News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center November 2008 – Issue 40
Smoking? Quit Now! Everybody knows tobacco smoking is dangerous. The Surgeon General’s warning says so right on the label: “Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.” Smoking also causes cancers of the mouth and throat, pancreas, kidney, cervix, stomach, and bladder as well as certain types of leukemia.
Another Surgeon General’s cigarette label offers a positive message: “Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health.” If you are a smoker, the best way to prevent lung cancer is to quit.
When you quit smoking, the benefits begin within hours as your body starts to heal. It doesn’t take long for the day- to-day benefits to outweigh cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Ten years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is reduced by half. Even for long- time smokers, the risk of smoking-related health problems drops significantly within a few years of quitting.
Many methods are available to help you quit smoking, so you can choose what works best for you. Some methods gradually cut back on cigarettes, leading up to a final quit day. Others take the “cold turkey” approach of picking a day and quitting. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can also be helpful; discuss them with your health care provider.
Each quitting method has its pros and cons so it is important to choose based on
Thinking about quitting? Take the next step— make a plan to quit smoking. You’ll benefit almost immediately!
what will work best for you. Understanding what “triggers” you to smoke and finding alternative activities and rewards is important to your success in quitting.
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Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center
for current and former patients and their families
Tuesdays 5—6 p.m. Fridays 10—11 a.m.
For more information, call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585
The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) is a free resource library on the first floor of
Huntsman Cancer Institute
801-581-6365 • 1-888-424-2100 huntsmancancer.org/clc
NEW FROM THE CLC Books
Smoking 101: An Overview for Teens by Margaret O. Hyde
The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Sinister Smoke Ring by Stan Berenstain
Helping a Loved One Live Smoke-Free by Barbara White Melin
The Tao of Quitting Smoking by Joseph P. Weaver
Butt Out!: The Proven Quit Smoking Plan by Dr. Alan Xenakis
Women and Tobacco: Seven Deadly Myths
CDC & Christy Turlington
Quit to Live: Fighting Lung Cancer ABC News
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