Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Smoking cessation resources

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable cancer incidence in the country. It is linked to at least 15 different cancers and accounts for some 30 percent of all cancer deaths.

Quitting smoking is both a mental and a physical undertaking.

A person trying to quit must overcome two obstacles: a physical addiction to nicotine and a habit. The experts at VCU Massey Cancer Center offer the following tips to help users quit using tobacco products.

  • Think about why you want to quit. 
  • Pick a stress-free time to quit. 
  • Ask for support and encouragement from family, friends and colleagues. 
  • Begin a daily exercise or activity to relieve stress and improve your health. 
  • Get plenty of rest. 
  • Eat a balanced diet. 
  • Join a smoking cessation program, or other support group.

The following are designed to help smokers through the process:

In some cases, smokers benefit from nicotine replacement products to help break their smoking habit. Nicotine replacement products continue to give the smoker nicotine, although in smaller quantities than a cigarette, to meet their nicotine craving. The benefit of nicotine replacement products is the elimination of tars and poisonous gases that cigarettes emit. Pregnant or nursing women, and people with other medical conditions, should consult with their physician before using any nicotine replacement products.

There are also non-nicotine options to quit smoking.  Consult your physician for more information.