Posts Tagged ‘smoking cessation’

Quitting Smoking. Try Nicotine Free Fake Cigatettes. Study Says That May Help.

Friday, May 20th, 2011


A study published online in European Respiratory Journal concluded that plastic fake nicotine free cigarettes may help some people quit the habit. In Europe these are used in conjunction with drugs, nicotine replacement, and counseling.

One hundred twenty cigarette smokers who were enrolled in a program to quit smoking were divided into two samples. All had smoked at least 20 cigarettes daily for 10 years. All were treated with a nicotine patch, bupropion, and counseling. One of the two groups used the plastic fake cigarette whereas the other group followed the usual routine. All completed a questionnaire to determine their physical and behavioral dependence on cigarettes. After 24 weeks they were asked if they had been sucessful in abstaining from smoking.
Findings showed no significant difference in quit rates but those who were more behaviorally dependent on cigarettes had a threefold higher success rate (66.7%) when using the inhaler than those who did not use it (19.2%). Researchers concluded that success may be increased by using the non nicotine inhaler for smokers who rely on the behavioral pattern of handling a cigarette.

Success May Be Jeopardized By Stopping Smoking Cessation Interventions Too Soon

Friday, September 10th, 2010


A study reported in the online journal Addiction concluded that stopping smoking cessation interventions too soon may reduce success rates by up to 45%. They believe current treatment theories that consider any smoking after a planned quit date a failure need to be updated to incorporate two types of successful quitters. These are the smokers who quit immediately and remain smoke free throughout the treatment, and those who delay smoking cessation but achiever success by the end of the treatment. The researchers believe that considering a theory in which smokers who do not stop smoking immediately as a failure may discourage both the health care provider and the patient from finishing the program.

In their study using data from two identically designed studies conducted in 2005 they included 2,052 healthy adult smokers who randomly received either a smoking cessation drug or a placebo for 12 weeks of treatment and 40 weeks of follow up. All subjects received brief smoking cessation counseling during clinic visits and investigators were unaware of individual treatment assignments.

The researchers defined successful quitters as those who did not smoke during the last 4 weeks of treatment and two groups were identified as discussed earlier-immediate and delayed quitters. They found quitting patterns were similar whether the subjects were in the drug or placebo group and even though the delayed quitters did not fare as well as the immediate quitters at the end of the 12 week treatment period they accounted for about 1/3 of those who remained continuously abstinent at the end of the 12 month period regardless of treatment group. The authors concluded that smoking cessation interventions should be continued for motivated patients despite lack of success during the first 8 weeks to increase their overall success rates.

Dr Mark Brown, Dr Phillip Cheras and Dr Eugene Lipov Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Dr  Mark Brown

P Cheras


Dr Carl O. Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show interviewed Dr Mark Brown (top left), Dr Phillip Cheras (top right), and Dr Eugene Lipov (bottom left) yesterday. Dr Brown M.D., PhD is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has over 40 years experience caring for patients with neck and back pain. His award winning book is titled “Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk it Off.“More information is available on a previous entry on this site and at

Dr Cheras, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the Australian Center for Complementary Medical Education and Research and has been principle or co-investigator of clinical trials in Complementary Medicine in excess of 5 million dollar. His doctoral research on osteoarthritis received international attention. More information can be found on an earlier blog here. He can be reached through his publicist at:

Dr Lipov, M.D., a board certified anesthesiologist and pain manager, is Director of Research at Northwest Community Hospital and Medical Director of the Advanced Pain Center. More information was presented on an earlier blog or he can be reached through his publicist at:

The interview from yesterdays show follows.

BBS Holistic Health Show Interview on Saturday on Smoking Cessation

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Dr Scott McIntoshMy first guest interview on Saturday was with Dr Scott McIntosh, who is Director of the Greater Rochester Tobacco Research Project in Rochester, New York. He is also Associate Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Medicine, Community and Preventive Medicine at the U of Rochester. A sample of the interview follows. If you are interested in the full interview and all further radio interviews with experts in the Holistic Health arena, sign up on the full radio program page for a free email of each program that will be sent to you after it appears on BBS Radio.

Quit Smoking using Information from Dr Scott McIntosh, Smoking Research Program, University of Rochester

Monday, January 12th, 2009

My first guest on BBS Radio ( Station 3 on Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m. EST is Dr Scott McIntosh who is Director of the Greater Rochester Tobacco Research Program and Associate Director of the Smoking Research Program and Associate Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Medicine, Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York. His research is on self-help interventions for smoking cessation and behavioral change with various populations and he has received numerous research grants and published many articles and book chapters. Last year he received the American Cancer Society’s first “Fight Back” award for his commitment for helping people quit smoking and reduce the cancer incidence. One of his web sites is: Join us for this important information for those who want to quit smoking or those who work with others who want to quit.