SAN ANTONIO -- Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. For many quitting too late, it can lead to death.

Jose Delgado is Vietnam veteran and a long time smoker.

"I've been a smoker for 50 years. A pack and a half a day," Delgado said.

In November of 2014 doctors told him he had lung cancer.

"Found a spot in my right middle lobe," Delgado said.

Some of the symptoms of lung cancer include wheezing and shortness of breath, chest pain, a persistent cough, sometimes with blood, and feeling tired all the time.

Two months after being diagnosed part of Delgado's lung along with the cancer was removed.

"I didn't have to have any chemotherapy they took it all out," Delgado said.

But even after his surgery, his smoking continued for another year and a half.

"I just quit recently. Three and a half weeks ago. After 50 years it's hard," he said.

Why did he wait? He just wasn't ready.

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. I am the horse and I'm drinking it now," Delgado said.

To this date, he's cancer free and doing whatever it takes to stay away from lighting up.

"I'm vaping and they kind of shy away from that but whatever it takes," Delgado said.

He said if you don't want to make a change for yourself, do it for the ones you love.

"If you wake up in the morning and don't feel right, look at your family. You want to be there for you family," Delgado said.

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