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Smoking Cessation

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The major risk factor for lung cancer is smoking. But nicotine is highly addictive, and it can be difficult to quit smoking on your own. Quitting can reduce your risk of developing lung cancer over time with it going down by ½ to ⅓ after 10 years of being smoke-free.

If you have already been diagnosed with lung cancer, it is both important and valuable for you to quit. The National Cancer Institute has found that patients with cancer who continue to smoke may reduce the effectiveness of their treatment and increase the likelihood of a second cancer. There is also reason to believe that continued smoking may worsen the side effects of treatment, putting you at increased risk for complications following your lung surgery and decrease your survival time.

The following are health benefits you will gain after quitting smoking:

  • Improved circulation
  • Pulse rate and blood pressure returning to normal range
  • Sense of taste and smell will return
  • Breathing will improve
  • Reduced risk of developing lung infections, such as pneumonia
  • Reduced risk of developing other smoking related diseases, such as, heart disease and chronic lung diseases
  • Become a better role model for family and friends
  • Reduce the amount of second hand smoke breathed in by those around you

It is never too late to quit and you do not have to go through this alone. Research has shown that people who receive counseling, as well as other supportive interventions, such as medication or nicotine replacement have a much higher success rate as compared to those who try to go “cold turkey”.

The Daniel & Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center has partnered with the Pulmonary Center of Excellence to provide a Smoking Cessation Program that can give you the support and treatment you need to free yourself from smoking. Our counselors have been specifically trained by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as tobacco treatment specialists. Individual and group counseling programs are available.

Call 201-447-8763 for more information or to set up an appointment.


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