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Smoking Addiction

This Cocaine Tastes Like Oreos

Mark Morford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Drugs! Cocaine! Oreo cookies! You! Rats! Addiction! Obamacare! Sex! -- all about this cute little study that reveals how it lab rats, not all that surprisingly, love those famous, chocolatey discs of sugar and lard just as much as they love cocaine.

Understanding the Addiction

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

I had a patient who had come in to my clinic to quit smoking. He was smoking 30 cigarettes a day and had tried to quit before but to no avail. On the first night of our smoking cessation class, I taught him a simple practice.

Who Has the Real Power to Stop Smoking? Hint: Not Smokers

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Scout, Ph.D.

Quitting smoking isn't just personal -- public health spending and policies help take down the fences to healthier behavior, and we haven't taken down many for smoking at all.

Flight: An Aeriel View of Addiction

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

I've seen her so many times, the obese woman with an aura of nicotine who staggers into my allergist's office, gasping, her pudgy hand at her throat. ...

Natural Highs: A Positive Approach To Mood Alteration

Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D.

Although we have developed effective technologies to track the epidemiology of alcoholism, nicotine addiction, and other hedonic dependencies, strategies for their prevention and treatment remain sorely inept. We need new ways of managing pleasure that go beyond AA.

Self-Portrait of the Artist as Smoker

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Addicts under the addictive spell of smoking always have a reason or an excuse to smoke, whether these make sense or not. The real question is whether they truly believe their lives will be better if they free themselves from the familiar thrall that smoking reliably provides them.

Proof That Treating Addictions With Drugs Doesn't Work

Stanton Peele | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Although clinical trials show nicotine replacement therapy patients do better at quitting cigarettes, surveys of smokers who have quit or tried to quit typically do not find any advantage for those who rely on NRT.

Three Ways the 'Decision to Quit' Can Help You Through the Holidays

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 02.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

A genuine decision to quit calls for a shift into a new relationship with the hard-edged reality of smoking. At this time of year winter blues and holiday stress, as well as holiday hype and disappointments, provide plenty of triggers for smoking addiction to feed upon.

Warning: Cigarettes Are Addictive

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 08.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Addicted smokers are unlikely to ever become recreational smokers, as much as they wish they could. The wish to "just have one" is a wish that, for most addicts who successfully quit their drug, must remain unfulfilled.

Smokers' Brains React To On-Screen Smoking In Surprising Way

TIME | Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

When Don Draper lights up a Lucky Strike, the smokers in the "Mad Men" audience are simultaneously -- and likely unconsciously -- planning the actions...

How The Meaning Of Addiction Is Shifting As We Speak

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

So when is something addictive? It's addictive when we reckon a kind of preoccupation has significant negative effects, either on us as individuals, or on society.

Omega, Cigarette Smoking Chimpanzee, Rescued In Lebanon Zoo (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Animal rights activists have rescued a 12-year-old chimpanzee from a zoo in Lebanon, after it was discovered the animal had developed a cigarette habi...

Smokers Turn To Social Media For Help Kicking Habit

Health.com | Anne Harding | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"I'm on my 800th quit attempt," Justin Randolph, 28, announced recently on a Facebook page created by the New York City Department of Public Health ...

Caffeine Addiction -- As Real As Nicotine Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

"How ridiculous," we think. "Coffee, addictive" -- what will they think of next." Let's dial back to 1964 -- the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. You know, the one that banned smoking.