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Peter Jennings' death is reason to quit smoking
« on: August 16, 2009, 10:39:49 AM »
From Staff And Wire Reports

Peter Jennings' death of lung cancer has startled a number of Americans smokers. Some already have quit the habit. Others are thinking about it.

"It freaked me out," said Michele Ross, 39, of Chatsworth, Calif., when she realized the ABC News anchorman was just 67 when he died.

"Even if I stop, there's still a chance that I can get something later down the line. I don't want to die young; I don't want to have a terminal illness.

"It definitely opened my eyes. I very much am considering stopping, and I'm hoping I didn't do damage to myself."

An estimated 430,000 Americans die annually from tobacco-related illness, including more than 160,000 from lung cancer, statistics show.

Despite warnings that smoking can cause cancer, bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease or even impotence, an estimated 54 million Americans smoke. The American Cancer Society estimates 172,500 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. About 87 percent of lung cancer cases are smoking-related.

Doctors and smoking experts emphasized that, while it's best never to have started smoking, quitting does reduce the chances of getting lung cancer.

"You don't diminish your chances to zero, but they'll help their lungs, decrease their risk of cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. Unfortunately, we can't make that risk go away completely," said Dr. Robert Figlin, director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the University of California-Los Angeles' Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Abbe Long, supervisor for the counseling department at the California Smokers Helpline, said the two main components that help people quit smoking are internal motivation and planning — being prepared to quit.

But high-profile lung-cancer deaths such as Jennings' do have the ability to scare people of the habit.

"It's a real shock to see someone who's been in their living room every night for years die," Long said. "It makes people take stock and think, very much like if someone in your family passes away."

Among the thousands of condolence messages posted at ABC News' Web site are many from viewers vowing to quit.

"At 9:00 I smoked my last cigarette out of the pack I had, and of course knew I needed to run out and get more," wrote Jodi in Kansas City. "Shortly after that is when I saw the news about Mr. Jennings. I never went out and got more cigarettes and won't today either. If Mr. Jennings wanted to impact people and make a difference about smoking and people stopping, he did with me yesterday."

Mary in Dallas said Jennings' death was "a wakeup call for all smokers." Another writer said, "Since the day he passed I decided that it was time to stop smoking. It's hard I must admit, but today I've only had one cigarette."

And in response to a writer who planned to quit came this message: "If you stop, that will be another good thing Peter Jennings did."



Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continues for years.
• 20 minutes: Your heart rate drops.
• 12 hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
• 2 weeks to 3 months: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
• 1 to 9 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hairlike structures in the lungs) regain normal function, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce the risk of infection.
• 1 year: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
• 5 years: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting.
• 10 years: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas decreases.
• 15 years: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.

Source: U.S. surgeon general reports; American Cancer Society FOR HELP

• American Cancer Society:; 800-227-2345, ext. 3
• American Lung Association:; 800-548-8252
• The Foundation for a Smokefree America: KILLER CANCER

Lung cancer is the top cancer killer worldwide, but treatments are improving. Landmark studies in the last two years found that chemotherapy can improve survival, and a large study is under way to see whether screening smokers for the disease can prevent deaths.
• INCIDENCE: Estimated cases are 172,500 in the United States this year, more than 1.3 million worldwide each year.
• DEATHS: 163,510 are expected in the U.S. this year, and nearly 1.2 million worldwide.
• SURVIVAL: At five years, 49 percent when cancer is confined to the lung, 16 percent if it has spread within the chest, and 2 percent if it has spread to other organs.
• TREATMENT: Surgery is the first choice; chemotherapy and radiation also can be used. Chemotherapy is sometimes given before surgery to shrink tumors.
• SYMPTOMS: Persistent cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, recurring pneumonia.

Sources: Associated Press, American Cancer Society, World Health Organization

Peter Jennings' death is reason to quit smoking
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Re: Peter Jennings' death is reason to quit smoking
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009, 10:42:39 AM »
one week na akong di nagyoyosi NOT because of Peter Jennings... wala lang... parang nagsawa na ako! weird no? hehehe :D

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Re: Peter Jennings' death is reason to quit smoking
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009, 10:43:37 AM »
as far as i know kahit di nag smoke, pwede pa rin magkasakit dahil sa 2nd hand smoke ng ibang tao.

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Re: Peter Jennings' death is reason to quit smoking
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009, 10:44:27 AM »
Well, 67 years old si Peter jennings nung namatay. Usually yun naman talaga ang Age na pwede nang mamatay ang isang tao...meaning, other people specially smokers will just ignore and continue to enjoy smoking.

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