Should You Break Up with Your Cigarettes?

Should You Break Up with Your Cigarettes?

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With Valentine's Day just around the corner a timely new survey takes a look at cigarette smoking and  dating…. and whether cigarettes ignite the flame of love or if smoking is a real drag on your love life?

Bela Gandhi Relationship Expert
Founder and President, Smart Dating Academy

Bela Gandhi is the Founder and President of the Smart Dating Academy, a full service personal consulting firm that provides busy, successful professionals with dating coaching, image consulting, personal shopping, professional photography and online dating consulting. She is the head dating coach for Smart Dating - and has an uncanny sixth sense about people, and what they need. Her intuition has been responsible for several marriages (and children)!  The Huffington Post calls her "The Fairy Godmother of Dating!"

Bela has been connecting people all of her life. She is proud to have been one of a select group of coaches/matchmakers nationwide to be selected for a prestigious training program given by Rachel Greenwald, a NY Times Best Selling Author. Bela also has extensive personal career coaching experience through her affiliation and board membership with The Cara Program, a Chicago non-profit which has helped over 2,500 at-risk people turn their lives around. Bela also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Academy of Design and Technology's (IADT) Fashion Design Program. Prior to founding the Smart Dating Academy, Bela worked for 12 years as a top global executive for Akzo Nobel, a large multinational corporation. Bela has a finance degree from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is happily married with 2 children.

Mitchell Nides, PhD
President, Los Angeles Clinical Trials
Director, Picture Quitting, The Entertainment Industry's Quit Smoking Program

Mitchell Nides is the President and founder of Los Angeles Clinical Trials and Director of Picture Quitting, The Entertainment Industry's Quit Smoking Program. Dr. Nides has been helping smokers quit for the past 25 years. From 1987 to 1999 Dr. Nides was a smoking cessation researcher and counselor in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Dept. of the UCLA School of Medicine. In 1993 he founded Los Angeles Clinical Trials where he has been the Principal Investigator of dozens of clinical trials testing the safety and efficacy of smoking cessation medications including nicotine gum, patch, inhaler, and nasal spray, and non-nicotine medications Zyban and Chantix.

Over the years, Dr. Nides has trained thousands of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health care professionals on ways to help their patients stop smoking. He has co-hosted, along with former US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, a live smoking cessation satellite broadcast to smokers across the country. Dr. Nides has authored numerous articles on smoking cessation in such journals as Archives of Internal Medicine, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Addiction, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, and American Journal of Health Behavior.

Dr. Nides was a two-pack-a-day smoker who quit for good at the tender age of 23. It is one of his proudest accomplishments.
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