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Smoking Cessation

Quitting Gradually or Abruptly: Which Is Better?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 06.23.2014 | 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?

Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.

Jillian Berman

E-Cigarette Rules Are Essentially A Huge Win For Big Tobacco

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business

The FDA announced Thursday that it would regulate e-cigarettes for the first time. No one seems particularly impressed by the new effort. Publi...

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.

E-cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The debate over e-cigarettes has been heating up. Are the smokeless, battery-powered, nicotine-dispensing devices a gateway to smoking for young people or a helpful way for smokers to quit? Public health experts can be found on both sides of the debate.

Can Smokers Save on Insurance by Switching to E-Cigarettes?

PolicyGenius | Posted 05.31.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Insurers may warm to e-cigarettes in the coming years, but for now most of them will still think of you as a smoker even if you don't. In today's world of semi-privacy, it might be harder than you think to hide evidence of this should an insurer decide to look more closely.

E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe for the LGBT Communities?

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Working in tobacco control sometimes elicits interesting reactions from people. Some try to hide their smoking. While I certainly appreciate not being near the smoke itself, I've got great empathy for smokers.

CVS' Tobacco Move Follows Pilgrim's Progress

William Klein | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
William Klein

The news that CVS/Caremark will stop selling tobacco products in its stores is a gigantic leap forward in reducing smoking rates and promoting public ...

Resolution Resilience: Stay on Track and Super Charge Your Life in 2014

Paul McKenna | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul McKenna

New Year's resolutions are easy to make -- and even easier to break. Year after year, as Jan. 1 hits, millions of Americans vow to lose weight, but a ...

End the Tobacco Epidemic: Enough is Enough -- Together, We Can Save Half a Million Lives Every Year

Harold Wimmer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Without stronger laws to protect people, the door is left wide open for the tobacco industry to take advantage. Cigarette manufacturers have bought companies that make e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products to grow their empire, increase profits and maintain power over our youth.

Saving Mr. Disney: What Walt Taught Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

So with what we know today, we could have saved Mr. Disney, and many of the other celebrities. More importantly, you can save your own life by recognizing the problem of smoking addiction and committing yourself to improvement.

With Fewer Cancer Deaths, What Should You Do Now?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Still the most feared of all diseases, cancer now has some good news. But the responsibility is yours to make sure you are one of the good statistics, not one of the bad ones.

E-cigs vs. Cigs: Cut Through, Cut In, Cut Down, Cut Out

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

The clearest way to reduce smoking risks with vaping is to stop smoking. If needed, trying different vaping products can help smokers identify which are most helpful in getting them to end smoking. For cigarettes, no matter the method -- best to cut out, not just cut down.

50 Years Since Warning, Tobacco Remains Our Nation's Mt. Everest

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"Before you pick up another cigarette, know that you have about 30 million people who are with you -- right now -- wanting just as you badly as you do to beat one of the toughest addictions on earth."

Make This the Last Year You Resolve to Quit Smoking

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

Every smoker can quit. At the American Lung Association, we firmly believe that every smoker can quit. Each person needs to find the right combination of techniques for them and above all, they need to keep trying.

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?

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.

Five Ways NYC Kids Won and Big Tobacco Lost This Week

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Ten years ago, New York City enacted landmark legislation to curb the dangers of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death. This month, the City made history once again.

Lighter Cigarettes by Any Other Name Would Kill as Many Smokers

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

Products once labeled as lighter and milder are still sold. Even if labeled with random letters in plain white packs, consumers through tasting can identify the milder, lighter, smoother brands, and need to know that such brands are not linked to any reduced risks.

This Is How You Face Fear

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

So, if fear helps motivate us, what's wrong with injecting a bit of fear into our lives, so that we improve them? First, we can examine how well fear works as a motivator, and then see how it trips us up.

Dear Marlboro Man

Jan Birchfield, Ph.D | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Jan Birchfield, Ph.D

It was inevitable that things would end this way because your message was fundamentally flawed, built on bad information. You were never independent.

9 Things to Think About When Thinking About E-Cigarettes

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

E-cigs are much safer than cigarettes. We don't need clinical trials to know that a large rock falling on a person is much more dangerous than a small rock falling on someone. Compared to cigarettes, reduced risks of e-cigs are obvious.

E-Butts: The Marlboro Man Plugs in.

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Alderman

You may have seen the recent flurry of stories about a supposed alternative to cigarette addiction called the electronic cigarette. E-butts are a mov...

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).

The Secret To Changing A Habit For Good

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

Besides taking a lot of blood, sweat and tears, relying on self-control to change our habits may not work so well because, well, we run out of blood, sweat and tears. When our tank is empty, that habit comes rushing back with a vengeance.