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Not Just Blowing Smoke
May 6, 2016 1:57 PM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
By Tamer Abouras One of the great fallacies we sometimes entertain is the idea that smoking as a tempting boogeyman — particularly for curious adolescents — is largely a thing of the past, thanks to effective PSAs. The unfortunate truth of the matter, Read More...
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LUNGevity Launches #ThisIsHope Campaign
April 29, 2016 9:07 AM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
By Tamer Abouras Cancer occupies a singular, ugly space in the hearts and minds of many. Those few unaffected — at least tangentially — by the disease dread the mere mention of it ever coming to their door. Those who have been affected, either personally Read More...
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Attack of the Ads
January 8, 2016 2:01 PM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
By Tamer Abouras There are numerous wonderful things about how information is produced in the digital age. Entire publications which once required dozens of people under one roof to put together can now be written, edited and adorned with art and illustration Read More...
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Vaporizing the E-Cigarette Myth
December 9, 2015 12:01 PM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
By Tamer Abouras In a BBC television adaptation of Anne Bronte’s “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” there is an insightful quote that ironically does not appear in the novel itself: “ We are all too eager to think our pleasures must be blessed.” Pulling back Read More...
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Lights Out
November 6, 2015 7:25 AM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
By Tamer Abouras It’s hard to believe that until only fairly recently, indoor smoking was still alive and well. Even at restaurants, a host asking if you would prefer to sit in the smoking or non-smoking section was standard. In recent years, however, Read More...
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CVS Funds Smoking Cessation Program for Veterans, Others
May 28, 2015 9:15 AM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
Easter Seals is marking World No Tobacco Day on May 31, by launching a national smoking cessation program to help veterans, people with disabilities and caregivers live healthier, tobacco-free lives. Funding for the new program is supported by a $400,000 Read More...
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Causes of Death Shift in COPD Patient Population
January 20, 2011 12:18 PM by Valerie Newitt
Patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are on long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) have more to worry about than breathing difficulties. According to a new study by researchers in Sweden, COPD patients on LTOT today face an Read More...
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Study: Smoking Cessation Saves Lives -- and Money
September 15, 2010 1:48 PM by Mike Bederka
We all know helping smokers to quit saves lives, but new research provides hard evidence that states can reap favorable economic benefits by getting people to kick the habit. Released this week, the American Lung Association study provides a nationwide Read More...
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CDC: Smoking in Movies Still a Problem
August 24, 2010 7:29 AM by Mike Bederka
Smoking in films is getting mixed reviews, according to a new CDC report . The number of tobacco incidents (occurrences of tobacco use) in top-grossing movies peaked in 2005, then declined by approximately half through 2009, representing the first time Read More...
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Home-Grown Tobacco Still Offers Threats
August 20, 2009 11:53 AM by Vern Enge
There's bad news ahead for therapists in their efforts to help people stop smoking. Because tobacco companies have upped their prices for products to compensate from a declining smoker base and state and federal governments have raised the taxes on cigarettes Read More...
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Deciphering Coding Conundrums
February 13, 2009 2:14 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) demonstration program proved to be a great success for the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Medicare already has recouped nearly $1 billion from providers in the five states where the program was launched Read More...
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Sending wishes of lung cancer to your friends
January 28, 2009 8:48 AM by Colleen Mullarkey
Chinese health officials are celebrating the New Year with an anti-smoking campaign to end the tradition of giving cigarettes as gifts. The campaign from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that giving such gifts is like "sending Read More...
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What's your Monday Resolution?
November 19, 2008 4:45 PM by test test
"I will exercise every day" ... "I will commit an act of kindness every week." ... "I will quit smoking." When the clock strikes midnight on the last day of the year, people make resolutions for a better life. But how many people keep them? Only about Read More...
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Chest 2008: Smoking Cessation: The Best and Worst of Times
October 30, 2008 5:40 PM by test test
Having a tough time getting your patients to stop smoking? You're not alone, according to a study presented Tuesday at the ACCP conference. "This is the best of times and the worst of times," study author David P. Sachs, MD, of the Palo Alto Center for Read More...
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No Smokes for S.F. Pharmacies
October 7, 2008 1:19 PM by test test
Change is in the air in San Francisco-or at least in its pharmacies. A law preventing city pharmacies from selling tobacco products took effect this month. The ban is the first of its kind in the U.S., but advocates say it follows the stance taken by Read More...
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