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Michael Douglas Caught Smoking Again after Beating Throat Cancer
NY Daily News ^ | 7/29/11 | Nancy Dillon

Posted on 07/30/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta

Actor Michael Douglas was photographed smoking on a yacht last week - less than a year after "beating" stage IV throat cancer.

The Oscar winner appears on the new cover of Star Magazine and in photos inside puffing on what appears to be a hand-rolled cigarette July 21.

He looks tanned and relaxed in the exclusive Star photos, leaning on the yacht's railing while traveling with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones along the Italian Riviera.

"Are you calling about the photos, because we have no comment," a rep for Douglas' spokesman Allen Burry told the Daily News.

The Hollywood icon, 66, was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer last August and lost 32 pounds undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiation.

"I feel good. I feel relieved," the actor told NBC "Today" host Matt Lauer in an interview in January, revealing that his treatment was a success.

"The tumor is gone," he told Lauer. "The odds are with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat."

"It's rare to return to smoking after something like this, but it's an addiction akin to heroin. It's a physical addiction, not just psychological, and very difficult to break," said Dr. Eric Genden, a Mt. Sinai surgeon.

"It's a bad idea. In patients with a history of carcinoma of the throat, smoking represents an exceptionally high risk to developing recurrence and even dying from the disease."

It's possible Douglas was smoking medical marijuana or another substance other than tobacco, but medical marijuana typically is used to treat loss of appetite and nausea while treatment is ongoing.

Most patients quit any type of smoking because it tends to cause a burning sensation on throat tissue damaged by radiation, Genden said.

It's a really bad idea," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


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1 posted on 07/30/2011 7:31:28 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Catherine Zeta-Jones arrives with her husband Michael Douglas and their children Dylan and Carys Douglas, to attend a Royal Investiture at Buckingham Palace in London on February 24, 2011.

2 posted on 07/30/2011 7:32:53 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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Even IF some medical benefit could be shown to marijuana, smoking it would not be the health conscious delivery method


3 posted on 07/30/2011 7:34:12 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Its a tuff addiction
4 posted on 07/30/2011 7:36:08 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

It’s a monkey to beat, but then again, he probably thinks his time is limited and what the heck.

After all that pain though, I can’t imagine wanting more when the cancer re-occurs, which is most certainly will.


5 posted on 07/30/2011 7:36:08 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

quit in 1976.... 2 packs a day...smoking for 14 years...

you have to decide to quit...you have to want to quit....and you have to go cold turkey....

now after 35 years, I still have a slight urge to have a cigarette after a cup of coffee...

a nasty habbit that requires one to make a life decision and not a ‘for now I will quit but will start again when I feel better’ decision...


6 posted on 07/30/2011 7:37:51 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Stupid is as stupid does.


7 posted on 07/30/2011 7:37:51 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: yldstrk; t1b8zs; OpusatFR; Vaquero; unixfox

8 posted on 07/30/2011 7:40:49 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Death wish


9 posted on 07/30/2011 7:41:49 AM PDT by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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10 posted on 07/30/2011 7:42:10 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
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11 posted on 07/30/2011 7:42:31 AM PDT by keypro (Dubyateaeff)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

look at the pic. he is in the doobie zone, not cigs.


12 posted on 07/30/2011 7:43:01 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Vaquero

I quit cold turkey in March of 1986. It took five years before I quit reaching in my shirt pocket for one...


13 posted on 07/30/2011 7:43:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Vaquero
You are SO right.

I've quit a dozen times ... sometimes a few days, once about 8 months .. and I've succombed for some idiot reason or another and get hooked immediately all over again.

The scriptural, "O miserable wretch that I am .. " blares in my prayers.

14 posted on 07/30/2011 7:43:51 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Could it also be that he is not cured and his days are limited?

I'm on attempt #9. Going well so far.

15 posted on 07/30/2011 7:44:03 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: keypro
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16 posted on 07/30/2011 7:44:06 AM PDT by keypro (Dubyateaeff)
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To: beebuster2000

Agreed. No chance Mr. Douglas rolls his own smokes.

That’s a doobie!


17 posted on 07/30/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012 - GAME ON!!)
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To: Vaquero

I agree. I quit November 25, 1977, cold turkey, smoked 3 packs per day. One of the worse parts was dreaming about smoking. The other day I was talking with my wife and mentioned to her that if I had not quit smoking when I did I would be dead by now.


18 posted on 07/30/2011 7:44:40 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Vaquero

Good for you!

Quitting takes smarts and guts. My sister-in-law is a cancer specialist and smokes a pack a day. She has tried everything and can’t quit.

Everything except just quitting. That’s what you have to do...just quit.


19 posted on 07/30/2011 7:45:25 AM PDT by kjo
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To: A. Morgan

Well, my guess is that is HIS choice to do. I am sure through his medical coverages and his personal fortune he pays his entire medical care bill so why should we be upset. I am frankly more upset by the number of benefits I am paying for those who have no insurance and are involved in distructive behavior.

BTW, I don’t smoke, gave it up in 72 after Army. We don’t let anyone in our house or cars who smokes now either nor do we frequent places where smoking is tolerated. That is our choice.


20 posted on 07/30/2011 7:45:45 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Vaquero
you have to decide to quit...you have to want to quit....and you have to go cold turkey....

Dittos to that. And it helps being married to a non=smoker. You have to be so utterly miserable for a couple of weeks that once you get through that you will never let yourself go there again.

21 posted on 07/30/2011 7:47:26 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Vaquero
I did the same quit cold turkey many years ago..I guess we are two of thousands that do not have to have drugs to quit smoking..And of course there are times I think about smoking but know I am stronger than that so let it pass..

Muchael Douglas, has to make up his own mind not to smoke..

22 posted on 07/30/2011 7:48:16 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Vaquero

Both my father in-law (a smoker for decades) and my husband quite cold turkey. Cold Turkey works.


23 posted on 07/30/2011 7:52:39 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: PLD

Quit cold turkey on Great American Smokeout Day 27 years ago. Laid on the couch under a blanket like I was sick for three days. Got acne, gained 20 pounds, it wasn’t pretty. But a year later when I asked a friend for a cigarette, I was appalled by how awful it tasted. Oh, people would say “I bet you feel so much better” and I would say “not really” but it was going to kill me so I had to quit.


24 posted on 07/30/2011 7:53:29 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ops33

I quit cold turkey right about that time but in may....when I was born and my mom smoked. haha.

Havent have a cig since! :D


25 posted on 07/30/2011 7:54:04 AM PDT by smith288 (Peace at all costs gives you tyranny free of charge)
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To: Vaquero
I was on a condo construction site when my boss tapped me and said, "Watch this".

A plumber was coming out of a unit and stopped by his truck to have a smoke. He pulled the pack out of his pocket and offered on to another guy standing close. We watched as they lit up and then a guy on the roof took a cig from his pocket and so did a carpenter who was hanging siding - he offered one to the guy working with him.

It was contagious. Withing not more than a minute there were at least a half dozen guys smoking cigarettes. My boss said he figured he lost a couple of hours of labor a day to smoking. He was the first contractor I heard of to restrict smoking to break time only. It is a mighty addictive habit to contend with.

26 posted on 07/30/2011 7:55:35 AM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Way back when my mom was dying of cancer. I thought she was nuts to continue smoking. Doc pulled me aside and said to “let her do what she wants with the time she has, won't make a difference”. He was right.
27 posted on 07/30/2011 7:55:56 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: knarf
I finally quit after many many tries. A friend of mine, a doctor put me on CATAPRES TTS 1. It comes in a patch and has no nicotine in it. You get 4 patches changing them once a week for a month. In a few days after you start the patch that awful physical desire to have a smoke is gone. By the end of the month nicotine is out of your system. For the next 10 to 11 months it's all mental.
Catpres is a blood pressure medicine, very mild and even if you have low blood pressure it won't hurt you.
The reason you don't hear about this as a way out of smoking is there's little money in it compared to the Nicotine gums and other crap.
It worked for me, good luck.
28 posted on 07/30/2011 7:57:43 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( five words most feared by a Louisiana politician: “Will the defendant please rise.”)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
It's possible Douglas was smoking medical marijuana or another substance other than tobacco


29 posted on 07/30/2011 7:58:04 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: PLD

When you smell tobacco smoke, does it smell good to you or does it smell like someone tracked something in on their shoes?

When cigarette smoke smells like s#%t to you, like it does to non smokers and ex smokers, you will know that you are truly over it.


30 posted on 07/30/2011 7:58:16 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Vaquero

I quit and I am not tempted to have another one ever.
It is tough to quit. One of the reasons I hate cigs is they start controlling one’s life. A person can’t do something without stopping to have a cig. I hate them. I am glad you quit and I am glad I quit also. My husband smoked a lot years ago, and said one day he just quit. Amazing. Did you just decide one day to quit or did you have a program to go to . I did everything till one finally stuck


31 posted on 07/30/2011 8:01:34 AM PDT by mel
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To: kjo

Both hubby and I smoke and seriously want to quit. We’ve also tried just about everything from cold turkey, gum, patches etc only to fail. Two days ago we bought the Blu brand of electronic cigarettes to assist us in quitting and let me tell you, I think this will be the key.

The e-cigs give the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette but have no other chemicals in them. They taste, smoke and feel as close to a real cigarette as possible even producing “smoke” that can be blown into a rings etc. The “smoke” however is nothing more than water vapor, has no smell, will not leave any residue on walls or most importantly in our lungs.

In two days we’ve both cut down on real cigarettes close to 75% and plan on not purchasing any more real cigs once we run out of the packs we currently have. I have very little doubt we will even want or need real tobacco with the e-cigs.

Of course the biggest drawback to e-cigs is that they contain nicotine (however, Blu does offer a no nicotine e-cig)so we will continue to be addicted while using the e-cigs. Our plan to deal with that is to slowly reduce the strength of the e-cigs until we are smoking the no-nicotine ones and either stay with them or simply quit completely.

You may want to suggest this idea to your sister-in-law (no, I receive no monies from the company lol) as a possible way to quit. The e-cigs provide everything needed to satisfy cigarette cravings both physically and mentally and so far it seems this combination is what it will take to help us quit. It may be the ticket for her.


32 posted on 07/30/2011 8:01:55 AM PDT by Brytani (Liberals - destroying America since 1776)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Michael Douglas has the right to smoke (marijuana or tobacco) cigarettes on his yacht, if he wishes. That he is very likely risking a recurrence of throat cancer is his risk to take. He is not harming anyone but himself by smoking, he is just being incredibly stupid, which is also his prerogative. That having been stated, should Michael Douglas develop cancer again, he will definitely not receive any sympathy from me. I quit a 32-year smoking habit 'cold turkey' back in 1989. Millions of people have done the same. Smoking is definitely an addiction but more mental than physical. One has to want to quit smoking, not just wish to quit or because of being nagged to do so. I quit because I wanted to, for all the usual reasons, including being an example to my then-10-year-old son. who had implored me to quit smoking. I also was afraid of developing cancer from smoking. If I - and millions of others - can quit smoking, so could Michael Douglas. That he chooses not to is not my problem. That he may well develop cancer again is his problem and if that happens, I won't be happy but I won't be terribly sad, either. He's a fool, plain and simple. Proving once again that money and fame are no measure of intelligence.
33 posted on 07/30/2011 8:02:05 AM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: yldstrk
I did not lay on the sofa for three days but if that is what it takes to quit I would have..I prayed for God to get me away from the habit,so he did help me. Every time I even thought about it..The power of prayer is awesome..
34 posted on 07/30/2011 8:02:09 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

why is this on FR?....is this news?


35 posted on 07/30/2011 8:02:16 AM PDT by FreeperDoll
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To: Ditter

Surely Dope, and possibly an indication he is still fighting cancer.


36 posted on 07/30/2011 8:02:40 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: DAC21

Still fighting cancer or he has given up fighting.


37 posted on 07/30/2011 8:05:00 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ladyvet

Knew a guy who had worked on Alaska fishing boats where drugs are a common problem. He quit the hard stuff but said that quitting smoking was the hardest of all - and ultimately impossible for him.

Personally, I hate cigarettes - they made me feel sick. Maybe I’m allergic. Thank God.


38 posted on 07/30/2011 8:05:55 AM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Ditter
It does smell awful to me I don't like the smoke and also when I am around one that smokes it makes me sick to my stomach when they reek of stale cigarettes smoke people do not realize that the smoke gets into their clothes. I can smell a smoker a mile away or it seems that way..
39 posted on 07/30/2011 8:08:14 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

An addiction is so hard to overcome. It is a Vice. A Vice that the Devil puts on you, and hard to get it off. It grips you.


40 posted on 07/30/2011 8:10:58 AM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Scarpetta = Small Shoe/Italian


41 posted on 07/30/2011 8:12:38 AM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: knarf

Don’t count yourself out. I “quit” several times for varying lengths of time before I actually quit. Then one time I made up my mind, quit cold turkey, vowed never to again touch a cigarette, and now after about ten years I haven’t and know I never will. I have absolutely no desire to smoke. Can’t imagine it, really. No patches or program or anything. I just made up my mind and eventually my body followed.


42 posted on 07/30/2011 8:13:17 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: OpusatFR
It’s a monkey to beat, but then again, he probably thinks his time is limited and what the heck

My father, who was a heavy smoker, had 3 heart attacks and 2 strokes. The 2nd stroke left him pretty much helpless, with a limited vocabulary and in a nursing home. After all of that my mother came in one day for a visit and found a pack of cigarettes in his robe pocket. She ordered the nurses not to give him access to tobacco. My sentiment was more like yours: what's it going to do, make him worse?

43 posted on 07/30/2011 8:14:47 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: beebuster2000

your right that is a doobie


44 posted on 07/30/2011 8:15:53 AM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Vaquero
I think the man is playing with fire and completely insane. If he doesn't get throat cancer again in the next few years I'll be surprised. He hasn't been cured yet he doesn't know that. Your considered cured if you go more than 5 years with out a return of it. Often and sadly for so many, it will pop up somewhere else in the body.

I quit smoking too. Started smoking in my late teens(seems that's when every one starts) and quit about 13 years later, smoked pack and a half a day. Actually quit several times before the final time. Haven't had a cigarette since 1982. First week was h*ll, it got easier after that. The cravings got less and less each day, not sure how long it took before I didn't really miss it. Several months maybe? I still craved cigarettes every once in awhile, maybe ever few months or so I'd get a craving. About 10 years or so ago, I stopped having cravings completely.

45 posted on 07/30/2011 8:16:55 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: knarf

Chantix.

Shuts off the nicotine receptors in the brain and takes care of the physical cravings. That was the reason I couldn’t stop...it wasn’t the “habit” aspect...it was physical.

Some folks can’t take it but it a miracle. I smoked for 40 yrs. Finally got Chantix and left cigs behind 3 years ago and have not looked back. Some RARE cravings sometimes come but they are easily batted away.


46 posted on 07/30/2011 8:18:51 AM PDT by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: FreeperDoll
why is this on FR?....is this news?

Why yes, it is news. The title loudly proclaimed its contents so you could bypass it. You do have the right to not read every article, did you know that?

47 posted on 07/30/2011 8:19:33 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire but I swear I didn't see him in the rearview mirror.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

If they were allowed to do research on MM and it were more widely legal, drug companies could come up with an inhaler system.


48 posted on 07/30/2011 8:20:05 AM PDT by quietly desperate (The state is that fiction by which everyone tries to live at everyone's expense.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I quit cold turkey once for 3 years and vowed I would never smoke again. Started back and then quit again cold turkey 12 years ago. I have no personal experience with drug addiction but I would guess that nicotine is as addictive as heroin. The hardest thing I ever did was quit smoking. Its like losing a friend.


49 posted on 07/30/2011 8:22:15 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: PLD

COld turkey is the way to quit - but you have to understand what happens

Most people dont recognize that the cravings and insomnia are simply WITDRAWAL SYMPTOMS and will go away in about 3 days

If you want to quit, go to you doctor and get a weeks supply of sleeping pills and valium

Once you know what is going on and you help to conteract some of the symptoms, it is easy


50 posted on 07/30/2011 8:22:51 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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