Being a smoker for as long as I was, it's safe to say I've smoked to a decent number of smokers. Pretty much all the smokers I've met through the years want to quit, but are either intimidated by going through the quitting process, or worse, resigned to whatever health problems they may face from smoking.
23-year-old James Lauria is still recovery after his e-cigarette exploded in his mouth. The accident left Lauria a fractured neck and finger, burned corneas, first-degree burns and a dime-sized hole in his mouth.
When you smoke more than a pack of cigarettes a day it has to be hard to quit. Even harder when you're eight years old and your teacher tells you to. Meet Adi Ilham, a kid from Indonesia who likes his smokes so much that he dropped out of school when his teachers told him he's not allowed to smoke there. He will grow up to immigrate to America and work the afternoon drive on KLAQ.
While surveys consistently show that more than 3 out of 4 smokers would like to quit, only about 10 percent of those who try each year are successful.
Fortunately, new studies show one way to raise those numbers is to treat smoking as a chronic disease — like high blood pressure — for which long-term treatment is offered.
Remember those shocking images that the FDA wanted tobacco companies to print on packages to deter smoking? A man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat? A dead smoker on an autoposy table?