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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Jan 13, 2020




Feeling down may be the root of your inability to stop smoking for good.  This the conclusion of Harvard researchers who reviewed a national survey of more nearly 11,000 persons but also conducted a detailed study of nearly 1300 locals and habitual smokers shown sad video clips.


Those in the national sample who rated themselves as sad tended to be smokers.  Those viewing the sad videos had greater tobacco cravings, more impatience to resume smoking, and inhaled more deeply than viewers of neutral videos.


To break the smoking habit, create happiness for yourself.  Do what you love.  Plan uplifting days. Be with positive people.  Love yourself .  Stop worrying.  Sing a happy yourself.



Charles A. Dorison, Ke Wang, Vaughan W. Rees, Ichiro Kawachi, Keith M. M. Ericson, Jennifer S. Lerner. Sadness, but not all negative emotions, heightens addictive substance use. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019; 201909888 DOI: 10.1073/PNAS.1909888116


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