Posted by: audreybenenati | November 23, 2009

Great American Smokeout says keep trying to stop smoking

By Leslie K. Holmberg
St. Joseph’s Hospital

On Thursday, please join the brave people across the state in a death-defying act — quit smoking, even for just one day. Nov. 19 is the Great American Smoke-Out.

Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death. It kills in so many ways — preventable deaths due to diseases like lung cancer, heart disease, asthma and chronic lung disease, pancreatic cancer and accidental deaths from fires. The list goes on and on.

I am a registered nurse, and I have seen the pain and suffering firsthand during my entire professional life.

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