Smoking Collection

General Overview

Health Effects

All forms of smoking are bad for you

Learn why all forms of smoking are bad for you.

E-cigarettes: a safe substitute for smokers?

Here is the information you need to decide if e-cigarettes are a good option for you.

Quiz: Assess your smoking habit

What situations, places, and moods influence you when you reach for a cigarette? Take this assessment and learn about your personal smoking habit—it can help you develop more effective strategies for quitting.

Emphysema: how you get it, and how you fight it

Do you want to breathe easy for the rest of your life? Read on.

Reasons to quit smoking

Although you have been encouraged to stop smoking, here are some good reasons finally to take action.

Strategies to Quit

Accupuncture image Alternative therapies to quit smoking

Alternative methods, like hypnosis, acupuncture, even yoga, have been studied for their ability to help people quit smoking.

Control the craving to smoke

Many people are concerned about gaining weight when they quit smoking. But with a healthful diet and regular exercise, this weight gain can be prevented.

Image for exercise and motivation article Keep the weight off when you quit smoking

You can take control of your cravings no matter where you are or what situation you happen to be in.

Sizzling ways to stop smoking

Quitting smoking may be one of the most daunting challenges you will ever face. Here are some tips to help you break this physical and psychological addiction.

Rerun image Tips to help you stop smoking

Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. If you have thought about quitting but haven’t been able to, here are some reasons why you should and some ways to do it.

Smoking cessation drugs: nicotine replacement products

These products work best as part of a program that also includes education and psychological support. Read more about them here.

Kicking the habit: an interview with a former smoker

After being a smoker for 29 years, a woman discusses how she quit smoking with the antidepressant Zyban, a nicotine patch, and behavioral changes.

Strategies to Quit (Continued)

PD_Fitness and WellBeing_67061 Smoking cessation for older adults: it's not too late!

Many people don't realize that smoking cessation has immediate as well as long-term benefits. Here are some benefits for individuals, both young and old, who stop smoking.

Support for smokers wanting to quit

Here is a list of support systems to help you reach your goal of finally quitting smoking.

Smoking cessation drugs: bupropion

Bupropion is an antidepressant, but it is also prescribed to help people quit smoking. Find out if this medication, in combination with a nicotine replacement product, could be an option for you.

Special Topics

HCA image for aging hearts Why it is important to quit smoking if you have heart failure

If you have heart failure and you smoke, read on to find out just how important it is to quit today!

Why you should be smoke-free for surgery

If it is your habit to light up a cigarette during tense times, there are many reasons why you should kick the habit now—before your procedure.

Quitting smoking after a heart attack

Continuing to smoke doubles your risk of having a second heart attack. If you think it is too late to quit, realize that your risk of a heart attack is already lowered just 24 hours after quitting.

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)


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