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AMA Urges Smokers To Ask Their Doctor For Help Quitting

For immediate release:
Nov. 18, 2010

Statement attributable to:
Carl Sirio, MD
Board Member, American Medical Association

“Today marks the 35th annual Great American Smokeout and the AMA urges smokers to ask their physician for help to quit smoking.

“The serious health effects of smoking include an increased risk for cancer, heart disease and lung disease. There is hope for smokers though, as soon as 24 hours after their last cigarette smokers who quit begin to see health benefits. Just two weeks after quitting smoking, circulation improves and lung function increases.

“Smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S. The AMA is urging smokers to use today as the starting point toward a healthier life by quitting smoking. We are committed to helping smokers quit and have free online resources for physicians to help their patients quit smoking and live a longer, healthier life.”

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Media contact:
Lisa Lecas
American Medical Association
312-464-5980
Lisa.lecas@ama-assn.org

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