Smoking Cessation for Cancer Patients
It’s no surprise that smoking is not good for anyone. In fact, smoking can cause a variety of dangerous medical conditions including cancer. For those who have been diagnosed with cancer, stopping smoking is absolutely crucial for embracing treatment entirely and eventually getting healthy. Of course, if quitting smoking was easy, then everyone would have done it by now. However, smoking is an addiction and, as such, it can be very challenging to quit.
If you’re ready to quit smoking and get healthy then here are some suggestions to follow:
- Set a date. This may seem like a small thing but it’s a big part of the process. Mentally committing to a date is the first big step and it’s important to set yourself up for success when getting ready for this date – including removing all cigarettes, ashtrays, and smoking paraphernalia from your home; anything that can remind you of your habit.
- Change up your routine. Smoking is a habit as much as an addiction and you likely have a habit that has surrounded your smoking. It’s time to change that up and start putting new routines in place that don’t center around cigarettes. Take a walk during what would have normally been your smoke break, chew gum, and otherwise replace unhealthy habits with healthier habits.
- Reduce stress. Smoking can be a normal crutch when things get stressful. You’re going to have to learn how to manage stress without smoking. Look for ways to manage stress including regular exercise, meditation, yoga, and more.
- Ask for help. If you have friends who are smokers, ask them to refrain from smoking around you as you kick the habit, stay away from bars and other places where smoking is common, and otherwise stay clear of smokers in general – at least for a while.
Talk to your doctor. It’s important to speak to your cancer care team about quitting smoking. There is medication that can help soothe the transition and when you are faced with cancer treatment it’s important that you get all the help that you need.