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Quit Cold Turkey.
January 01, 2024

How to Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

Quitting cigarette smoking cold turkey means cutting all nicotine products abruptly. Tips to help you quit include exercising, chewing gum, and changing your routine, among others. There are two general approaches to quitting smoking: Abrupt: This is the cold turkey method, which is when you stop using nicotine products in one shot. Gradual: This is when you…

Quit Cold Turkey.
Nicotine in Body.
September 12, 2023

How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your System?

The time nicotine stays in your system depends on how long and how often you’re exposed to it. It also depends on whether you smoked it, chewed it, or inhaled it second-hand. Whenever you smoke cigarettes or vape, chew tobacco, or inhale secondhand cigarette smoke, nicotine is absorbed into your bloodstream. From there, enzymes in…

Nicotine in Body.
Giving Blood if You Smoke
July 12, 2023

Can You Give Blood If You Smoke?

You can still give blood even if you smoke, drink, or use cannabis regularly. A few things might disqualify you, like certain medications or underlying conditions. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), nearly 5 million Americans receive blood transfusions each year. There are many reasons why someone could need a blood transfusion, such as:…

Giving Blood if You Smoke
Early Signs of Emphysema
June 05, 2023

What Are Early Signs of Emphysema?

Emphysema can cause chest tightness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that’s caused by damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. This damage makes it hard for the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, which can lead to shortness of breath, coughing, and…

Early Signs of Emphysema
Nicotine and Estrogen
May 11, 2023

Nicotine May Block Estrogen in Women’s Brains, Making It Harder to Quit Smoking

New research shows that nicotine blocks estrogen production in the female brain, which could make it more difficult to quit. Studies have shown that women have a harder time quitting smoking than men do. New research indicates that nicotine blocks the production of estrogen in women’s brains, which could explain why it’s more difficult for…

Nicotine and Estrogen
Smoking and Estrogen
November 01, 2022

Nicotine May Block Estrogen in Women’s Brains, Making It Harder to Quit Smoking

Studies have shown that women have a harder time quitting smoking than men do. New research indicates that nicotine blocks the production of estrogen in women’s brains, which could explain why it’s more difficult for them to quit. While more research is needed to fully understand the underlying mechanisms, the findings suggest that nicotine may…

Smoking and Estrogen
Smoking Cessation Heart Attack
April 12, 2022

Smoking Cessation Adds 5 Healthy Years to Life After Heart Attack

Quit smoking after a heart attack or bypass surgery, or go on 3 different medications? You may see the same longevity benefits if you just quit, scientists say. Smokers who give up cigarettes after a heart attack, bypass surgery, or procedures to unclog blocked arteries may add almost five healthy years to their lives, a…

Smoking Cessation Heart Attack
Quit Smoking Versus Vaping
March 01, 2022

Vaping May Be Worse Than Smoking for Your Nose and Throat

E-cigarette and hookah waterpipe users may be at greater risk than tobacco cigarette smokers for cancers of the nose, sinuses, and throat, according to a new study. That’s because vapers and hookah users are more than twice as likely to exhale smoke through their nose as cigarette smokers, who typically exhale smoke through the mouth, the researchers explained. “Our findings suggest that the…

Quit Smoking Versus Vaping