Medical wake-up call prods smokers to give up habit

02/11/2009 |

Researchers found smokers who had a heart attack, stroke, lung disease or cancer diagnosis were three times more likely to quit smoking than those who didn't have a medical wake-up call. The study also showed, however, the same didn't hold true for obese and overweight people, who tended to lose only a few founds after being diagnosed with a serious illness. The study author said providers may not be capitalizing on the opportunity to help people change behaviors.

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