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Speak out against smoking - it helps

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams gave the keynote speech Thursday to members of The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Among other things, the surgeon general argues that the medical community needs to do more at helping people quit smoking (“U.S. Surgeon General talks tobacco and cigarette smoking in Baltimore,” Feb. 22). We all need to do a better job. Just walking by a person smoking a cigarette, especially with children in the area, and not commenting (in a kind way) to them about their smoking is irresponsible.

The best decision I ever made was to quit smoking. Being reminded from family and friends and coworkers of the dangers of smoking to myself and others helped enormously. At the time, I highly resented their interference. Now, I thank them immensely with great gratitude for taking the time.

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Nicholas Delambo, Baltimore

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