Jun 14, 2019


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: If you decide to quit smoking, does that mean that you'll live longer? Pulmonary specialist Dr. Nate Hatton, what do you tell patients who smoke?

Dr. Hatton: If you quit smoking at any given time, there's very good data that you will live longer. So if anything sort of inspires you to quit smoking, whether you're 40, 50, 60, or 70, there is a great amount of data that says you will live more days and more years from that point forward. The sooner you quit, the less lung disease you will have, which means your quality of life will always be better. The more you smoke, the more you're sort of perpetuating. There's lung damage, and ultimately, you'll need oxygen and become disabled. And so quitting smoking earlier before you have any of those symptoms, or lung damage, will obviously enhance your quality of life.

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