MSNBC.COM - It took asthma, COPD, emphysema and finally, lung cancer to get Toni Manes, a retired cosmetologist, to try to quit smoking.
Unfortunately, the 58-year-old was so hooked, she couldn't kick the habit even after part of her left lung was removed.
"I remember my surgeon told me 'If you ever smoke again, your husband
should break your fingers,'" says the Philadelphia resident, who was
diagnosed and had surgery in 2010. "And I was like, 'Okay, I'm not going
to smoke again.' But then I came home from surgery, recuperated for a
few weeks and started up again. I couldn't help myself."
to a new study in the American Cancer Society journal CANCER, Manes is
just one of many patients who've found themselves smoking after
Researchers looked at 2,456 lung cancer patients and 3,063 colorectal
patients and discovered that at time of diagnosis, 38 percent of the
lung cancer patients and 15 percent of the colorectal patients were
Five months later, despite a cancer diagnosis, 14 percent of the lung
cancer patients were still lighting up (ditto for 9 percent of the
'Why stop now?' "People think it's a no-brainer
and are surprised that cancer patients continue to smoke after they're
diagnosed," says Elyse R. Park, a clinical health psychologist and
associate professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General
Hospital/Harvard Medical School and lead researcher for the study. "But
people still struggle to quit even after they're diagnosed. There are a
lot of barriers to quitting, including a lot of stigma."
many of the people who can't quit are "hard-core" smokers, i.e., they
smoke a high number of cigarettes a day. Many, also, are surrounded by
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