Listen to the Cancer.Net Podcast: Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis with Graham Warren, MD, PhD, adapted from this content.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, quitting tobacco use is one of the best goals a person can have to improve the chances of successful cancer treatment. Many believe that smoking caused their cancer and feel like they have brought this on themselves. Others believe that it is too late to quit, that the damage has already been done. People who use tobacco should not blame themselves for a cancer diagnosis or feel that nothing can be done to help them. Quitting can have immediate benefits.
Discover the physical and mental benefits of stopping tobacco use after being diagnosed with cancer.
Learn the most important facts to share with your doctor so you can develop an effective strategy for quitting.
Learn about the available treatments and resources for people who want to stop using tobacco, including medications and counseling.
Get practical advice on creating a plan to quit with a member of your health care team.
Find quitlines, websites, and mobile apps that can help you quit smoking or using other tobacco products.
Secondhand smoke, also known as tobacco smoke pollution or environmental tobacco smoke, is a smoker's exhaled smoke plus the smoke from that person's lit cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Learn more about the health risks of secondhand smoke and how to avoid it.
Many people underestimate the health risks of alternative tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and waterpipes, all of which contain harmful toxins.