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This Thanksgiving, Don’t Quit Cold Turkey Without Your Doctor’s Help

While the holidays are a time for celebration with family and friends for many, there can also be stress associated with holiday preparations and gatherings. In fact, according to a study by the American Psychological Association, more than a third of people feel an increase in stress over the holidays – and that often leads to an increase in smoking.

Whether it’s due to the colder weather or the stress that comes with the holidays, smoking habits are impacted. Around the holidays, people may start smoking, resume smoking after previously quitting, or increase how much they smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco takes more than 28,000 lives in New York each year and afflicts nearly 600,000 New Yorkers with serious disease directly attributable to their smoking. Quitting cold turkey or resisting the urge to smoke over the holidays is challenging – but a physician can help.

“We know from research that 70% of smokers want to quit – but only 7% of them will be able to (more…)

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