How Hard Is It To Quit Smoking? 11/19/13
November 19th, 2013
The MCH class will have a side by side comparison officials hope will convince smokers to stop.
One pig lung exposed to constant smoke struggles to inflate next to another perfectly healthy lung that expands and contracts with ease.
"In the smoker's lung, the airways are completely inflamed making it difficult to actually pull a breath," said Renato Gaindo, a Pulmonary Patient Educator for Medical Center Hosptial.
Most smokers know these facts, yet itís hard to stop filling their lungs with nicotine.
"That was what I used to make myself happy. That was what I used to get away from life," said Stephanie Jewett, a former smoker.
Itís a psychological battle that she still faces.
"Once you're a smoker you're always a smoker. It's an everyday challenge. It's something that I fight every day," she said.
Lung damage from smoking is irreversible, many times landing smokers in the hospital with complications. Especially in Ector County, where there is a higher than normal smoking rate.
"Doctors are actually seeing more patients coming in," Gaindo said.
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