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Telling Smokers The Age Of Their Lungs Helps Them Quit

Telling Smokers The Age Of Their Lungs Helps Them Quit

A scientific medical study shows that by telling smokers what their lungs look like and the age of them helps to quit smoking cigarettes

A British study recently found that smokers are more likely to quit if they are aware of the “age” of their lungs.

The concept of lung age, simply measured by comparing a smoker’s lungs to the lungs of non smoker the same age, can help patients better understand the effects of smoking and in some cases, give them the extra bit of will power needed to quit.

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Gary Parkes, a family physician in Hertfordshire outside London, who led the study published in the British Medical Journal said,

“Telling smokers their lung age significantly improves the likelihood of them quitting smoking,”

The study was carried out in five medical practices outside of London and involved 561 long-term smokers older than 35. Each patient was asked to take a simple test to record the volume and rate at which air was exhaled from their lungs.

One group received no information regarding their test results while the other people were given their lung age, shown a diagram of how smoking ages the lung and told that quitting would slow the rate of damage.

All the patients who took part were strongly encouraged to quit and offered professional help to do so.

After one year saliva tests showed that 13 percent of the people who had been told there lung age had quit, compared to just 6 percent in the group who had been given no feedback at all.

“Anybody who had good, understandable information seemed more inclined to give up,” Parkes said. “The reason may be people had dreaded the worst and realized it was still worthwhile giving up.”

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Smoking kills about four million people each year, according to the World Health Organization. Tobacco is highly addictive and the leading preventable cause of both cancer and heart disease.The study counters previous research which claims quitting smoking to be no easier if informed of such health information. It also highlights the benefits of early screening because 16 percent of the people in the study had undiagnosed emphysema, Parkes said. Giving people this kind of information presents a cheap and easy way to get people to stop smoking and reduce smoking-related health problems.

“The cost, if you like, is certainly within the economic framework of a good deal,” Parkes said.

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