Great American Smokeout – An Important Challenge

November 20, 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Today marks the American Cancer Society’s 38th annual Great American Smokeout, a day in which we encourage smokers to go without smoking for one day and to start making a plan to quit smoking for good.

Quitting is a difficult but worthwhile challenge. This year alone, an estimated 224,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., and 159,000 Americans will die from the disease. Most, but not all, of these cases of lung cancer will be attributable to smoking. Read the following posts to learn more about smoking and lung health.

Public Smoking Bans Associated with Health Benefits in Children

Nearly half of the world’s children are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. Passive smoking is linked to premature births, birth defects, asthma, and lung infections.




Lung Cancer Screening Helps Current and Former Smokers

For current or former long-term smokers, lung cancer screening should be a priority. Research has shown that new screening guidelines for the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT)  should significantly reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by improving early detection.


Lung Cancer: Five Things You Need to Know

With November marking Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Pasi Janne, director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), answers some key questions about the disease.



Benefits of Going “Cold Turkey”

Brigham and Women’s Hospital thoracic (chest) radiologist Francine Jacobson, MD, MPH, specializes in lung cancer prevention and screening and serves as a lung health resource for both her patients and their physicians. In this post, Dr. Jacobson offers some advice for quitting smoking.


For more advice on how to quit smoking and why you should, read the American Cancer Society’s downloadable Guide to Quitting Smoking.

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