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Lung Cancer: Quitting Smoking

Why Quit Smoking?

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term health problems. The only proven strategy to protect yourself from harm is to never smoke, and if you do smoke or use tobacco products, to quit.

It is never too late to quit, even if you have a lung cancer diagnosis. Studies have shown that quitting smoking can increase the efficacy of treatment while decreasing the risk of complications.There is a wide range of immediate benefits associated with quitting; lowered blood pressure, decreased fatigue and shortness of breath, improved immune response as well as improved self-esteem. It can also have positive impacts on mood, sleep, and appetite. Long term benefits include decreased risk of additional tumors, increased survival time, decreased postoperative complications, improved response to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and improved quality of life. 

There are many resources available to help you quit. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about how they can help you stop smoking.

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Helpful Websites

Recommended Apps

There are many apps available for your mobile device that can help you quit smoking. Many provide encouragement, help identify your cravings and triggers, and track your progress. The apps we've highlighted here are available for free though some may have premium content that can be purchased in-app. Try out a few to see which works best for you.

Smoke Free by David Crane
Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad)

Log your cravings to identify patterns and get tips on dealing with them. Progress updates show you how how many cigarettes you've avoided, how much money you've saved, and how your health has improved. Optional pro (paid) content offers daily missions to keep you on track.

 

QuitGuide by Smokefree.gov
Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Record cravings and slips by times of day and location. Track your mood and smoking triggers and get tips for dealing with cravings and bad moods. Journal entires help monitor your progress and inspirational messages keep you focused and motivated on your smokefree journey.

 

Quit smoking - QuitNow! - by Fewlaps, S.C.
Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Track the days/hours/minutes you've been smoke free, the number of cigarettes you've avoided and the money you've saved. Also provides indicators on your health improvement process. QuitNow! is also a social app that allows you to connect with other quitters to chat, share tips and tricks, and support.

 

LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach by Demand Media, Inc.
Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad)

Create a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. Choose to quit smoking right away or gradually decrease your daily nicotine intake—tracking the times you smoke and have nicotine cravings along the way. Motivational tips and progress charts  provide quit smoking help and keep you on track while achievement badges reward you for progress.

 

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

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