Posted 11/19/2015 by smconsta
This blog post is written by Sidhu Gangadharan, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology at BIDMC.
This Thursday, November 19th, marks the 40th annual Great American Smokeout, a nation-wide tradition that grew from a 1970 event just outside Boston, in Randolph, MA. The event inspires smokers to quit smoking, plan a day to quit, or celebrate another year of being smoke-free. And while there’s a lot to celebrate — the most recent data puts the total number of smokers at just over 15 percent, down from half of all Americans in the 1960s — smoking is still all too common, resulting in lung cancer, shortened life expectancy, pulmonary diseases, and many other preventable health concerns.