Your Doctor is Ready to Help You Kick the Habit
Posted on: 1/31/2014

Submitted to Multiple OutletsĀ 

Dear Editor:

Condolences are extended to the family of Eric Lawson, an actor and writer who also happened to be a longtime smoker. Mr. Lawson portrayed the Marlboro Man in print ads in the late 1970's, and his passing last month became a news item because it was due to the effects of his long-term cigarette use.

The reason I'm writing is because I suspect Mr. Lawson's wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember him as much more than a smoker.

As a physician, I understand that many people who smoke dread visiting the doctor's office because of the inevitable lecture about how they need to quit. But your doctor doesn't see you as "just another smoker." The reason physicians keep singing that same tune is not because we don't know how hard it is to quit, or because it's just another item on a checklist; it's because your physician knows your history, knows your family, and doesn't want to see your life cut short by preventable illness.

We can't keep quiet. Especially with the recent U.S. Surgeon General's report, which found that smoking's physical and financial damage is worse than had been previously estimated.

If you or someone you love is ready to kick the habit, call your doctor and tell them that you don't want to go it alone. You might find that the person you had always avoided will become your strongest ally.


Eldon A Trame, MD
President, Illinois State Medical Society

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