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Smoking Kills

By J Taylor Hays

Smoking kills! This is not news to anyone. We are now over 50 years since the presentation of the first U.S. Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health, a groundbreaking public health document that comprehensively distilled and presented the growing knowledge about the true health risks caused by tobacco. Since then the evidence for the […]

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Smokeless Tobacco No Cure for Quitting Smoking

By J Taylor Hays

In its 2012 legislative session the Kansas House of Representatives passed a resolution (Kansas HR 6026) “requesting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to conduct a study regarding tobacco harm reduction.” The resolution specifically directed the KDHE to recommend whether the state should incorporate the promotion of harm reduction by encouraging smokers to switch […]

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Willpower Isn’t Enough: What it Takes to Quit Smoking

By J Taylor Hays

Can anyone who wants it badly enough simply quit smoking? Should most smokers be encouraged to try to quit without using medications? The answer to both questions is “no,” so let’s explore what actually influences a person to quit and the role of medications. Influences on quit attempts Recent evidence suggests that motivation and intent […]

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