The Times West Virginian

January 23, 2013

Just keep trying

Quitting smoking beneficial but difficult challenge

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Quitting smoking can be one of the most beneficial things people can do for their health.

Tricia Julian, oncology coordinator at Fairmont General Hospital, said when people quit smoking they decrease their chances of getting cancer.

“Smoking affects a lot of different types of body systems,” Julian said. “Quitting early can reverse some of the damage — not a lot, but some.”

Julian also runs the “Fresh Start” smoking cessation program at FGH.

Julian said the longer somebody smokes, the harder it is to quit, but it is never too late to quit smoking. She also said if someone were to quit at a younger age, within 10-15 years, he can have the lungs and body of somebody who hasn’t smoked.

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