Cancer Doesn't Stop Smokers
May 6, 2002 -- Many smokers who get cancer still can't give up tobacco, no matter how much their doctors beg them, new research shows.
Almost one-quarter of patients with nonterminal head and neck cancers continue the habit despite warnings, the study by the University of Michigan says.
Even people who've had bypass surgery because smoking helped clog up their arteries often start puffing away less than two days after being released from intensive care.
The research looked at 81 head- and neck-cancer patients, mostly white men. It revealed that 23 percent were still smoking and 35 percent had smoked in the past six months.