Anne Mitchell, Patient Expert

Anne wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for COPD.

How to Quit Smoking: Week 1

The Complete 4-Week Quit Smoking Guide: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 So you’ve set the big date - you’re finally ready to quit for good. If this is your first time, be prepared for some rocky days ahead. If this is your umpteenth time, then you alread...
Anne Mitchell

Preparing to Quit Smoking

So you’ve decided to quit smoking - or maybe you’ve tried to quit before and are ready to try again. What can you do to make your first week as successful as possible? Here are some tips from someone who’s been there (over and over again) and finally ...
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How old are your lungs?

I recently read an article where researchers conducted a study to discover if people who learned the relative age of their lungs after years of smoking were more likely to quit after having that knowledge. It turns out that indeed, people who discove...
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Patrick Swayze smokes despite having cancer

Reports have been surfacing that despite a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze is still smoking his usual two packs of cigarettes a day. What would drive an otherwise intelligent person to do such a thing to his body? Swayze has bee...
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How to avoid weight gain after quitting smoking

When we smoke, our metabolism is falsely revved up by nicotine and all the other chemicals ingested with each drag. Our hearts beat faster and we burn more calories as our bodies struggle to maintain an optimal level of oxygenation. Our appetite is a...
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Stop Smoking Tips: Use Positive Reinforcement Lists

When I was struggling to quit smoking, I found it helpful to write down all the reasons I wanted to stay smoke-free and carry that list with me. These statements were little nuggets of positive reinforcement that served to remind me of why quitting w...
Anne Mitchell

Use Positive Reinforcement Lists to Help Stay Quit

When I was struggling to quit smoking, I found it helpful to write down all the reasons I wanted to stay smoke-free and carry that list with me. These statements were little nuggets of positive reinforcement that served to remind me of why quitting w...
Anne Mitchell

The Influence of Celebrities Who Smoke

When celebrities smoke cigarettes on screen or are caught by the paparazzi smoking in public, they send a powerful message to our youth that smoking is both cool and acceptable. Ben Affleck recently spoke publicly on Oprah about quitting and how much ...
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Stop-Smoking Drugs - Are They For You?

Today, we have many different drugs and tools available to us that are designed to help us quit smoking. But do they really work? And are they safe? When I was struggling over those many years to become an ex-smoker, I kept trying the newest thing on ...
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