Category Archives: smoking cessation

Our Top Blog Posts 2014: A Year of Change—sorta.


Tracking our blog posts each week and seeing what clicks with our readers and followers is telling. And always surprising. This year’s recap of our best Carrot and Stick blogs from our talented panel of bloggers is no exception. The key learning here for me is that great content targeted to the right audience sticks…

Health and Wealth: Why the healthy are wealthy and how you can be too


“Health” and “wealth” aren’t just two words that sound alike; they are aspects of our lives that are intertwined within one another. Between kicking bad habits and picking up good ones, there are many things we can change in our daily lives to save our health and our money. Studies have shown that people who…

Behavior Change: Understanding the Transtheoretical Model


Behavior change is all around us. Whether it’s engaging in community service, making healthier food choices, exercising on a regular basis or quitting smoking, most of us have a list of behaviors we want to start (or stop) that resist our attempts to do so. And while many people are capable of achieving short-term success,…

Behavior Change: Top 10 Mistakes Are Google Gold.


When it comes to behavior change on the Internet, there is no shortage of information highlighting and dissecting the challenges that stand in the way of long-term success changing behavior. Bloggers, scholars, scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, marketers, corporations, government agencies, non-profits—even your friends and an ever-growing group of people who have no idea what they’re talking…

Transitioning to Quit with Electronic Cigarettes


We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but despite the fact that it is, many of us can’t quit. If you’ve read my past blog posts, I’ve tried quitting on numerous occasions and failed. So yeah, quitting is hard because it requires us to make a major change in our behavior, but it’s really not impossible….

Wellness in the Workplace: Where to Start and Why. 10 Helpful Hints and Benefits.


Over the past decade, wellness in the workplace has become more and more common and has entered the realm of expected benefits in many cases.  Several years ago, companies that employed a wellness program of any kind for their employees, might have been considered cutting edge and unique, but as the nation looks to a…

Is a New Year’s Resolution the Enemy of Behavior Change?


Early January . . . a favorite time of year for behavior changeologists and self-improvement enthusiasts the world over. New Year’s Day marks a fresh start, a new leaf, a farewell to the gluttony and excess of yesteryear and the ushering in of discipline, dedication, and an idyllic new you. And yet, one of the…

Shake me more: behavior change is hard.


My previous blog was full of aspiration to quit smoking. It was inspirational and all, but the bottom line is, quitting smoking is hard. It’s been three months since I blogged about my behavior-change attempt and I’ve made good progress but, am sad to say I still smoke. Ugh. The path to behavior change requires pulling several…

Hug me—I smoke cigarettes!


Unchecked tobacco use—the leading cause of preventable heart and lung disease—will contribute to more than 10 million deaths by 2030 according to the World Health Organization.  I’ll follow that up with, “Hi, my name is Lauren; I am 26 years old and enjoy the occasional cigarette (so sorry, Gram!). For anyone who smokes cigarettes or has…

How people quit cigarettes and why CEOs don’t smoke.


I loved cigarette smoking. I started when I was just a punk kid and all of my friends were into it from the earliest of ages. I must’ve been around 12 when I picked up my first cigarette. I mean literally picked up a half-smoked butt off the street tossed by a passerby that we…