The Doctors Help a Lifelong Smoker
Jackie, 36, has been smoking about a pack a day since middle school. "I really feel that everyone has to die from something," she declares, "and at least I'm enjoying what I'm doing." But her 10-year-old daughter, Sydney, who's learned in school about the dangers of smoking, pleads: “I am so worried about my mom and I do not want anything to happen to her.”
So The Doctor's Travis Stork steps in to see if he can show Jackie the extent of the damage she's doing to her body by comparing healthy organs to those that have been damaged by years of smoking.
Watch the video above and check out the gallery to the right to see what a healthy heart and lungs look like compared to those ravaged by years of smoking.
Jackie is shocked at the site of the diseased organs, but after almost 30 years of smoking, thinks it's too late in her case. Dr. Travis tells her she's wrong: "If you stop smoking now, within three days your lung cells will start to regenerate, so you can start moving back to a healthier lung." He adds that if a smoker quits by the age of 35, they can reduce their risk to that of a normal person when it comes to dying of diseases such as lung cancer.
Has Dr. Stork gotten through to this smoking mom? "I really want to try to quit," Jackie admits, "but I know it's a huge struggle for me."
"We'll do it together," Dr. Stork promises.
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