• If you are a smoker- STOP SMOKING. Quitting Smoking is the single most important thing a smoker can do to enhance the length and quality of his or her life.
  • If you don’t smoke, don’t start.  Smoking causes lung cancer, and many other illnesses.  And consider this: When smoking is combined with another risk factor, such as radon exposure, the risk of cancer is even higher.
  • Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  •  Make your home smoke-free.  You’ll not only protect yourself, but your family too.
  • Test your home for radon. You can do this with easy to use kits sold at hardware stores.

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4 responses »

  1. Hi- Do you have any links to resources for quitting smoking? I am trying to encourage my mom to kick the habit once and for all. Any advice? – Katheryn

  2. Julia says:

    Your advice regarding the importance of eliminating your exposure to secondhand smoke is spot on! My father died from lung cancer three years ago and my mother has beginning stage COPD. Both smoked for over 25 years. My father tried to stop smoking many times over the years but always started up again. I wonder if we had approached our encouragement (nagging) from the point of what his secondhand smoke was doing to US, his children, whom he adored more than anything, if that would have been the impetus he needed. Are you aware of any good information with statistics showing the specific affects that secondhand smoke has on the children of smokers? It’s one thing to not worry about the end result of smoking on your own health as an adult, but perhaps if the focus is placed on the children, it would be more of an incentive to stop. Thank you for your site and efforts to educate regarding smoking and lung cancer.
    Julia

    • elilop7 says:

      In general second hand smoke is very harmful to children. The National Survey on Environmental Management of Asthma and Children’s Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke found that:

      Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited symptoms.Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome .Infants and children younger than 6 who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of lower respiratory track infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Children who regularly breathe secondhand smoke are at increased risk for middle ear infections. Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited symptoms. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2004)
      It is also important to note that ETS is a human lung carcinogen, responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths annually in U.S. nonsmokers. ETS has been classified as a Group A carcinogen under EPA’s carcinogen assessment guidelines. This classification is reserved for those compounds or mixtures which have been shown to cause cancer in humans, based on studies in human populations. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1992)

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