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Surgeon General’s Office Turns 50

27

Jan
2014
Categories :AHEC Tobacco

Surgeon General’s Office Turns 50 Thank you Surgeon General for 50 Year of Progress In Smoking Cessation Smoking remains the most preventable cause of death, disability, and disease in the United States and yet, 1 in 3 deaths are smoking related. These shocking statistics...

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Top New Year Resolution – Quit Smoking

06

Jan
2014
Categories :AHEC Tobacco

Top New Year Resolution – Quit Smoking How to Make the New Year’s Resolution of Quitting a Reality Hello January- the month of fresh starts! At the start of every year, people all over the world decide that this year something will change for...

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Smoking and Depression

12

Dec
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

Smoking and Depression It’s unclear as to whether smoking leads to depression or if depression causes people to smoke, but studies show that they are relative to one another. Researchers have proven that smoking can improve a negative mood, which is absolutely one reason...

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Smoker’s Flu

03

Dec
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

Smokers Flu While smoking affects an individual’s lungs, heart rate, and increases risk for cancer, research has shown that smokers also suffer more from the common cold and the flu than non-smokers. The American Society for Clinical Investigation proved that viral infections have more...

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The Great American Smokeout

15

Nov
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

The Great American Smokeout – November 21st, 2013 Smoke Out to a Healthy Life        As the old saying goes, winners never quit, and quitters never win. The American Cancer Society challenges smokers to choose to be the exception to this rule....

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The Myth-Smoking to Relax

30

Oct
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

The Myth-Smoking to Relax Have you ever said I need to smoke to relax? Many people find it hard to even consider giving up cigarettes because they believe that smoking helps them relax. To help us understand this theory better, we decided to consult...

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Smoking Increases the Risk of Breast Cancer

14

Oct
2013
Categories :AHEC Tobacco

Smoking Increases the Risk of Breast Cancer Everyone knows smoking causes lung cancer. But did you know that smoking can significantly increase your risk of breast cancer? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we see the pink ribbon everywhere. We also see brands...

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Quitting Smoking – My Story

23

Sep
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

Quitting Smoking – My Story One month and eighteen days. That’s how long I have been a non-smoker. One month and eighteen days, normally I would have smoked 296 cigarettes in that time. When I think about those 296 cigarettes sitting in a pile,...

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

04

Sep
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

September-Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Good health begins with awareness. We have to understand what is healthy for our bodies and what is not healthy for our bodies in order to maintain good health. This is a consistent conscious pursuit. There is always new information...

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e-cigarettes

19

Aug
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

e-cigarettes-feeding your addiction New inventions hit the shelves every day. The latest in the smoking industry is e-cigarettes. An e-cigarette looks much like the standard cigarette you have seen for years, but it is being billed as a “safer alternative” to cigarettes. We all...

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Breathe

18

Jul
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

“He who half breathes, half lives.” Mary Oliver When you are a smoker, you limit your capacity to breathe. Over time this can have a negative impact on the health of your body. The lungs harden and the breath becomes impaired. There are numerous...

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Quit Smoking

20

Jun
2013
AHECWinning
Categories :AHEC Tobacco

I never thought I could quit smoking. I am a man who works outside as a contractor. It is hard work that can be stressful- both physically and mentally. I am tired by the end of the day. My wife and kids had made...

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The Power of Preparation and Positive Thinking

20

May
2013
Categories :AHEC Tobacco

The power of preparation and positive thinking will kick start your journey to becoming a non-smoker.  Quitting smoking is a process you will have to work through and every minute you will need to make the decision not to smoke.  The addictive chemicals that...

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Smoking-My Dirty Little Secret

19

Apr
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

Smoking-My Dirty Little Secret Smoking cigarettes was always my dirty little secret. Everyone who knew me well would probably say I was the picture of health. I ate organic foods whenever possible, exercised 5 times a week, and even went with my girlfriend to...

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Never Too Old to Quit

25

Mar
2013
79-year old IQuit participant
You are never too old to quit!
Categories :AHEC Tobacco

You are never too old to quit:  A letter from an IQuit participant: To Whom It May Concern: (AND IT SHOULD CONCERN YOU) I am so very thrilled to be able to write these words: I am cigarette free for more than 2-1/2 years. I...

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Social Smoking

24

Mar
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

For me, smoking has always been a social thing. I never considered myself addicted because I didn’t smoke at home while I was alone. But I smoked almost everywhere else. I worked in a high rise in downtown Tampa and taking breaks with my...

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Smoking and my Relationship

13

Mar
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

One thing my husband and I have always shared is smoking. We enjoyed cigarettes together after a wonderful meal, when we would go out dancing, and even after a long day of work. We liked being together and we liked smoking together. Over the...

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Stop the Insanity

22

Feb
2013
Stop the Insanity!  Don't be a prisoner to your addiction for another day.
Categories :AHEC Tobacco

We all know that smoking is bad for us. TV commercials broadcast the dire statistics, showing the emphysema patient who is hanging onto life by a small thread. There is no doubt that the clinical research being done supports the finding that smoking has...

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3 Weeks to a Smoke Free Life

02

Feb
2013
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Categories :AHEC Tobacco

JUST GIVE IT THREE WEEKS We live in a world where we want everything yesterday. Time is of the essence. Quick fixes. Fast returns. Well, did you know your body is more than willing to provide you with just that. If you’re a smoker,...

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