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Cardiomyopathy

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Image courtesy of Dr. Edwin P. Ewing, Jr. and the CDC 1972

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A condensed recommendations guide geared toward improving clinical preventive services for adolescents for a broad range of health issues, including alcohol and drug use problems.
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American Medical Association 1999
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Smokefree.gov (http://smokefree.gov/) provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.
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National Cancer Institute
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The Foundation for a Smokefree America was founded in 1989 by Patrick Reynolds, a grandson of the founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. A former pack-a-day smoker, Patrick saw his father, oldest brother and other relatives die from cigarette-induced emphysema, heart disease and cancer. (From their website)
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TobaccoFree.org
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Quitting Tobacco Use is a Process

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Stages of Quitting

The stages of tobacco cessation are: Contented user, Thinking about quitting, Deciding to quit, Quitting, Trying to stay quit, Relapsing, and Staying quit. This is a process that may repeat before becoming permanent.

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Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. About half of the people who don't quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems. Quitting smoking is important for your health and provides many benefits. Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to normal. Your sense of smell and taste return and breathing starts to become easier. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer. Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free.
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National Cancer Institute
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Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine. (From their website)
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Nicotine Anonymous
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Project MATCH was a multisite clinical trial of alcohol treatment, designed to test a series of a priori hypotheses on how patient-treatment interactions relate to outcome. It is supported by the NIAAA (From their Website).
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Project MATCH, Dept. of Community Medicine & Health Care, Univ. of Connecticut Health Center
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Recognizing alcohol problems in primary care
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RAND
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The 4 D's: Steps for Coping With Withdrawal

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Details withdrawal symptoms from tobacco cessation and how to manage them.

Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are no fun, yet most people feel them when they quit smoking. Most people feel withdrawal symptoms when they quit smoking. There are 2 types of addiction: the physical and the psychological.

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