettes.

Vapor Daze

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 03.11.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

White clouds drift along the Intracoastal. Traffic backs up as the bridge rises to allow a sailboat and a yacht to pass through. My American coffee doesn't look or taste American at all. It is Cafe con Leche, topped with foamy cream. I sip the strong brew while I wait for the young man who owns the Vapor Shop where I will be doing bookkeeping today. This is a hell of lot better than working in a cubicle.

Men And Women React To Smoking Differently, So They Might Need To Quit Differently Too

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living

A new way to image people's brains while they smoke has revealed physical evidence for a phenomenon scientists have studied for quite some time: Cigar...

How Quitting Smoking Changes Your Body

Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living

The grim news is that cigarette smoking is attributed to about 443,000 deaths each year in the United States. The good news is that the younger you ar...

Quitting Smoking: You CAN Do It!

Harold Wimmer | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

November is both National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and COPD Awareness Month -- the perfect two-in-one reminder that the best way to reduce your risk of these and other serious illnesses is to quit smoking. Quitting isn't easy, but you're not alone, there's help available and you CAN do it.

Here's How A Cher Concert Made Slash Quit Smoking

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Ex-smokers all have their reasons for putting down the cigarettes and former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash says his is, well, Cher. The rock ...

Why I Opened a Vaporium and Am Dedicating My Life to Reducing Smoking

Talia Eisenberg | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Talia Eisenberg

If policymakers and the media demonize e-cigarettes they are doing a great disservice to people who are either using e-cigs or plan to one day, by discouraging them from using this powerful tool.

Tell Young People the Truth: E-Cigarettes and Vaping Flavors Help People Quit Smoking

Tony Newman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

It seems like every day we hear a new attack - yet these products are actually helping some people quit or cut back on the much more dangerous alternative of smoking tobacco.

Quitting Gradually or Abruptly: Which Is Better?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

When it comes to the moment of truth of quitting, the crucial question becomes: Is the smoker saying goodbye to cigarettes by admitting that the addiction has gotten the best of them, that the relationship has gone bad and they need to quit it completely? Or is the smoker, instead, waiting to smoke again and holding out for the next puff?

Quit Attempts: Confidence Builders or Breakers?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Recent international research suggests for some smokers, just trying to quit again, without recovering from a failed attempt, contributes to what they call "cessation fatigue." According to this research, there is a generalized capacity to quit, but that capacity needs to regenerate between tries.

How Rewiring Your Brain Starts With Wisdom

Posted 03.26.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In conjunction with the release of Arianna Huffington's book "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom...

How I Got To Know My Dad After His Death

Peggie Walsh | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Peggie Walsh

My father remarked every time he saw our neighbor light up that he was driving another nail in his coffin. So I asked the kid next door if his father was really building a coffin. He didn't know what the heck I was talking about!

The Rise of the Electronic Cigarette Cognoscenti

India Mandelkern | Posted 01.20.2014 | Los Angeles
India Mandelkern

The electronic cigarette has been on the scene for only a couple of years, but its proponents are already creating a vibrant culture of their own. The...

The Battle Against Tobacco Rages On

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The tobacco industry still spends billions of dollars a year -- more than $28 for every man, woman and child in the United States -- to promote its deadly products. CDC recommends that states fund tobacco prevention programs at $12 per person per year. But last year states spent less than $1.50 per person to address this serious health threat.

Building a Smoke-Free Life in Recovery

Michael Botticelli | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Botticelli

Five decades ago, tobacco was everywhere in America. It was perfectly normal to enter a smoke-filled restaurant for dinner, encounter lit cigarettes o...

To My Baby Sister, On Maintaining Her 'Smobriety'

James Brown | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brown

I am glad you quit smoking last week. I know how hard it is to change habits. That's why I am writing this. I want you to succeed and I think this can help.

The Future of Smoking Cessation (Hint: It May Not Be E-Cigarettes)

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

E-cigarettes made a big splash recently, with celebrities smoking them on talk shows and companies ramping up their production to rake in profits before the FDA comes in and regulates them. The tag line is that it is better to use an e-cigarette than smoke the real thing. But do they really help people quit?

The 13 Bad Habits We Just Can't Give Up

Posted 11.21.2013 | Fifty

Earlier this month, a survey in Britain about bad habits found that people struggle most with trying to give up smoking, although many also are addict...

U.S. Colleges and Universities Deserve an 'A' for Going Tobacco-Free

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Our physical environment affects the daily choices we make about life and health. College and university campuses can prevent nicotine addiction among students by implementing tobacco-free campus policies and promoting healthy lifestyle choices

No One Deserves Lung Cancer

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

I am confident that if the medical community, research community, business community, elected officials, patients, advocates, and family members all come together -- we could dedicate the necessary resources to combat this deadly disease.

Why Quitting Something Is Often Cause For Celebration

Brent Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Brent Green

I stood before an eclectic gathering of dinner guests, questions unanswered. This much they knew: the ambiance was festive, the barbecue fare tasted scrumptious, the Chardonnay continued to pour, and plentiful desserts awaited. But nobody could answer two lingering questions: Why this party theme? Why now?

Terrie Hall: A Beautiful Woman Who Saved Thousands of Lives

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

In a society where women are often judged by their looks, Terrie did not hide the scars on her face caused by smoking. With her raspy voice, she was able to rekindle the awareness of the American people to the continued suffering caused by smoking.

9 Things to Think About When Thinking About Cigars -- Little or Big

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

Cigars can be as deadly as cigarettes -- especially for former cigarette smokers, for those who smoke smaller cigars, for those who inhale and for those who smoke several times a day.

Should We Ban Smokers? Some Companies Are

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

I am yet to be convinced that policies such as not hiring or going as far as firing smokers is a better solution than devoting resources to helping them quit (and work).