Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2016

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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.

Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke

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. 

Download ASCO’s free booklet, Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis, as a printable PDF in English (20 pages) or in Spanish (22 pages). Order printed copies of the booklet in English from the ASCO University Bookstore.