LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – According to the Centers for Disease Control, most smokers want to quit.

Tonya Pauley, a cancer control specialist at UK Hospital, said it takes a smoker on average seven times to be successful at quitting smoking, and for that reason, smokers should not get frustrated when one method doesn’t work.

“We lose about 3,000 Kentuckians a year to lung cancer,” Pauley said.

Smoking cigarettes and Radon, a radioactive gas that is commonly found underneath homes, are the leading causes of lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

However, there is a possible third killer, vaping.

“Imagine heating something up and inhaling it into your lungs that is a sticky aerosol creates lots of issues for the lungs,” Pauley said. “I hear a lot of people think it’s mist; that’s actually aerosol. Aerosol like what your hair spray is or what your deodorant spray might be.”

Pauley adds that many smokers still think vaping is harmless.


“A lot of the chemicals they put in there the salts and different things they’ll use is to make that numbing effect,” Pauley said. “One Juul pod has enough nicotine for an entire pack of cigarettes.”

While there still is not enough long-term research to prove the long-term effects of vaping, Pauley said the effects of smoking surfacing depend on the person.

“There’s definitely premature aging,” Pauley said. “There’s strokes, there’s heart attacks, all of those things are related to smoking.”

Pauley reassures that quitting smoking is a process, and most importantly, smokers are recommended to find a plan that works for them.

“So, if you don’t like using your phone, then I’m not going to recommend an app. If you don’t like answering your phone, then the ‘Quit line’ may not be for you either,” Pauley said.

Her main advice is to find a method that is reputable and evidence-based.

Pauley said to start with the free program for Kentuckians called, ‘A Plan To Be Tobacco Free,’ where experts will customize a plan based on the smoker’s liking.

Pauley also advises homeowners to get their homes tested for Radon through UK’s program called, ‘Breathe.’