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January 23, 2014

Study: tobacco control saved 8 million lives

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Previous research has also shown that people in the process of quitting can use devices as smoking cessation tools like e-cigarettes. However, Banna said it is good and bad to use those devices.

“Although the e-cigarette does remove the toxins found in cigarettes it can still introduce more people to nicotine, which is the addicting chemical found in tobacco,” he said.

The key for any smoker is to have the will to quit smoking, Banna said.

“An individual has to make the decision to stop and be willing, the behavior and mind is what needs to be modified,” he said.

In Texas, more than 24,000 Texans die from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year. The Texas Department of State Health Services also offers services for those willing to quit. 

After that individual has made that decision he or she can look for further assistance, such as the Texas Quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT or visiting www.yesquit.com. This Quitline provides services in English and Spanish in which callers can receive free confidential services and tools to help them quit smoking.

Banna said smokers can look for help but it starts with their own decision to want to quit, and if they’re not serious about it, the outside resources won’t be of any use.

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