Smoking:  When It Comes to Quitting, One Size Does Not Fit All

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital November 17, 2015

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If you smoke, get ready for all sorts of “quit now” messages, as this year’s annual Great American Smokeout is November 19. That said, if you’re one of the majority of smokers who wants to quit, these messages can seem simplistic and frustrating.

Tobacco/nicotine dependence is what you have, and this addiction is a chronic condition that may require several courses of intervention before you’re cured. And there are numerous approaches to smoking cessation, some of which have a scientific base, and some of which don’t.

In an interview with Dr. Jennifer Haas, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who has conducted federally-funded research on smoking cessation, Dr. Haas provides an expert view on what works and why it can work for any individual who is motivated to quit (MTQ) or even cut down.

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Great American Smokeout – An Important Challenge

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital November 20, 2014

The  annual Great American Smokeout, is a day in which we encourage smokers to go without smoking for one day and to start making a plan to quit smoking for good.

Quitting is a difficult but worthwhile challenge. This year alone, an estimated 224,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., and 159,000 Americans will die from the disease. Most, but not all, of these cases of lung cancer will be attributable to smoking. Read the following posts to learn more about quitting smoking and lung health.

 

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Smoking: When It Comes to Quitting, One Size Does Not Fit All

Ready to quit? Tobacco or nicotine dependence is what you have, and this addiction is a chronic condition that may require several courses of intervention before you’re cured. There are numerous approaches to smoking cessation, some of which have a scientific base, and some of which don’t. Learn about your options.

 

 

Public Smoking Bans Associated with Health Benefits in Children

Nearly half of the world’s children are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. Passive smoking is linked to premature births, birth defects, asthma, and lung infections.

 

 

 

Lung Cancer Screening Helps Current and Former Smokers

For current or former long-term smokers, lung cancer screening should be a priority. Research has shown that new screening guidelines for the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT)  should significantly reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by improving early detection.

 

 
Lung Cancer: Five Things You Need to Know

With November marking Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Pasi Janne, director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), answers some key questions about the disease.

 

 

 

Benefits of Going “Cold Turkey”

Brigham and Women’s Hospital thoracic (chest) radiologist Francine Jacobson, MD, MPH, specializes in lung cancer prevention and screening and serves as a lung health resource for both her patients and their physicians. In this post, Dr. Jacobson offers some advice for quitting smoking.

 

For more advice on how to quit smoking and why you should, read the American Cancer Society’s downloadable Guide to Quitting Smoking.

– Chris P.

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The Great American Smokeout: Make It the Event of a Lifetime

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital November 6, 2012

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 37th Great American Smokeout will take place on November 15, 2012, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is joining the ACS in encouraging smokers to use that date as a launching point for developing a plan to quit – or to plan ahead to go cold turkey on that very day.

The reasons for quitting are numerous, but the benefit to your lungs is the most significant.

Not only is lung cancer the leading cause of cancer death in both U.S. men and women, but it is also one of the most preventable kinds of cancer. At least four out of five cases of lung cancer are associated with cigarette smoking, making tobacco use the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.

Despite these statistics, more than 45 million Americans continue to smoke cigarettes. However, it is estimated that more than half of these smokers also tried to quit for at least one day in the past year, demonstrating that just as the benefits of quitting are obvious, so are the difficulties of trying to kick the habit for good.

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