While most people are aware of the cancer risk from smoking, health experts indicate few realize the damage it causes throughout the body's vascular system.
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Russell Smith: My family would wanted to go hiking or go to the mall and walk around and I wasn't able to participate. There were a lot of days that I sat here at home alone not with my family wishing that I was. That survival instinct kicks in and you finally wake up and you realize that if you don't quit smoking you quite possibly could face death and this isn't just a warning on the side of pack of the cigarettes, but this is real. If you are going to die, you get a wake up call. Something kicks in you get in touch with life and what life means and how much you really like to enjoy living it. If I hadn't intervene and taken the suggestions of my doctor and got myself on the treadmill and started exercising and stop smoking I'm not sure I'll be sitting here talking to you today. Dr. Ted Chambers: It amazises me that on the cigarettes packs, you will see warnings about emphysema, birth defects and lung cancer, but I have never seen any warning about Peripheral Vascular Disease and everyone who works in Peripheral Vascular Disease like me knows that there is a strong association between smoking and Peripheral Vascular Disease.

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