Video Q&A about Smoking Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening

Fri, Nov 17
2:30pm to 3:00pm CT

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If you’re making your plan to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout in November, join Drs. J. Taylor Hays and David Midthun as they talk live about lung cancer screening, tobacco dependence treatments and a new study for those who want to quit smoking.

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Drs. J. Taylor Hays and David Midthun will answer questions live. Post your question below before or during the broadcast.

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@santi

I am a 45 year old male who smokes cigarettes to the point of being tobacco dependent. My attitude is not to quit smoking so I am letting the chips fall where they may. What statistical data is available on how long I have to live while smoking?

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Hi Desirea:Welcome to connect. Think about reading or at least looking at Dr Amit Soods book Happiness, his TED X Talk, and his meditation…all about the brain and body connection!combined with your breath and relaxation Amazing, insightful, healing in many ways. I know this because I am a 10 year lung cancer survivor…i have accomplished things I never dreamed possible with most of my left lung gone due to lung cancer & I neVer smoked;-)Keep up your great work. COPD and kung cancer are horrible!linda 

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@santi

I am a 45 year old male who smokes cigarettes to the point of being tobacco dependent. My attitude is not to quit smoking so I am letting the chips fall where they may. What statistical data is available on how long I have to live while smoking?

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Thanks so much Linda for the book referral and welcome. I would also like to learn to meditate again. It’s been years since I did. I am very sorry to hear about your lung cancer and relying on one lung and not even a smoker. What a shame! Thanks again for writing. Lorraine

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@santi

I am a 45 year old male who smokes cigarettes to the point of being tobacco dependent. My attitude is not to quit smoking so I am letting the chips fall where they may. What statistical data is available on how long I have to live while smoking?

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I went on Amazon and found the book!! He has some other good books on Depression also that I might pick up *smiles* Thank You.

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@santi

I am a 45 year old male who smokes cigarettes to the point of being tobacco dependent. My attitude is not to quit smoking so I am letting the chips fall where they may. What statistical data is available on how long I have to live while smoking?

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Hi Lorraine,
Here is a link to Dr. Amit Sood’s website that lists all the items that Linda refers to http://stressfree.org/. You’ll find several online resources there.

I’d also like to invite you to meet other members living with CPOD and talking in the Lung Health group: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-conditions/

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@santi

I am a 45 year old male who smokes cigarettes to the point of being tobacco dependent. My attitude is not to quit smoking so I am letting the chips fall where they may. What statistical data is available on how long I have to live while smoking?

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Thank You @colleenyoung, for Amit Sood’s website. I already have joined lung health and read some post’s. It gives me courage to keep going. After a year of trying to stop smoking, I felt weak and was thinking of taking a break from it. I also read a few topics in the group Lung Cancer.. left me speechless. Both of my parent’s died of cancer, so I try to do the right thing. What the right thing is, is anyone’s guess. I will venture to the website now and surf the books the Dr. has written.

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I know you will laugh at this but you are making two big mistakes….. 1. Don’t quit smoking, become a clean air breather. It is a mental image… ie: “don’t think of elephants… and you will do nothing but think of elephants. Get smoking out of your mind. 2. You have to DECIDE to quit smoking (breath clean air)…. NOT try, will make an effort, it isn’t a matter if you can it is now down to YOU MUST. I gave them up 6 years ago, before I was diagnosed with COPD by laser treatments…. but I made up my mind before.

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Thank You @waterboy for your wisdom. That helps and more positive. Yes, I have to decide to quit and not pansy around. No more room for playing games! Sorry to hear you have COPD as well! Take care.

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Hi everyone. I’ve been reading your posts and my heart goes out to all of you. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Pam and I work in the Nicotine Dependence Center here at Mayo Clinic Rochester. I work specifically with the 8-day Residential Treatment Program. This program is designed for those who have struggled with quitting on their own, may feel they’ve tried everything, and are looking for a safe place to get away and truly focus on becoming tobacco free without the distractions of work, family, and other commitments. It’s so important to take care of yourself. We all get wrapped up in wanting to take care of others but we need to remember to take care of ourselves first and then we’re better equipped to take care of others. Most people don’t realize there are places to come for treatment for tobacco dependence, and unfortunately there are only two in the country – the Mayo program and another in St. Helena, CA. You can find information on the Mayo Clinic program at http://www.mayoclinic.org/ndctreatment. Or if you want to talk to someone I’m happy to chat with you and answer any questions (507) 266-9392.

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@pamkrenik

Hi everyone. I’ve been reading your posts and my heart goes out to all of you. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Pam and I work in the Nicotine Dependence Center here at Mayo Clinic Rochester. I work specifically with the 8-day Residential Treatment Program. This program is designed for those who have struggled with quitting on their own, may feel they’ve tried everything, and are looking for a safe place to get away and truly focus on becoming tobacco free without the distractions of work, family, and other commitments. It’s so important to take care of yourself. We all get wrapped up in wanting to take care of others but we need to remember to take care of ourselves first and then we’re better equipped to take care of others. Most people don’t realize there are places to come for treatment for tobacco dependence, and unfortunately there are only two in the country – the Mayo program and another in St. Helena, CA. You can find information on the Mayo Clinic program at http://www.mayoclinic.org/ndctreatment. Or if you want to talk to someone I’m happy to chat with you and answer any questions (507) 266-9392.

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I am a lung cancer survivor and mentor with Connect.
I never smoked and I had lung cancer.

Through the healing process I met several people at the Mayo Nicotine Dependence Center. Everyone I have had the pleasure of meeting is wonderful, caring, respectful and most professional !

The Nicotine Dependence Center building location is on the Mayo Campus and has a unique history and is somewhat private.

The information and research is remarkable for everyone! It’s truly a unique education.

So if you are nicotine dependent or not stop by the 18th floor and take a look and learn
and get a quick lesson about Nicotine and the Big Tobacco Lawsuite that Mayo Clinic helped win! And see the big fish tank …Everyone I refer has thanked me.

So think about putting that on your New Years resolution list!

linda

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Im also a lung cancer surviver,smoked for over 35 years. Been smoke free 8 years now.,hadto go cold turkey,every other way didntwork.Tne trouble is i had copd when i quit and im now on oxyjen 24 /7 plus need wheelchair, endstage copd.Dont think people realize how bad copd is.

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I think you’re right. No one can know what it’s like until they’re experiencing it. I’m glad you have this community for support.

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@robertjr

Im also a lung cancer surviver,smoked for over 35 years. Been smoke free 8 years now.,hadto go cold turkey,every other way didntwork.Tne trouble is i had copd when i quit and im now on oxyjen 24 /7 plus need wheelchair, endstage copd.Dont think people realize how bad copd is.

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We need more people like to to speak out! I commend you.

We need more lung awareness and education about our lungs!

We all know smoking is bad.

But what do people know about their amazing lungs?

Thank you for sharing.
You are brave!
Take care,
linda

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