Category Archives: nicotine

What are the lung cancer screening recommendations?

What are the lung cancer screening recommendations?  Recently the ACCP (The American College of Chest Physicians) published their new lung cancer screening guidelines. Who should get an ANNUAL lung cancer screening? Adults aged 55 to 77 years of age who … Continue reading

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Salina, Kansas hospital putting some teeth into non-smoking rule

Hospitals have had no smoking in the hospital rules for years.  (This is in humorous contrast to when my father was smoking in the physician lounge in the 1960s.) A Salina, Kansas hospital has a way to get patient to … Continue reading

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Resolutions? These apps may help you achieve yours.

There are tens of thousands of health-related apps on smartphones.  Some make the smartphone into a type of health-related equipment and others help you manage health-related issues. I’ll review some of those that help you with issues. MediSafe: This is … Continue reading

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Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes” were reportedly invented by a Chinese pharmacist who wanted to “find a safer way for smokers to inhale nicotine” after his father, a cigarette smoker, died from lung cancer.  The e-cigarette is designed with a lithium … Continue reading

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More maternal guilt. . .

If you smoke and are considering a pregnancy, stop smoking! There is evidence emerging that smoking during pregnancy (and how many cigarettes smoked per day) is correlated with developmental outcomes after the children are born.  The children of smokers were … Continue reading

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Is stopping smoking on your New Years resolution list?

20% of US population smokes, 100% know that smoking is bad. Smokers use 18% more healthcare costs. The number of times smokers tried to quit before they were habit-free: 1 time: 40%, 2-3 times 38%, 4+ times 22%. Stay in … Continue reading

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E-cigarettes?

E- cigarettes and tobacco lozenges are purported as a way to stop smoking.  But, the Institute of Medicine would like you to rethink that. There is too little known about whether they actually pose less risk than do traditional tobacco … Continue reading

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Need another reason to stop smoking?

There is a strong connection between smoking and getting bladder cancer. The researchers can’t go as far as to say that smoking CAUSES bladder cancer. But, they do state that smoking accounts for 50% of the “population-attributable risk” for bladder … Continue reading

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Cigarette packaging is getting a dose of reality. . .

Cigarette packaging will be more graphic, starting September 2012.  Manufacturers will be required to devote 1/2 of the front and back of every cigarette package to photos and written warnings about the dangers of tobacco.  There are nine photos showing … Continue reading

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Which smoking cessation interventions work best?

There are many options. Here are your effective options to stop smoking: Nicotine Replacement therapy (like gum and patches): All forms of nicotine replacement therapy increased abstinence rates after 6 months. No one type of nicotine replacement can be suggested … Continue reading

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