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Chapter 9: Helping Smokers Quit
We cannot simply stand by and count the dead.
A 1997 report confirmed what many people already dreaded: Longtime smokers may experience a biological change that permanently increases their risk for lung cancer. Even those who quit smoking cigarettes and do not smoke for many years are still at risk (American Council on Science and Health [ACSH], 1997). Findings indicate that smoking can cause a series of genetic changes in the lungs that accumulate over time and ultimately lead to lung cancer (Wiencke et al., 1999).
If disease may be inevitable anyway, why quit?
And if a smoker is still young, why quit now? Why not go ahead and enjoy tobacco ...