How to help people with cancer stop smoking

Helping people with cancer to stop smoking is vital because quitting improves health outcomes significantly. A recent study finds that nearly 46% of people with cancer quit smoking through a tailored tobacco treatment program.

Testing the Tobacco Treatment Program

The recent study concludes that a comprehensive treatment program can help people diagnosed with cancer give up smoking successfully and stay away from tobacco.

Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston analyzed 3,245 smokers who took part in their Tobacco Treatment Program from 2006–2015.

The intervention includes a customized program geared to the individual needs of the nearly 1,200 people who agree to participate each year. Participants are offered nicotine replacement therapy, medication, and emotional support through counseling sessions.

"Patients deserve the absolute best opportunity we can give them to quit smoking. Based on our data, we recommend offering comprehensive smoking cessation to cancer patients as a clinical standard of care." Lead author Paul Cinciripini, Ph.D
"If we want to give patients the absolute best opportunity to treat their cancer, why shouldn't we give them the best smoking cessation, too? It's the right thing to do and worth the investment." - Paul Cinciripini, Ph.D
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