Rochester and back

I am finally home from the Mayo Clinic. I went there as a work trip to learn how to be a tobacco cessation specialist. The training consisted of 5 days of lecture and tours of the Mayo Clinic to learn about all things tobacco. I learned some new things along the way, as well as heard lots of stuff I already knew.

For starters, here are the things that I knew but it was nice to hear again:
-tobacco use is an addiction. There are little receptors in the brain that get stimulated when you smoke a cigarette or chew. These receptors have memory, so they remember what it was like to get some nicotine, and they crave more.
-Most people have many attempts to quit smoking before they actually succeed.
– People don’t like to be hassled about quitting smoking (can you imagine?!). Stop hassling people and start having real helpful conversations.
-There are a lot of nicotine replacement out there that can help people quit smoking.

Here are the things that surprised me:
-Cigarettes are designed to be the most efficient nicotine delivery device know. It takes 5 heartbeats to get nicotine in from the lungs into the arteries and into your brain, this is why it is so addictive.
-Nicotine replacement (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler, nasal spray) goes through the venous system or the oral membranes and so it takes much longer.
-You need to have much higher doses of nicotine replacement than we are giving (this blew me away!). So, the next time someone says “yeah, I tried the patch and it did not work”, it likely didn’t because they didn’t have a high enough dose.

Lighted billboard for the Center for Tobacco Free Living office at Mayo Clinic

If you are smoking and would like to quit, please talk to your health care professional about your options. If there is a tobacco treatment specialist in your area, this is the person you need to talk to.


I had such a great time in Rochester. On both my flights there and back, I sat in row 5a on the planes. Weird, right?!  I stopped through Chicago O’Hare and had such a great time there. Once I was in Rochester, I ate at several great restaurants. If you are ever in the area, you need to go to Victoria’s and Newts. They are the best. At Victoria’s, I had the Chicken Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli which was to die for. I could eat that every night.  The awesome thing about Victoria’s was that they had a gluten-free menu. I am not personally gluten-free, but it’s nice to see menus that feature this.   At Newts, I tried the peanut butter burger which sounds really gross but is phenomenal!  Try it! Here were other crazy things on the menu!

On Thursday I started getting sick with nasal congestion and all around fatigue. By Friday night the return trip was miserable and all I wanted to do was sleep. I spent all day Saturday sleeping in my jammies. On Sunday, Nathan and I went to Frankenmuth to the Bavarian Inn for Nathan’s grandpa’s birthday and had a great time. Today is Monday and I have taken the day off, so all I am doing is sitting in my lounge chair sleeping. Its wonderful.  I hope all of you had a great weekend.

About Save the Treats for the Dog

Hi. My name is April. I am a runner, want to be photographer, and lover of all things dog. This is my space where I can keep track of all the Labrador antics as well as hopefully still maintain some semblance of a healthy lifestyle. Please come in and stay awhile
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