Nagging vs. smoking

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 28, 2011 - 9:04 PM

U study finds frequent phone calls can help smokers quit.

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SwiftBoatNov. 28, 11 8:51 PM

I thought with our current state of budget affairs that we WANT people to smoke. We have politicians addicted to spending!

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Wally_99Nov. 28, 11 9:17 PM

Smoke 'em up! Uncle Sam and States would be broke without you poor folks on whose backs these taxes depend!

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rlundl02Nov. 29, 11 7:27 AM

I never started smoking, but I think I'd be more inclined to continue smoking if some earnest, non-judgemental type bothered me every month with condescending tips and encouragement. I'd rather have someone kicking my A$$.

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johnnycgoodNov. 29, 11 7:37 AM

So who's going to continue to finance the lives and retirements of all these people living an extra 20+ years because they've quit smoking? I hope they have enough saved up in their retirement accounts.

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tobias0227Nov. 29, 11 8:05 AM

This extended program seems like a good use research money. johnnycgood--why are you concerned with people living 20+ years because of their health? I'm sure if it was one of your family members quitting smoking, you would support financing their retirement and life for another 20 years or so. Just because smokers you don't receive retirement benefits, etc., does not mean that their longevity is less important.

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riverarchyNov. 29, 11 8:23 AM

$944 is enough money to buy 150 e-cigs. Enough to last the average smoker more than a year without any reduction in blood-stream nicotine level, thus no cravings. And no shivering outside. E-cigs emit nicotine in water vapor, non-carcinogenic and without combustion products. I continue to wonder why health professionals keep pushing abstinence as the only option when it comes to tobacco use and do not think that harm reduction would be a good thing. But it's probably the $944 dollars.

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liberaleliteNov. 29, 11 8:38 AM

Maybe if we start fining smokers for LITTERING every time they throw their disgusting cig butts out their car window, they'd stop. But I guess smokers are entitled and cig butts are some special sort of refuse exempted from littering restrictions.

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kn12345Nov. 29, 11 8:48 AM

e-cig all the way!!! I got mine just over a month ago and literally haven't had a normal cig since. My asthma rescue inhaler usage has dropped from once daily to about once weekly. A handful of my friends have also switched to e-cigs. Once they found the right system for their needs, none went back to 'analog.'

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scorpiogncNov. 29, 11 9:01 AM

ecigs is the key! all that other stuff, is garbage and you will relapse. With ecigs, you can follow your old habits, get the same feel and also enjoy 'vaporing' in places you couldn't in the past, discovering the luxury of it, which helps quitting too. People who don't smoke, shouldn't have an opinion on how to quite smoking, sorry. Ecigs don't smell either, give it a day and you'll get used to it.

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benjammin3Nov. 29, 1110:19 AM

What works for some won't work for all... As a former smoker, I can tell you that every time someone bugged me about quitting (especially TV commercials), it just made me want to smoke more. Not everybody is like that, but there is a certain personality type that resists being told to do things, and that type of person would have a terrible time with this strategy.

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