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Why E-Cigarettes May Be More Dangerous Than They Seem

E-cigarettes have been billed as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, but these devices have the potential to be extremely dangerous as well. While some say that the chemicals in the…

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Quitting Cigarettes Cold Turkey Better Than Cutting Down Gradually

Smoking is a tough habit to break. By most estimates, about two out of every three smokers wants to quit, but studies have found that smokers may need to try…

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Kicking the Habit Is Closer than You Think

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how much I worry about my patients with diabetes, but there’s another group I often fret about: smokers. As a society, we’ve made…

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Cigarette Smoking Leads to Many Kinds of Cancer, Half of Cancer Death

When cancer and smoking come in the same sentence, many people think about lung cancer. This is because lung cancer was the first to be associated with smoking and the…

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The Number-One Way to Boost Your Health This Summer

Patients and friends often ask me what the best thing they can do for their health is. The question makes the answer seem deceptively easy, when in fact it’s very…

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Smoking for Weight Loss Makes Quitting Less Likely

Ever heard that smoking can help you lose a few pounds? If so, you’re not alone. Many people notice that they lose a little weight when they first start smoking,…

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The Next Big Treatment for Smoking Might Be Vaccines

Vaccines have been a standard in the medical battle against deadly disease for more than half a century, and have helped bring many of the major childhood killers like smallpox…

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It’s Time to Get the Smoke Out of Your Life

I know you’ve heard me talk a lot about the evils of smoking on my show, and I want to assure you that I’m not trying to nag. I’ve watched…

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The Information You Need to Kick Smoking for Good

In my years of practice, I’ve seen how hard it is for my patients to quit smoking. Ugly advertisements and warnings from physicians are often not enough to tear away…

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Why I’m Proud of Whoopi Goldberg

Bad habits are sneaky by nature. You figure you’ll have “just one” cookie, or cigarette, or drink, or whatever your vice of choice may be, and the next thing you…

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