Man 1: I've done all kinds of things to try and quit smoking, the patch.
Man 2: Yes.
Man 1: I've tried hypnosis. I've tried doing it on my own, cold turkey. I think more education, more understanding, is a better way of finalizing your quitting.
Man 1: The CT scan, does it hurt at all?
Man 2: No, the scan is very quick. It takes about three seconds, five seconds.
Man 1: Is it covered under my insurance?
Man 2: Insurance right now does not cover it, but over the next several years I think there's going to be a very significant movement to try to get this kind of life saving tool supported through insurance.
Man 1: Now if I get a negative scan, could I keep smoking?
Man 2: A negative scan does not mean that there's not problems with your heart related to smoking. It doesn't mean that there's not problems with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema or bladder cancer. We think the decision to stop smoking is the single most important health decision that you can make to allow you to live a longer, fuller life, but it's your call.
Man 1: Now what happens if my scan is positive?
Man 2: So that's unusual but that's what we're looking for. Now the nice thing about this approach is because of the really exquisite sensitivity of the spiral CT, we find very small cancers which can be managed with a small operation. If you use this dynamic about thinking about lung cancer screening and it allows you to stop smoking, that's also an enormous benefit.
Man 1: It's huge.
Man 2: I think it's really important that you've been thinking about stopping smoking. One of the tools that we use is the web resource of legacy, becomeanex.org is a wonderful resource. By going to the web, you have a tool to go back when you're having questions, when you need to be backed up and stuff like that. There's a variety of resources that they can direct you to to help you, because the goal is to keep at it. Typically the person that remains committed will be successful. There are 45 million people that fortunately have been able to quit smoking so that we know . . . we'd have a greater confidence that it can be done.
Man 1: That's right.