Beating the Smoking Habit Can Benefit More than the Lungs | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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TTUHSC Pulmonary Physician Says It’s Never Too Late to Stop 


Since it hosted the first national Great American Smokeout in 1977, the American Cancer Society has touted the third Thursday each November as a jumping-off point for smokers to commit to a healthier life without cigarettes or other tobacco products. It’s a day when people are encouraged to develop a smoking cessation plan and to learn about the myriad programs and products designed to support them as they strive to kick the habit. 

Smoking plays a significant role in scores of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, many types of cancer, some forms of eye diseases and certain immune system disorders. However, Ebtesam “Sam” Islam, M.D., Ph.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician for the Department of Internal Medicine for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine, said the effect smoking has on our body begins in the lungs. 



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Great American Smokeout - American Cancer Society

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