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Help To Quit Smoking On Camera

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, February 02, 2009 11:58 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: Smoking, Lung Cancer, Heart Attack, Engle Decision, American Legacy Foundation

Quitting smoking might be easier if you do it on the Today Show.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Web page Today Show

 

How hard is it to quit the most highly addictive drug- nicotine? 

The Today Show is partnering with the American Legacy Foundation to produce a series on quitting smoking - “Today Calls it Quits.”

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Today’s medical editor, reminds us that President Obama is trying to quit smoking and in the series we meet others - Joe, 27, who smokes half a pack a day on the weekday, and a full pack daily on the weekend.

Mauricio, 32-years-old is a pack a day smoker who has smoked 15 years.  Both are subjected to testing at a lab and on camera by Dr. Peter Shields, head of Georgetown University’s Human Smoking Lab.   

Dr. Shields says when we smoke we keep the smoke inside the mouth for a few seconds then inhale. “We will literally bathe the lungs with the carcinogens and other poisons.  From there it either damages the cells in the lungs or some of those chemicals get into the blood stream and from there it travels to your pancreas, your heart, to your bladder, your kidneys. Every organ that you look at you will see damage from smoking.”

Still, more than 43 million Americans smoke. Smoking will kill 400,000 Americans this year and 547,000 teens will pick up the habit ever year. 

Dr. Shields' team monitors the men as they smoke, calculating the amount of carbon monoxide they take in before and after their smoke. Carbon monoxide doubled in Mauricio from seven to 14 parts per million (ppm) and is a known poison in cigarettes which accumulates in lungs and other organs. 

Joe, the social smoker observes the amount of dark brown accumulated tar from one cigarette, while his CO2 level jumped from 4 ppm to 11 ppm from one cigarette. Normal is one ppm.   “That scares me that there,” Joe says.  

60 chemicals are in cigarettes including cadmium, lead, and arsenic - all likely carcinogens included in the legal substance, reminds Dr. Shields who calls cigarettes, “A product when used as intended is designed to kill you.”

The two men are still smoking, Dr. Snyderman says.

Risk of heart attack and stroke drop after a decade of not smoking and a profusion of oxygen and carbon monoxide starts to repair the body immediately, she says.

The American Legacy Foundation says in order to quit you must understand the triggers to smoking for you, and realize it’s okay to take medication to counter the influence of the addictive nature of another drug, nicotine.

As far as second hand smoke – the American Legacy Foundation reports on news from the Social Climate Survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Mississippi State University in November, 2008.

They find that more than 63 percent of smoking parents report their child has been exposed to secondhand smoke in the past week.  Only half of parents who smoke do so outside of the home.  And 27% and 21% reported that their child had been exposed to secondhand smoke in their home and vehicle in the past week, respectively.

The Foundation is dedicated to communicating about the dangers of smoking to help people reject tobacco and help people quit. 

ALF was created as a result of the November 1998 Master Settlement Agreement reached between the attorneys general from 46 states and the tobacco industry. #


3 Comments

Posted by Robert
Monday, February 02, 2009 7:09 PM EST

Hello Everyone,
My wife was finally able to kick the habit before she got pregnant with our now first born beautiful baby girl, so I thought I'll share the resource that she has used to help her quit the smoking habit with as many people as I can.
She was a heavy smoker for about ten years and just a couple of weeks after finding out about the program that I have researched online, she was able to quit smoking permanently and now can't stop telling people about how she had kicked the habit for good.
Anyway if you want to check it out, here is the site that my wife has used to help her quit smoking; LINK

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Posted by Gerry Foster
Monday, February 02, 2009 9:52 PM EST

What?

Posted by CarolT
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 1:51 AM EST

More than 50 studies show that human papillomaviruses cause over ten times more lung cancers than they pretend are caused by secondhand smoke. Passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, so the anti-smokers' studies, which are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, have been cynically DESIGNED to falsely blame passive smoking for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV.

LINK

The anti-smokers have committed the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on smoking and passive smoking, as well as ignoring other types of evidence that proves they are lying, such as the fact that the death rates from asthma have more than doubled since their movement began.

LINK

And it's a lie that passive smoking causes heart disease. AMI deaths in Pueblo actually ROSE the year after the smoking ban.

LINK

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