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Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Good-looking Corpse

Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Good-looking Corpse EDITORIAL IGARETTE SMOKING REMAINS A PERSIS- berg and colleagues provides powerful new informa- tent and difficult public health prob- tion to counter this belief. It is not just that the heavy lem. Approximately 1 in 5 adults con- smoker loses 10 years of life expectancy but rather that tinues to smoke, and annual long-term at any given age, the functional capacities of the heavy C successful abstinence rates run around smoker are equivalent to those of nonsmokers who are 2% to 3%. Most smokers are aware that smoking poses 10 years older. The clear message is that smoking makes risks to their health, and approximately 60% to 70% of you old before your time, and this reality may be far less smokers report having been counseled by their physi- attractive to younger smokers than the macho image of cians to quit smoking. The effect of physician advice alone dying young while still strong and active. Perhaps this on smoking cessation is real but modest, and the cur- reframing of the value of smoking cessation can in- rent state of the art for health care–based smoking ces- crease its saliency for the “live fast” group of smokers, sation assistance is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Good-looking Corpse

JAMA Internal Medicine , Volume 168 (18) – Oct 13, 2008

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
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2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/archinte.168.18.1946
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18852393
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Abstract

EDITORIAL IGARETTE SMOKING REMAINS A PERSIS- berg and colleagues provides powerful new informa- tent and difficult public health prob- tion to counter this belief. It is not just that the heavy lem. Approximately 1 in 5 adults con- smoker loses 10 years of life expectancy but rather that tinues to smoke, and annual long-term at any given age, the functional capacities of the heavy C successful abstinence rates run around smoker are equivalent to those of nonsmokers who are 2% to 3%. Most smokers are aware that smoking poses 10 years older. The clear message is that smoking makes risks to their health, and approximately 60% to 70% of you old before your time, and this reality may be far less smokers report having been counseled by their physi- attractive to younger smokers than the macho image of cians to quit smoking. The effect of physician advice alone dying young while still strong and active. Perhaps this on smoking cessation is real but modest, and the cur- reframing of the value of smoking cessation can in- rent state of the art for health care–based smoking ces- crease its saliency for the “live fast” group of smokers, sation assistance is

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 13, 2008

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