I just gave a terrific guy the worst news of his life today. After 30 years of 2 pack per day smoking he has large tumor in his lung. It’s cancer and although we will get him the best care the odds aren’t in his favor. I thought maybe it would be a good time to chime in here for Gary’s sake and for anyone else on here who smokes
A couple of interesting facts about quitting smoking. Success in quitting is like success i many things. Practice makes perfect. The average person who quits and quits for good has tried 8 times. Obviously some people succeed on their first effort and others take 20 attempts. So as they say.. if you don’t succeed try try again.
The most important determinant of success is desire. Patients who quit because the doctor or wife nags them will never succeed. Those who quit because they’ve decided its time have a much higher success rate.
A smoker who quits wil never have the same risk of lung cancer as non-smoker but within 10 years their risk becomes 30-50% of that of smokers.
Some stats from the National Cancer Institute:
People who quit smoking, regardless of their age, are less likely than those who continue to smoke to die from smoking-related illness:
Quitting at age 30: Studies have shown that smokers who quit at about age 30 reduce their chance of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases by more than 90 percent .
Quitting at age 50: People who quit at about age 50 reduce their risk of dying prematurely by 50 percent compared with those who continue to smoke).
Quitting at age 60: Even people who quit at about age 60 or older live longer than those who continue to smoke.
Good luck Gary and anyone else who’s trying to quit. If you slipped off the wagon don’t worry. Youre one step closer to success. Just try again when youre ready. And George, you’re never too old