I chewed nicorette for like 10 years. They say quitting smoking is more difficult than getting off heroin. Good on you. Keep up the good work. You actually do reduce your risk for heart disease. [quote=“TheDoctorIsIn, post:39, topic:226455, full:true”]
Congratulations. I mean it.
It’s been 12 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since I quit smoking.
Great. Your life will improve in so many ways. Keep up the good work!
When I have time, maybe this weekend, I can link the research. They say that your risk decreases. But that is not accurate. It decreases by comparison if you continued to smoke. But it also depends on how many pack cigarettes on average that you have smoked per year. For example, my current risk is 2% for the next year. But my lifetime risk is 5%. My current risk is 70% lower than if I had continued to smoke. But it is not lower overall.
Yes this is what I’ve read and understand. I think those numbers if my memory serves me that after 7 yours your risk lowers 70 percent…but still 30 higher if you never smokes. Or something to that effect.
Oddly enough, to the consternation of my wife and friends, I listen to Rush while driving . . . just to know what the enemy was thinking. But he had a phrase . . . something to the effect of “my formerly nicotine stained fingers.” I am I the only one who really listens to Rush. And I’m practically a communist!
Yeah, and I’m talking about 70+ years old. People who didn’t get cancer and thought at 70 it be a good time to quit. Kind of like changing transmission fluid in a 200,000 mile vehicle for the first time.
Yes. This is true about screenings. I believe that it is related to 2 observations. (1) There are not many follow up studies after 15 years, and (2) insurance just doesn’t pay for screenings after 15 years. I had an extended discussion about this with my doctor, who also was my former student in the 8th grade.