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Wendie says she sometimes smokes in her car and not alone. Her 5-year-old daughter Bailie is sitting in the back seat. Even though Wendie says she doesn't want anything bad to happen to Bailie, she can't put the pack down. "She's had pneumonia and she has allergies," she says. "But it's not enough, because the addiction is so powerful."

Bailie agrees with her mom—it's time for Wendie to stop. "I've been telling my mom all about quitting the smoking because my mom usually smokes every single day," she says. "It's bad for her lungs, and it will make you die really bad. You should listen to the people that tell you to stop."

Dr. Oz says if Wendie needs more motivation than her own health to quit, she can refer to this startling fact—for every four cigarettes she smokes, the secondhand smoke is as if Bailie is smoking one. "She's already smoking," he says.

"I can give you all of the numbers—there are 250 toxic chemicals in cigarettes, and 50 can cause cancer. But you know all that stuff. That's why we don't want to spend a lot of time on this show telling you all the bad things that can happen," Dr. Oz says. "We want to dive into the root reasons of why we don't change."
FROM: Dr. Oz: The Latest Secrets to Quit Smoking
Published on March 14, 2008


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