This Week’s "8 Ways to Prevent Cancer" Segment: Smoking and You

April 28, 2011

Last night, on KSDK’s weekly “8 Ways to Prevent Cancer” segment, Kay Quinn took the question from a viewer: “Can it ever be too late to quit smoking?”

Coming from a family of smokers, I realize it’s hard to quit. For many they say, “I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard.” But others may feel like they’ve been smoking 30 to 40 years and there’s probably been a lot of damage done, so why stop now?

That, according to our Ramaswamy Govindan, MD, is not the right attitude to have. Even after years of inhaling cigarette smoke, there are immediate benefits to quitting. From Kay’s piece:

Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. 12 hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.

A researcher who used to work here once said that smoking is the most dangerous thing that’s legal. At first I thought that seemed a little off the wall, but the more you think about it … well, he was right.

Anyway, Kay’s feature has more answers to how quitting smoking today can not only benefit you immediately, but for years to come. Watch here.

-Jason Merrill

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Category: Lung Diseases & Smoking, Siteman Cancer Center

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