Tobacco & Smoking
Making Lung Cancer Stigma a Thing of the Past
When people reveal that they have been diagnosed with cancer, what should they expect to hear? One would hope they would receive words of support and encouragement. Unfortunately, when many lung cancer patients divulge their diagnosis, they are asked, “Did you smoke?” This knee-jerk response is the result of a stigma that has followed lung cancer for decades.
The Run That Changed My Life
The boy lay pensively inside an oxygen tent, struggling to breathe the cold, aseptic air; nurses and doctors gathered curiously around their little patient. The child became frightened by this sea of white coats, not knowing if their appearance might precede some other invasive treatment for his inability to inhale.
I Hope One Person Quits Smoking Because of This Blog
I was 9 years old, with a few friends, and one of them got cigarettes from their parents. We went to a sand pit in our neighborhood, and I had my first puff. I turned green. But that was the beginning of my love for cigarettes.
Protecting My Child from Nicotine Addiction
When I was in high school, I smoked. I was 14 or 15 when I tried my first cigarette. It seemed like everyone smoked, and a lot of my friends from high school still do. Access to cigarettes was simple.
Is Enough Being Done to Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use?
The American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control" 2017 report shows both the progress and failure of states and the federal government to prevent and reduce tobacco use.
I Still Have Urges, But I’m Smokefree
I’ve never really liked smoking. I tried to quit more than a dozen times but I was addicted to the nicotine—so much so that I actually got addicted to nicotine patches.
8 Tips to Quit Smoking for Good in 2017
If you or a loved one is thinking about quitting smoking, this is the year to quit for good with the right resources, and with family and friends cheering on.
I've Quit So Many Things in My Life. Quitting Smoking Was the Hardest.
I’ve quit many things in my life but quitting smoking was the hardest. It's been eight years since I quit smoking and it blows my mind how much the smoke that I used to love bothers me so much now.
E-Cigarettes – A Real Threat to Young People's Health
On December 8, the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a report on e-cigarette use by youth and young adults. This first-ever Surgeon General's report on e-cigarettes shatters the myth that e-cigarettes are harmless.
I Want to Do This for ME!
On March 15, 2016, I had one cigarette left in my pack and I smoked it on the way to work. I have not had a cigarette since that time.