The newest episode of Health Matters with Doylestown Hospital offers an
eye-opening look at the dangers of smoking and tobacco use. The CBTV show
includes a list of free resources for stopping smoking.
Ever seen the lung of a smoker up close?
It's not pretty.
The latest episode of "Health Matters with Doylestown Hospital" on
CBTV, Chris Anderson, Director
of Respiratory Therapy, offers up the lobe of a smoker diagnosed with
emphysema and a cancerous tumor. The lung is black.
That's the tar, which never leaves the lung, says James McClurken, MD, Doylestown Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon, adding
"the lungs of non-smokers are baby pink."
The blackened lung is a visual reminder of the dangers of smoking, which
is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Cigarette smoking is
the number one risk factor for lung cancer. In the United States, cigarette
smoking is linked to about 85% of lung cancers.
Dr. McClurken notes that lung cancer that is caught early can be
treatable. Doylestown Hospital offers low-dose CT screening for appropriate patients who meet criteria and
are at high risk for lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Statistics
In Pennsylvania, 21.4% of adults (2.1
million) smoke; the national rate is 18.1%. Nearly 19% of high school
students (about 125,000) smoke in Pennsylvania; the national rate is 15.7%.
On the national level, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than
480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including about 41,000 deaths
resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. On average, smokers die 10 years
earlier than nonsmokers.
In this episode of Health Matters on CBTV, Dr. McClurken explains how
smoking accelerates the aging process in people both inside and out,
including developing wrinkles in the skin at a younger age.
Another number to consider is your potential salary. Health Matters
moderator Sheri Putnam raises the point that an increasing number of
companies and organizations are not hiring users of tobacco. Doylestown
Hospital announced its decision not to hire tobacco users in July. The
Doylestown Hospital campus, as well as all other Bucks County hospitals,
have been tobacco free for several years.
Watch Video: "Health Matters" Takes on Tobacco and
E-cigarettes and Vaping
There is a new form of tobacco usage that
is gaining popularity, especially among young people; the use of electronic
cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or "vaping." "Vape," the 2014 Word of the Year
according to the Oxford Dictionary, is defined as to " inhale and
exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device".
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced
that e-cigarette use has tripled among teenagers in just two years. The
recent report also indicates that among all high school students, 4.5
percent reported using e-cigarettes within the last 30 days and 1.1 percent
of middle school students reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30
As usage among teens and middle school students is growing, vapor shops
or parlors are also popping up all over the country, including locally.
Chris Anderson and Dr. McClurken both agree that while there needs to be
more research on the effects of vaping, the use of tobacco is addictive and
is not good for overall health.
It's Never Too Late to Quit
Dr. McClurken reminds Health Matters viewers that quitting smoking and
other tobacco use is always a good idea. Stopping smoking reduces the risk
of lung and other forms of cancer, the risk of cardiovascular disease and
stroke, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- one of
the leading causes of death in the United States.
At the end of Health Matters, viewers can see a list of free smoking
cessation resources both locally, statewide and national.
Health Matters with Doylestown Hospital airs regularly on CBTV. View the
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