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Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer.Net video icon Listen to the Cancer.Net Podcast or read the ASCO Expert Corner with Graham Warren, MD, PhD, about Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and continue to smoke or use other tobacco products, you may believe it is too late to quit or there is no benefit to quitting. Some people feel deep down they don’t deserve extra help or care because smoking might have caused their cancer.

However, it is never too late to stop using tobacco.

Although it can be difficult, many people are successful, and a variety of treatment options and resources exist to help you reach your goal. It is always possible to quit, and the entire health care team may be involved in helping you, such as the doctors, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, or other health care professionals. This booklet can help you learn more about the benefits of stopping tobacco use after a cancer diagnosis and will give you a list of programs and other resources that can help you reach this goal.

Download the information provided in this section as a printable PDF  (16 pages) or order printed copies through the ASCO University Bookstore

Benefits of Quitting

Discover the physical and psychological benefits of stopping tobacco use after being diagnosed with cancer.

Your Plan to Quit

Get practical advice on creating a plan to quit with a member of your health care team.

Resources to Help You Quit

Find a list of quitlines, websites, and mobile apps that can help you quit smoking and using other tobacco products.

Expert Q&A: Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis

Many people believe it is already too late to quit using tobacco after they have been diagnosed with cancer and think there would be no benefit to quitting at this point. However, it is never too late to stop using tobacco. Cancer.Net spoke with Graham Warren, MD, PhD, to learn more about the benefits of stopping tobacco use after a cancer diagnosis, as well as to get some practical advice on how to quit.

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