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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Understanding COPD

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 7, 2015

Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD

One of the more common and serious lung conditions among older adults worldwide, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with chronic inflammation.  The majority of cases of COPD are caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but there are some other exposure factors that may contribute to the development of COPD, including indoor and outdoor air pollution and industrial chemicals.

In this video, Dr. Anne Fuhlbrigge, Clinical Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, discusses current COPD treatment and new therapies being studied. “Earlier identification and treatment for COPD, along with management of other health conditions, are important for improving outcomes of patients with COPD,” says Dr. Fuhlbrigge.

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