Could smoking reduction improve your health?
Although around 70% of smokers say they would like to quit smoking, many are not planning to try to quit within the next six months. A sizeable minority are more attracted to the idea of reducing smoking rather than quitting altogether. It is also...
Combination NRT gets higher quit rates: new study
A new study published this month in the journal “Archives of General Psychiatry” aimed to compare the effectiveness of some of the main medicines for stopping smoking and their combinations. The study, by Dr Megan Piper and colleagues at Universit...
There's A New Kid On The Block!
It's been about a decade since we have had a new prescription medication approved for cessation. To understand how this new medication called Chantix works, we have to discuss how nicotine works.When you take a puff off of a cigarette, nicotine re...
November is lung cancer awareness month – aiming to increase awareness of lung cancer, and its causes and to stimulate activities aimed at preventing and treating lung cancer.Most people are aware that by far the biggest cause of lung cancer is to...
Almost Time To Quit
For those of you planning to quit smoking from January first, there’s just one more day of smoking before you become smoke-free. If you don’t have a clear plan for your quit yet, then now is the time to make it. Are you going to use nicotine repla...
Request for comment on FDA regulation
As many of you will know, President Obama recently signed the historic legislation that will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products. In the coming months and years we will find out whether that legisl...
When is the best time to quit smoking?
Most of us are familiar with the statistic that in countries like the USA, UK, Canada and Australia (and many other developed countries) approximately 70% of current smokers say that they would like to quit smoking. An even greater proportion typi...
Quit Smoking Group: Judgements Imposed Upon Smokers
Carrie here! In my last post, I wrote about attending a quit smoking group at the Tobacco Education Center at UCSF. I've attended two classes in the past two weeks and have lots of information to share. I will continue with a series of posts relay...
Have a happy, healthy holiday
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at Healthline and all the readers out there in cyberspace, a happy, healthy holiday season. It is about this time of year that people often reflect on the year gone past and start thinking of plan...
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