Do E-cigarettes Help People Quit Smoking?

An observational study found those who used e-cigarettes were less successful in quitting smoking than those who did not use e-cigarettes. An analysis of 237 propensity score-matched pairs, at 6 months, found 10.1% of e-cigarette users had quit, versus 26.6% of non-users. There were limitations to this study that suggest the need for a randomized trial. PositiveTip: Like…

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Abrupt Cessation of Cigarettes Best

Many smokers think it is easier and less difficult to quit smoking by gradually cutting down on the number of cigarettes they smoke per day. A randomized trial in the U.K. found those who set a quit date and abruptly quit experienced significantly better success rates 6 six months later, compared to those who set a date…

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“Cold Turkey” More Effective Than Gradual Approach

It is not easy to change a long established habit--even when we know it is harmful like smoking cigarettes. Often we think it will be easier to cut down gradually. British researchers found smokers were more likely to succeed when they set a date and stopped when compared to cutting down gradually. The 6-month cessation rate…

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Bonus Benefits to Quitting Smoking

New research has found that smokers who quit may have greater success in addressing mental health or addiction issues. Based on surveys from 35,000 people, researchers found that people who quit smoking were 33% less likely to have mood disorders, 36% less likely to have alcohol problems and 69% less likely have drug problems than…

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Quitting Smoking Improves Mental Health

A widely held belief among smokers is that the habit relieves psychological symptoms. However, a new meta-analysis of 26 prospective international studies challenges this assumption. After a median follow-up of 6-12 months, smoking cessation significantly decreased anxiety, depression, and stress while increasing psychological quality of life, compared with continued smoking. Cessation of smoking resulted in…

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How Long Till Ex-smokers Return to Ideal Heart Health?

Previous estimates predicted smokers must be abstinent for 15+ years to reduce their cardiovascular disease risks to that of non-smokers. However, recent research has found it can happen in closer to 8 years.  Study subjects were 65+ years old and had quit smoking 15 or fewer years ago. The faster health benefits happened for those…

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Alcohol Drowns Willpower

Drinking alcohol seems to trigger more intense urges to smoke in women who were quitting smoking, according to a study from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Women who awoke with strong urges to smoke were more likely to drink, perhaps turning to alcohol to ease their stress, when it fact it increased…

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Hard Hitting Anti-smoking Ads Coming

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, has unveiled a new ad campaign featuring stark and gruesome images of former smokers telling what life is like with a smoking-related disease. Tobacco kills nearly one-half million Americans every year. It is planned that these attention-grabbing stories will lead many to seek the resources they need to quit.PositiveTip:…

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