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Helping Your Child Transition from Elementary to Middle School

August 9th, 2012
Sixth grade graduation in my community is a big deal. At each elementary school, the kids put on a play, sing songs, and even walk across a stage to get a certificate and a handshake from the ...

Adolescent Tragedies and My Teenager

Adolescent Tragedies and My TeenagerOnce again I am writing about a terrible tragedy. Fifteen dead children. Fifteen lives ended prematurely and violently. An entire community that will not recover for generations. An entire nation searching for answers that ...

New Pilot Program Tries to Help the Mentally Ill Quit Smoking

I was shocked when I read this statistic in Melinda’s Beck top-notch column, “Health Journal,” in the Wall Street Journal: Nearly half of all the cigarettes sold in the U.S. are smoked by people with a serious mental illness, according to a study in the ...

Can Smoking Cause Depression?

Can Smoking Cause Depression?Researchers have made bold claims about cigarette smoking leading to depression. It has long been known that smokers have higher rates of depression than nonsmokers, but researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand investigated the link further, and say they ...

Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success

BOOK REVIEW.
In Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success, Meg Selig uses Prochaska and DiClemente’s Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model as a “springboard” for inspiring habit change. Selig breaks down each stage (Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Relapse, Maintenance, and Termination) with definitions and motivating tips to break your habit. Selig opens the book with her reasons ...

Quit Smoking and Sticking with It

Beating an addiction to nicotine takes a lot of willpower and determination. You should feel great about yourself for making it so far. Now's the time to focus on sticking with it. Keeping Your Guard Up Your body has changed since you began to smoke. Your brain has learned to crave nicotine. So certain places, people, or ...

What to Do If You Slip When You Quit Smoking

Don't be discouraged if you slip up and smoke one or two cigarettes. It's not a lost cause. One cigarette is better than an entire pack. But that doesn't mean you can safely smoke every now and then, no matter how long ago you quit. One cigarette may seem harmless, but it can quickly lead ...

Managing Your Smoking Cravings

What can you do when you really have an urge or craving for a cigarette? One thing to keep in mind is that these urges to smoke will come and go. Try to wait it out. Or look at the plan you made last week. You wrote down steps to ...

Steps to Take on Your Quit Smoking Day

Today's the day you start your smoke-free life! Remind your family and friends that today is your quit date. Ask them to support you during the first few days and weeks. They can help you through the rough spots. Using Your Support Program If you decided to use a support program, use it fully. Go to the ...

Medications to Help with Smoking Withdrawal

When you quit smoking, you may feel strange at first. You may feel dull, tense, and not yourself. These are signs that your body is getting used to life without nicotine. It usually only lasts a few weeks. Many people just can't handle how they feel after they quit. They start smoking again to feel better. ...

Preparing to Quit Smoking

Just thinking about quitting may make you anxious. But your chances will be better if you get ready first. Quitting works best when you're prepared. Before you quit, START by taking these five important steps: S = Set a quit date. T = Tell family, friends, and coworkers that you plan to quit. A = ...

Why is Quitting Smoking Difficult?

Many ex-smokers say quitting was the hardest thing they ever did. Do you feel hooked? You're probably addicted to nicotine. Nicotine is in all tobacco products. It makes you feel calm and satisfied. At the same time, you feel more alert and focused. The more you smoke, the more nicotine you need to feel good. ...

Second and Third-Hand Smoke

Second-hand smoke can cause cancer in nonsmokers. It can also cause breathing problems and heart disease. People who breathe secondhand smoke get colds and flu more easily. And they often die younger than those who don't breathe it. Even a little second-hand smoke is dangerous. Pregnant women who breathe secondhand smoke have many risks: ...

Why Should I Quit Smoking?

One of the most important parts of learning to quit smoking is understanding your motivations for wanting to quit. Wanting to quit for someone else is a sure indicator of likely failure -- successful quitters quit because they want to, not because someone else forced or guilted them into quitting. Think about why you want to ...
 
 
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