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Dr. Oz says the lure of smoking in Tony and Wendie's home is powerful. But the real issue, he says, is fear.

Tony's biggest fear is of abandonment, while Wendie fears she will feel compelled to run away from her family. "It's the perfect storm," Dr. Oz says.

Instead of running to their pack of cigarettes whenever things get difficult, Dr. Oz says Tony and Wendie need to get used to confronting their emotions without smoking. "Let's say there's a deadline next week, [and] you have a lot of fear on that deadline," he says. "You panic. You have a cigarette, have a drink…whatever drives you to do things you know are not good for you. And the bad thing doesn't happen. So you think you're right, but you never let what would be uncomfortable happen."
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FROM: Emergency House Call: Dr. Oz and Family in Crisis
Published on January 01, 2006

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