9 doctors weighed in:
How can someone have lung cancer and not stop smoking?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Addiction
Use of tobacco is addictive.
As with many other addictions, people have difficulty "kicking" the habit even in the face of risk of death.

In brief: Addiction
Use of tobacco is addictive.
As with many other addictions, people have difficulty "kicking" the habit even in the face of risk of death.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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1 comment
Dr. Ed Kaplan
I've also found that often patients become fatalistic when they're diagnosed. 'I already have cancer; what's the diffence?!"
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Initially smoking is
A choice, but after a short time, many become hopelessly addicted to nicotine.
The tobacco companies even today will not admit that their product is addicted. So despite expressing a desire to quit, many are simply unable. Others really do not want to quit. Many deny the connection, and blame it on exposures to the incinerator next door or solvents at work. False, but denial is a protective means.

In brief: Initially smoking is
A choice, but after a short time, many become hopelessly addicted to nicotine.
The tobacco companies even today will not admit that their product is addicted. So despite expressing a desire to quit, many are simply unable. Others really do not want to quit. Many deny the connection, and blame it on exposures to the incinerator next door or solvents at work. False, but denial is a protective means.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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1 comment
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Nicotine is more addictive than heroine, and easier to get.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Addiction
Addiction does not respect medical consequences.
Some addicts hit bottom after a serious consequence; for others the consequence is just one more reason to remain hopelessl.

In brief: Addiction
Addiction does not respect medical consequences.
Some addicts hit bottom after a serious consequence; for others the consequence is just one more reason to remain hopelessl.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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