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Addicts and Cigarettes

Addicts and Cigarettes

  Every addict knows the smokers.  Users smoke while using.  Those in recovery smoke before meetings, during breaks at work, between classes at school.  Smoking is an addiction too, but an acceptable one.  It’s a safe replacement – not because it won’t kill you, but because it won’t kill you today.  Everyone knows smoking is bad for you, that it causes lung cancer, emphysema, etc.  But we smoke anyways.  For some people it’s a comforting habit, … Read entire article »

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Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

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Does Smoking Cigarettes Make for Worse Parents?

Does Smoking Cigarettes Make for Worse Parents?

  Most people know that smoking cigarettes has harmful side effects for both the smoker and those he or she lives with. People are also aware that cigarettes are a costly habit. However, a new study from Pfizer shows that parents who smoke are actually worse parents than their non-smoking counterparts, partaking in actions that result in a lower quality of life for their children. This study examined the lifestyle behaviors of parents who smoke cigarettes, with … Read entire article »

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The Impact of Smoking and Heavy Drinking on the Brain

  If you are old enough to read this article, you probably know someone who consumes alcohol on a regular basis. In fact, statistics from the National Institutes of Health show that about 29 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported binge drinking in the last year. You probably know someone who smokes too, as nearly 20 percent of Americans do so. Maybe you even know someone smokes and drinks. If you know such a person and care enough, you should call this article to their attention. It may help to save them, as their cognitive function may be in danger. Recent research has revealed that both smoking and drinking alcohol is combination is especially harmful to the cognitive function of the brain. These two behaviors are each known to … Read entire article »

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New York City Proposes Increase in Legal Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

New York City Proposes Increase in Legal Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

  New York City officials revealed a new proposal on Monday that would increase the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. This would give New York the most stringent tobacco laws of any major city in the United States. The plan would increase the legal age for buying cigarettes and tobacco products to 21 – the same as alcohol, but it would not prohibit those under 21 from possessing or … Read entire article »

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How to Quit Smoking

  If you are looking for ways to quit smoking and help your body recover from the effects of smoking, this article is for you. Some methods people use to reduce the urge to smoke include dipping a cigarette in milk, orange juice, or grapefruit juice, and letting the cigarette dry. When you feel an urge to smoke and attempt to light one of these cigarettes you will grossed out and disgusted by how vulgar it is. This will cause the user to associate smoking with disgust. Another idea is that smoking herbal cigarettes, such as rosemary, beech tree, corn silk, licorice, and sage, could ease symptoms of withdrawals by making a tobacco herbal mixture while slowly using less and less tobacco until you cease consumption entirely. Smoking changes your body. Do not fret, … Read entire article »

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Is Smoking Cigarettes Ever Going to Be Cool Again

Is Smoking Cigarettes Ever Going to Be Cool Again

  Smoking cigarettes is one of the leading causes of disease and death in the United States and across the world. There are so many negative health effects of cigarettes that I couldn’t possibly address them all in a single article. People smoke for all different reasons, but usually they just do it to satisfy an addiction. Ever since I completed a lengthy drug recovery program where I started smoking (since I was bored and nearly everybody … Read entire article »

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E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

  While restrictions on smoking cigarettes become stricter and stricter, and taxes on them rise across the country, there is an heated debate over the safety and regulation of electronic cigarettes. Many view electronic cigarettes as a helpful cessation tool, or as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. Although there haven’t been any large-scale conclusive studies, it would seem to make sense that there are less disastrous health effects associated with e-cigarettes than their … Read entire article »

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Depression: Bad for Your Heart

  It is well known that there is a correlation between depression and cardiac risks; from developing heart problems or having recurring cardiovascular events or heart-related death. This is thought to stem from several external factors that depression influences, such as obesity, smoking, and insomnia, as well as an internal factor; such as slower cardiovascular recovery after exercise. Although the risks are raised, there are certain preventative measures that people can take to maintain a healthy lifestyle with depression. Although the exact link between depression and cardiovascular disease isn’t known, there are certain risk factors that are associated with both. For instance, children with depression are more likely to turn into adolescent smokers, as well as live a sedentary lifestyle. People with depression are also more likely to suffer from insomnia. These … Read entire article »

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Kosher Smokes for Passover? Oy Vey!

Kosher Smokes for Passover? Oy Vey!

  Three brands of smokes are now branded “Kosher for Passover” after thorough inspections of local cigarette factories.  Jews that observe the Passover tradition in Israel can now enjoy a “rabbi-approved puff” during the week-long holiday.  The Passover holiday started at sundown last Monday. The website Judaism 101 defines Kashrut as the body of Jewish law dealing with what foods we can and cannot eat and how those foods must be prepared and eaten.  ‘Kashrut’ comes from … Read entire article »

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