Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
From taking care of patients with pulmonary conditions, I quickly learned
that their stopping smoking too often signaled some particularly worrisome
new symptom—perhaps worsening shortness of breath or hemoptysis. A subsequent
work up sometimes found deterioration of lung function or a lung cancer. Of
course, these patients had been repeatedly counseled about smoking cessation
and informed of their risks and the benefits of cessation, but they had not
quit until sufficiently alarmed by a health event.
Samet JM. Smoking. JAMA. 2004;291(5):627-628. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.627