Forget the gum. Mindfulness can stop you from smoking

Courtney Baechler
Courtney Baechler, MD

[MINNPOST, August 19, 2015] Imagine for a moment that Marlboro Man Sam Elliott is sat down by his doctor and instructed to stop smoking. What would he do? Would he scoff and keep puffing like "Thank You for Smoking" Sam Elliott would do? Or would he listen carefully like the hippie "Parks and Recreation" Sam Elliot would and try the New-Agey stuff?

If he was smart he'd be "Parks and Recreation" Sam Elliott. Mindfulness is proving to a powerful new tool in getting people off their bad habits. “Mindfulness is all about changing the loops in your brain that say you want something,” says Courtney Baechler, a physician with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern, which is part of the Allina Integrated Medical Network. Read more at

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