A Breath of Fresh Air: New Year's Resolution to Quit Vaping, Smoking

As we stand at the threshold of a new year, many of us are contemplating resolutions that promise a healthier and happier version of ourselves. While gym memberships and diet plans often top the list, there's one resolution that should take precedence for the sake of your longevity: kicking the habit of vaping or smoking. This decision not only benefits your overall health and well-being but also places a crucial emphasis on the health of your lungs.

As we stand at the threshold of a new year, many of us are contemplating resolutions that promise a healthier and happier version of ourselves. While gym memberships and diet plans often top the list, there's one resolution that should take precedence for the sake of your longevity: kicking the habit of vaping or smoking. This decision not only benefits your overall health and well-being but also places a crucial emphasis on the health of your lungs.

The American Lung Association (ALA) reports that smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. To that, smoking-related diseases claim more than 480,000 lives in the U.S. each year. This alarming statistic underscores the urgent need for individuals who currently smoke to prioritize lung health and consider quitting vaping or smoking as their New Year's resolution.

Smoking has been linked to numerous respiratory issues, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and lung cancer. According to the ALA, cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer. Vaping, often considered a safer alternative, still exposes the lungs to harmful substances, such as nicotine, formaldehyde, and acrolein.

As you embark on this journey to prioritize your lung health in the coming year, it's essential to be armed with facts. The ALA provides valuable data on the impact of smoking and vaping on lung health, reinforcing the gravity of the situation. They also provide incredible resources for those that want to quit smoking. By making the resolution to quit, you are taking a significant step towards preserving your lungs and reducing the risk of developing life-threatening conditions.

The importance of lung health cannot be overstated, and Desert Radiology, the premier radiology practice in Las Vegas and Henderson, is here to support your commitment to quitting smoking or vaping. We believe in empowering individuals to make informed choices about their well-being, and we understand that the journey to quit can be challenging. However, the benefits extend far beyond just the immediate impact on your lungs.

Whether you’re a current smoker, recently quick or haven’t smoked in years, one crucial aspect of safeguarding your lung health is early detection. Desert Radiology offers CT Lung Cancer Screening (LDCT), a painless scan that takes less than 30 seconds. This screening can detect small lesions or nodules early on, allowing for the monitoring or treatment of cancer in the initial stages. In fact, 70% of lung cancers detected by CT lung cancer screening are early stage cancers.

Early detection is the key to defeating lung cancer, a fact emphasized by the ALA. With 22% of all cancer deaths caused by lung cancer, catching the disease early significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and survival.

Are you eligible for a CT Lung Cancer Screening?

If you have no current signs or symptoms of lung cancer, a smoking history of at least 20 pack-years, or are a current or former smoker who quit within the last 15 years, you may be eligible. This screening is covered by Medicare and most major insurances.

As you embark on your journey to quit vaping or smoking, consider the bigger picture—your lung health. Desert Radiology is here to support you every step of the way. Take the next step towards a healthier you by talking to your healthcare provider about scheduling a CT Lung Cancer Screening at Desert Radiology. Early detection saves lives, and DR is committed to helping you prioritize your lung health in the new year.

For more information or to schedule your screening, reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 702-759-8600.

Let's make 2023 the year of healthy lungs and a breath of fresh air for a brighter, healthier future.

 

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