Smoking Cessation

June 10, 2019

Quitting for Good: How Raymond Morgan Quit Smoking in 3 Weeks

Raymond Morgan, a 30-year veteran respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital McDowell, understands his patients’ struggle to give up smoking. “At work I see about a dozen critically ill patients per day with conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and lung or airway cancers. I know what smoking and other environmental factors do […]

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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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November 13, 2017

Quitting Smoking Requires a Plan – 10 Ways to Get Your Plan Started

By Donna Borowski Tobacco Treatment Specialist There’s a lot of focus on our lungs during the month of November – from lung cancer awareness, to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to the Great American Smokeout on November 16. How do these all fit together? For starters, smoking is at the center of all three. In […]

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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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January 5, 2017

Staying Afloat While Quitting Smoking

By Melody King Nicotine Dependence Program Specialist If someone falls over the railing of a cruise ship, what should we do? Shout something encouraging? Counsel them about the dangers of taking selfies at the railing? No. We sound the alarm. We throw every buoy that we can find into the water. This is the intensity of […]

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