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For Ex-Smokers, Some Cigarette Cravings May Never Leave
Date:9/18/2010

of these kinds of cues," Goldstein explained. "Cognitive therapy can help. And people who plan for how to deal with those smoking-related cues do better than those who don't."

"There are also some pharmacologic interventions that work better than others," he added. "For example, some people should have some nicotine lozenges at hand, because if they get a smoking cue I'd much rather have that person pop a lozenge to relieve that cue than turn to a cigarette."

The bottom line," Goldstein said, "is that we really have to follow people not just for three or six months but for a year, and even after a year to be on the lookout for a cue-induced relapse."

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For more on how to cope with smoking cravings, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Gillinder Bedi, Ph.D., assistant professor, Clinical Psychology, department of psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City, and research scientist, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Dr. Adam O. Goldstein, director, University of North Carolina Tobacco Intervention Programs, Chapel Hill, N.C.; 2010, Biological Psychiatry, online


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