A Smoking Intervention Leads to Lasting Results

A CT scan, regardless of the result, led smokers to quit

It’s now easier than ever to see what smoking does to the lungs. Exhibits like Body Worlds, which educate visitors about their anatomy, have traveled the globe, and in many places cigarette packs are adorned with images of blackened lungs. Yet for many smokers, seeing someone else’s lungs isn’t enough to make them quit. Researchers have found that the results are different when smokers see their own lungs.

In a recent study at the University of Liverpool, smokers underwent a CT scan and—regardless of what the scan showed—were more likely to quit than a control group after two weeks and two years. Researchers are now working to determine the best way to integrate this screening with other smoking cessation programs.

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