"Some cancer survivors may think 'why quit now, it's too late,' but it's never too late to quit smoking."
— Mary Cooley, PhD, APRN
Why Quitting Smoking Matters for Cancer Survivors
Many cancer survivors who smoke don't know that their habit puts them at risk for getting cancer again. This could be a return of their first cancer, or a totally new cancer. In fact, survivors who smoke may increase their risk of developing cancer even more than the average person. Fortunately, you can take control of your smoking and your health. No matter how old you are or how long you've smoked, quitting will help you live longer and healthier.
What You Can Do
- Set a date. Try to pick a day to quit when you'll be less tempted to smoke. For example, if you usually smoke at work, quit on a day when you'll be home. Throw out all your cigarettes and smoking accessories: matches, lighters, and ashtrays.
- Get support. The American Cancer Society's Quitline lets callers reach out to trained quit-smoking counselors. Find a Quitline program in your area by calling the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 ((800) 227-2345).
- Stay strong. As a survivor, you know what it means to stay strong. Quitting takes persistence, but medications and counseling can have a dramatic impact on your ability to successfully quit smoking.
- Utilize resources for quitting smoking and tobacco use. There are many, many resources available to help you quit smoking. Find the one that suits you and commit to doing it.