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Quitting Smoking: A Good Resolution or a Foolhardy One?

Steve Scher
12/31/2007 at 9:00 a.m.

Is it your 2008 resolution to quit smoking? The plan: Right before the stroke of midnight, you'll take your last drag, snuff it out, and move on to your new, smoke-free life. It's a worthy goal, but is it realistic? Perhaps even the thought of quitting makes your chest tighten.You change the conversation to other subjects. You know you need to, but how? And why bother? Today we explore the treatment options available to smokers and talk over the science and addiction of smoking. We'll also council friends and family members of smokers. Is all your nagging really helping?

Jason Chien, a pulmonary specialist and director of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's new Lung Cancer Early Detection Clinic.
Abigail Halperin, M.D., M.P.H. director and attending physician for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Smoke Free Life Program, a service of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/SCCA Cancer Prevention Clinic and Lung Cancer Early Detection Clinic. Halperin is also associate medical director of the "Free & Clear" Quitline, which provides cessation services for the Washington State Department of Health, and director of the Tobacco Studies Program at the University of Washington.
Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H the chief medical officer and senior vice president of Clinical and Behavioral Sciences for "Free & Clear," a Seattle–based health care company dedicated to supporting health–related behavior change via telephone–based and Web–assisted treatment programs for tobacco cessation. McAfee also is affiliated with the Center for Health Studies at Group Health, as well as the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington

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