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    11-16-2022 Media Only News Briefing: Risk to quit with Dr. J. Taylor Hays, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center 

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Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S., accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lung cancer claims more lives each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Although the disease can occur in people who have never smoked, people who smoke or have smoked have the greatest risk of lung cancer, as well as other cancers. 

The American Cancer Society will host the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 17, when thousands of people across the country take charge of their health that day by quitting smoking.

Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, shares what treatments and tools work for people to quit smoking and the health risks if people continue to smoke. He also addressed vaping and provided some tips if you're looking to help someone quit.

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