Smoking Cessation

January 21, 2020

10 Reasons to Quit Smoking Now – and 5 Things to Look Forward to When You Do (Infographic)

by Cheri Hinshelwood Every time you smoke, harmful chemicals and poisons are infused directly into your body. “Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body,” said Kimberly Freeman, RN, CDE, CIC, a certified treatment specialist and nurse clinician in the Diabetes Program at Mission Hospital McDowell, “Your body begins healing itself between cigarettes. You deserve […]

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January 18, 2020

Breathing Easier: Michael Nakamura Credits Support for Improving His Quality of Life after COPD

By Carolyn Comeau Michael Nakamura’s “can do” attitude is contagious, but until he signed on as a participant in Angel Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, he was anything but energetic. “In 1999, I got diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a disease that makes you struggle for air,” said Nakamura. “It got worse […]

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February 14, 2019

A New Generation of Smokers: The Dangerous Relationship between Teens and E-cigarettes

By Helena Theoharis The cloud of smoke you see wafting out of vehicles and projecting into communal areas is no longer just from cigarettes. It also comes from a shiny and often colorful, yet discreet, e-cigarette. ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems), e-cigarettes and vape pens were first introduced in 2003. Since then, sellers have advertised […]

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December 19, 2018

What Goes In Must Come Out – How a Toxic Bladder Can Lead to Cancer over Time

By John Burns, MD As you head to the bathroom during your commercial break of “Christmas Vacation” this holiday, a little indulgence is okay, but try to avoid the smoke from Uncle Eddie’s cigar or the toxic lime Jell-O mold that Aunt Bethany brought. The point is that many of the things that we put […]

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August 29, 2017

Harmless Vapor? The Truth about E-Cigarettes

By Greg Campbell, MD Many of my patients are turning to e-cigarettes in an attempt to stop smoking. Many cite that they are “better” than traditional cigarettes and are more socially acceptable given the restrictions on smoking in public places. While I always encourage and applaud any attempts to stop smoking and become tobacco free, […]

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