Cigarette smoking is a common addictive behavior responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. every year. Most current smokers want to stop smoking; typically, these individuals try to quit on their own or with the help of a healthcare professional familiar with proven smoking cessation techniques. However, according to the results […]
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Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco and is considered one of the most difficult drugs to quit using. Smoking, chewing tobacco and pipe smoking have all been associated with increased risk of cancer, yet those with addiction to nicotine often do not find this risk factor enough to motivate them to quit. Cognitive behavioral therapy is considered an excellent therapeutic choice when trying to change the lifestyle of someone addicted to nicotine.
Fifty years ago, in 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that smoking cigarettes is bad for you. The report issued at that time included the evidence that there is a connection between smoking and both heart disease and lung cancer. In the following 50 years, we would learn much more about the devastating impacts of […]
Electronic cigarettes can help people end their cigarette addiction, but they also pose a threat as they help to mimic tobacco smoking behavior. A recent poll shows parents are concerned. The latest annual University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found that more parents are aware of electronic cigarettes and, for […]
Smoking cessation is the common term for a purposeful effort to stop smoking cigarettes or any other nicotine-containing products. Cessation programs commonly include some form of medication designed to break or diminish a reliance on nicotine, as well as some sort of counseling or therapy designed to modify smoking-related behavior. In an article published in […]
While tobacco use over the past couple of decades has gone down significantly, it’s still one of the country’s most entrenched habits. Finding a way to help smokers break the nicotine habit could save millions of lives. A new study has zeroed in on a small section of the brain that appears to be central […]
What Are E-Cigarettes? First patented in 2003 and released to the American public in 2007, electronic cigarettes (a.k.a. “e-cigs” or “e-cigarettes”) are new nicotine-delivery devices that heat up liquid nicotine to create vapor that users inhale. These devices are quickly becoming popular, with millions of users worldwide. While electronic cigarette manufacturers do not make any […]
Most bars tend to allow smoking as the two activities often go together. While not all those who drink alcohol smoke, scientists have recently found a major link between smoking and alcohol use in rats. According to the study published in the journal Neuron, using nicotine even just one time raises the risk that the […]
The use of cigarettes among teens can lead to ongoing health problems. Early initiation of cigarette use exposes the body to carcinogens for a longer period of time when compared with those who begin smoking later in life, and thus increases the individual’s risk for health problems for a longer period of time.
Smokeless tobacco is a general term for tobacco products that enter the bloodstream without prior burning in cigarettes, pipes or cigars. Forms of this tobacco include chewing tobacco and a product called snuff. People who use smokeless products have lower risks for lung cancer than smokers; however, they have increased risks for a number of […]
It may seem like a little thing, but it’s really a big deal. On June 24, 2011, the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced new expanded coverage options that states may offer for tobacco cessation services.