Nicotine is an Anti-Depressant

Are you depressed? You can take the Beck Depression Inventory Test to find out if you are depressed. Finding out – Why you smoke?.. is a crucial step in quitting. Many heavy smokers self-medicate themselves with nicotine. When that is the case it is better to find out and seek treatment for depression. And consequently […]

Every Puff Is Harmful

A common reply I get when I ask patients about smoking is: “I hardly do it”. “I smoke occasionally”. “I just smoke socially”, etc. It’s like they are ashamed and are trying to tell me that they are aware of the harmfulness of smoking. But that they are NOT “heavy smokers”. According to the surgeon […]

THE EFFECTS OF NICOTINE?

It is only a matter of seconds after that first puff that nicotine starts to have an effect on your central nervous system, and the rest of your body. Certain areas of the brain, when stimulated by nicotine, help you think more clearly. Other areas of the brain lie in a pleasure center which when […]

BUERGER’S DISEASE (THROMBOANGIITIS OBLITERANS) AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO SMOKERS

[widget id=”ad_unit-10″]ad_unit-10[/widget]In 1908 Dr. Leo Buerger provided a detailed and accurate description of Thromboangiitis obliterans or Buerger’s Disease (BD) and the pathological findings in 11 amputated limbs. Thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger’s Disease) is characterized by segmental, thrombosing (or clotting), and acute and chronic inflammation of intermediate and small arteries and sometimes veins of the extremeties (hands […]