Category Archives: Smoking Cessation

The Business of Healthcare: Musings of a Pesky Baby Boomer


Patients tell me they are disgruntled with their health care because they never know what the cost will be. What other business provides services to customers without first disclosing the cost of those services?  From auto mechanics to funeral planners, most businesses are expected, even required by law, to provide an estimate of the cost to the consumer.  With medical fees so incredibly high, why aren’t doctors and hospitals expected to do the same? Why, when patients are given consent forms […]

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Trying to Stop Smoking? Chantix is Different from Everything Else You Might Have Tried


Tobacco use is still the most preventable cause of death, killing nearly half a million Americans every year.  About one out of every five Americans still smoke, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco, is considered as addictive as heroin, and most people who “kick the habit” try to quit several times before they finally succeed.  Research shows that the combination of counseling and medication used to treat nicotine addiction is the most successful […]

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