Latest TV Episode-Breaking the Smoking Addiction

April 7, 2012 drdarria 0 Comments

Did you know that it only takes 7 seconds from the moment a cigarette hits your lips to the time it reaches your brain?

Did you know that drinking milk can help you break the habit? No kidding!

We know so much about cigarette smoking–but I’m sure that you’ll still learn some great tips (like that milk one, above!) from the show.  You may wonder why people still do it at all.  WHY? Because it’s one of the most addictive substances on earth, that’s why.

Bottom line?

  1. NEVER STARTING is the BEST way to “break” the habit– even people who stopped long ago can still feel the pull  every once in a while
  2. It’s NEVER too late to stop–but the sooner you do, the better!
  3. NO ONE said that breaking the habit is easy–it may be one of the most challenging things that a smoker tries to do.  But for a smoker, it is the ONLY thing you can do.  All those fancy medications that I prescribe to my patients? It’s like bringing a watering can to a forrest fire –they may temporarily reduce their symptoms, but they do NOTHING to prevent death.  The only way to treat the deadly consequences of smoking is to STOP.

I had three FANTASTIC guests–Dr Douglas Beach, a pulmonologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care there, Barry Beder, the former director of the Dana Farber Smoking Cessation program, and Mr Thomas Hill, a long-time smoker who bravely came on camera to share his struggles with quitting and get suggestions.  Enjoy the clips yourself, or share them with someone you care about that is struggling with the same fight as our on-camera patient.

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