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Pre-cessation patch doubles quit success rate: Researchers call for labeling changes

DURHAM, N.C. -- Using a nicotine patch before quitting smoking can double success rates, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers. They say their latest data suggest changes should be made to nicotine patch labeling. "Right now, the nicotine patch is only recommended for use afte...

New Study Shows Many Unplanned Quit Smoking Attempts are Successful

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 1 - Data published in the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research , shows that many U.S. quit attempts are unplanned and can be a successful route to cessation. In the study, almost 40 percent of subjects reported that their most recent quit attempt started without any advan...

Florida State Tobacco Tax Increase May Prompt Smokers to Quit Spontaneously

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Florida state tobacco tax will increase by $1.00, the biggest of its kind in Florida history, to a total of $1.34 per pack, as part of the Protecting Florida's Health Act. The pressures of a higher price tag on cigarettes may prompt Florida smoke...

Doctors to Obama: 'We'll Quit Before We Practice Government Medicine'

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Working physicians on the frontlines of medicine say they will quit before they practice under government medicine. Those physicians will tell their stories when The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons launches its "TAKE BACK ...

Pennsylvania Department of Health Helps Smokers Trying to Quit in Wake of Federal Cigarette Tax Hike

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To support the growing number of Pennsylvanians who are trying to quit smoking as a result of the recent increase in federal cigarette taxes, the Department of Health today reminded smokers to call Pennsylvania's toll-free Quitline or visit www....

Nicotine Replacement May Help Smokers Quit Gradually

But products' use in U.S. to help people cut back remains controversial,, FRIDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- For smokers who want to cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke, using nicotine replacement therapy not only helps them smoke less but makes it twice as likely that the...

Not Enough Smokers Find Quit Support at the Doctor's Office

National Survey Highlights Lack of Communication, Uneasiness and Limited Resources Create Missed Opportunities for Smokers to Quit WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Health care providers (HCPs) are one of the most important allies a smoker can have, particularly when it comes to understand...

Federal Tobacco Tax Increase a Good Reason to Quit Smoking

State offering free resources to help people kick the habit OLYMPIA, Wash., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new federal tobacco tax that takes effect April 1 will raise the cost of a pack of cigarettes by 62 cents. Public health officials expect the price increase to prompt more people ...

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to Reach 85 Percent of the World's Smokers with Quit Aids

Experts convene at World Conference on Tobacco OR Health meeting to discuss reducing global tobacco use and accessibility to treatment options MUMBAI, India, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare today announced plans to increase the availability of their therapeut...

Smokers Likely to Quit for Fido's Health, Not Their Own

DETROIT, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- One in three smokers say they are likely to quit smoking because it is bad for their pet's health, according to Henry Ford Health System researchers. The study, published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal Tobacco Control, represents the fi...

Unbelievable Lack Of Marketing Knowledge Forces Doctors To Quit Practice.

Finally, Curt Graham, M.D., CEO of L & C Internet Enterprises, Inc. has structured a system where no physician will ever need to suffer the demise of their practice for lack of income. Outrageous amounts of medical practice income are left on the table all because physicians are never taught...

I quit, we quit -- what works better for smokers?

A study from the University of Bath has found that smokers are twice as likely to kick the habit if they use a support group rather than trying to give up alone. Researchers from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies led by Dr Linda Bauld at Bath, along with colleagues from the University o...

New Research May Encourage Smokers to Jump-Start Their New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- While New Year's is the most popular time to try quitting smoking, research shows the majority of smokers who try to quit at that time resume smoking in less than one week.(1) By starting a quit attempt early, smokers can avoid the pressures of a New Year's reso...

Ability to quit smoking may depend on ADHD symptoms, Columbia researchers find

NEW YORK Tobacco use is more prevalent and smoking cessation less likely among persons with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) In a study of smokers with attention deficit and hyperactivity symptoms, those who exhibited elevated hyperactivity and impulsivity, with or without i...

Current Economic Situation Prompts Increased Smoking, Delay in Quit Attempts, Middle and Low-Income Americans Hit Hardest

One in Four Smokers Stressed About State of Economy Smoking More on Daily Basis Washington, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the American Legacy Foundation(R) -- the nation's largest public health foundation dedicated to reducing tobacco use in the U.S. -- announced the results of a ...

Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund Embarks on National Tour to Present Her New Mission: To Help People Quit Smoking

NATIONAL SMOKE OUT WEEK SOUTH FLORIDA NOVEMBER 20, 2008 JUPITER, Fla., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- From November 15 -17, Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund will be in the Sunshine State to promote National Smoke Out Day, November 20, and to promote her new cause of helping Americans get healthie...

PA State Health Officials Encourage Smokers to Quit on 'World No Tobacco Day'

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today urged smokers to quit as part of the May 31 observance of "World No Tobacco Day," which is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke. "Exposure to secondhand smoke causes diseas...

Parents: Quit Smoking and Your Children Are Less Likely to Smoke

Odds of youth smoking uptake greatly reduced if parents quit LONDON, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- If both parents of a child never smoked, research shows that a child's odds of daily smoking are reduced by more than 70 percent(1) compared to when both parents continue to smoke. And i...

Video: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Offers Free Nicotine Lozenges for All Certified Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers to Help Them Safely Quit Smoking

In response to the announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Commit Lozenges now offered to pilots and air traffic controllers who are quitting smoking PITTSBURGH, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) recent announce...

Tobacco Quit Line Expands Services for Pregnant Women Who Smoke

More than 8,700 babies born each year in Washington to smoking mothers OLYMPIA, Wash., May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Quitting smoking is one of the best things a woman can do to protect her own health and the health of her baby. In time for Mother's Day on May 11, the state Department o...

New Smoking Cessation Guideline Confirms That Now is the Time to Quit Smoking

WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published an update to its 1996 Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, which contains revised and improved recommendations to providers and clini...

New Guidelines Show Smokers Have More Tools to Quit Than Ever, But Elected Officials Must Do More to Help

WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by William V. Corr, Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: The guidelines for smoking cessation released today by the U.S. Public Health Service provide an important reminder to the nation's 45 million s...

Women Who Quit Smoking Lower Heart Risks Quickly

Study saw significant declines in several death risks within 5 years of stopping TUESDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that women who quit smoking have a 21 percent lower risk of dying from coronary heart disease within five years of extinguishing their last cigarette. ...

Blue Cross' Stop-Smoking Program Achieves All-Time High Quit Rate

Success due to implementation of best practices in stop smoking strategies EAGAN, Minn., April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) reports it achieved an all-time high, 12-month stop smoking rate of 35.5 percent in 2007; meaning at least one in three mem...

Better-Educated Smokers More Likely to Quit After Seeing Ads

Study finds 65% with college degree made attempt, but economic status also plays role THURSDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- TV ads that promote quitting smoking are more likely to have an impact on better-educated smokers, while warnings about the dangers of secondhand smoke have a sim...

Some moms quit cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol during pregnancy, but dads don't

Despite public health campaigns, a surprising number of women continue to use substances such as tobacco, marijuana and alcohol during pregnancy and their usage rebounds to pre-pregnancy levels within two years of having a baby, according to a new University of Washington study. Mens patterns...

Moms-to-Be Who Quit Smoking Boost Chances for 'Easygoing' Child

Their children had lowest chances for unpredictable behavior, dealt better with stress THURSDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Women who quit smoking during pregnancy may be more likely to have an easygoing child, according to British researchers. The researchers analyzed data on m...

'Determined to Quit Week' to Help Pennsylvanians Follow Through With Resolutions to Stop Using Tobacco

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To support Pennsylvanians who made a New Year's resolution to give up tobacco, the Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced that Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 as "Determined to Quit Week." "Dete...

Studies of 20,000 smokers show quit rates double with counseling and free nicotine patches

November 29, 2007 (Portland, Ore.) Increasing the level of Quitline smoking cessation services and offering free nicotine patches are a successful and cost-effective way to reduce smoking rates, according to two new studies in the December issue of Tobacco Control, a peer-reviewed publication of ...

Washington Tobacco Quit Line Receives 100,000th Call for Help

State a national leader in helping people quit tobacco OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington State Tobacco Quit Line recently received its 100,000th call for help since opening for business seven years ago. The state Department of Health toll-free quit line is a c...

A New Reason to Quit for the Great American Smokeout

Public Unaware that Leg Pain from Peripheral Arterial Disease is Caused by Smoking FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most people are well aware of the risk of cancer from smoking, but few realize the damage smoking causes throughout the body's vascular system. Smoking damages ...

Is fear of gaining weight keeping many women from trying to quit smoking?

This release is available in Spanish . ANN ARBOR, Mich. Is a fear of getting fatter partly to blame for the fact that nearly one in five American women still smokes, and many dont try to quit" Although there are many possible reasons for the stubborn persistence of smoking, fear of weig...

Help is Available for Smokers Who Want to Quit as Minnesota's Smoke-Free Law Takes Effect Oct. 1

Statement from Mark W. Banks, M.D., CEO of Blue Cross EAGAN, Minn., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- "As the state implements the new smoke-free law on October 1, Minnesotans should know FREE support is available for anyone who wants to quit smoking and that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minn...

Photos: New Survey Shows Many Successful Quit Smoking Attempts Made Without Advance Planning

Survey found spontaneous quit attempts can be successful PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- For some smokers, carefully planning a quit attempt may not be the path to becoming smoke-free. While there are benefits to preparing yourself for a quit attempt, a new national survey conduct...

Study finds drug spending caps cause some seniors to quit taking key medicines

Many seniors quit taking drugs for chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure when they exceed their drug plans yearly spending limits, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today. Even when drug benefits resume at the start of a new health plan year, a significant number...

OSF HealthCare Achieves Impressive Tobacco Quit Rates with the Free & Clear(R) Quit For Life(TM) Program

SEATTLE, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- OSF HealthCare is celebrating its one-year anniversary with the Free & Clear(R) Quit For Life(TM) Program with strong results. OSF HealthCare launched the Quit For Life Program in August of 2006, taking a first-step in supporting healthy lifestyles of its 13,0...

Study finds drug spending caps cause some seniors to quit taking key medicines

Many seniors quit taking drugs for chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure when they exceed their drug plans yearly spending limits, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today. Even when drug benefits resume at the start of a new health plan year, a significant number...

AUDIO from Medialink and Commit Lozenge: Wanna Quit Smoking With Therapeutic Nicotine? Just Follow the Directions

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Smokers hoping to find success when quitting are urged to follow FDA-approved label recommendations when using therapeutic nicotine. A study in the journal, Addiction, confirms the link between using enough therapeutic nicotine and success. Listen to this rep...

Newly Pregnant Smokers Have a 15-Week Window to Quit

Study shows those who do drop risk of premature birth, smaller babies THURSDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who quit smoking before the 15th week of pregnancy reduce their risk of premature birth and having small babies to that of nonsmoking women, a new study finds. ...

Recession leads 1 in 3 Smokers to cut Down or Quit

LONDON, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- New research released to mark No Smoking Day (11 March) shows more than one in three (36%) of the nine million smokers in Great Britain are thinking about or planning to cut down or quit as a direct result of the economic downturn. The poll also shows t...
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