What About Quitting Smoking With Someone Else?
Sometimes natural opportunities present themselves to quit with someone else. It could be that your workplace, home or whole state is going smoke-free and this has prompted a number of people to try to quit. Is it a good idea to do it with others?...
Citizens’ Petition To FDA on Regulation of Tobacco Treatment Medicines.
On Friday February 12th 2010 two of the leading organizations concerned with reducing the harm to health from tobacco submitted a petition to the US Food and Drug Administration, requesting changes in the way tobacco treatment medicines are regula...
Getting through the first few weeks
When people quit smoking it is very common for them to experience a temporary increase in certain unpleasant symptoms. The most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms are:1. Irritability2. Restlessness3. Poor concentration4. Depression5. Increased ap...
Avoid Relapsing Back To Smoking
At this time of year, less than a month after many smokers initiated their “new year” quit attempt, there will be a significant number of recent ex-smokers who are trying hard not to relapse.Back in April 19th, 2009 I wrote about some things you c...
Checking In With Carrie
So, how did your day go? What were your most difficult moments and how did you work through them? Were there any surprises? Do you feel more confident in your abilities? DrK
Yet another study finds combination pharmacotherapy gives higher quit rates.
I’ve discussed on numerous occasions on this blog the evidence that combining certain smoking cessation medicines consistently gets higher quit rates. In the past week another large study was published by the research group at University of Wiscon...
Triple combination therapy for medically ill smokers
Today sees the publication of a new study by Dr Michael Steinberg and colleagues at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, examining the effect of more intensive smoking cessation treatment in smokers with pre-existing medical con...
Nicotine Addiction: How It Can Trick You Into “Absent-Minded” Smoking.
When we think of the challenges of beating nicotine addiction we usually think of strong cravings and struggling with severe irritability and restlessness. However, sometimes the addiction works in much more subtle ways. Sometimes the addicted min...
The Nicotine Reduction Strategy
In my last post I mentioned a “regulated nicotine reduction strategy” that has been proposed numerous times over the past 10 years or so, but most consistently by Professor Neal Benowitz of the University of California at San Francisco. I mentione...
Sir Richard Doll: Remembered
One of the key researchers who originally discovered, researched and publicized the fact that smoking causes lung cancer (and other diseases) was Sir Richard Doll. In 1950 he published a paper in the British Medical Journal and Ernst Wynder and c...