Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to improve your general health. Quitting can not only help you to breathe easier and feel better overall but it may reduce your risk of developing any of the following illnesses:
- lung cancer
- oral and other head and neck cancers
- bladder cancer
- chronic bronchitis
- coronary artery disease (high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease)
In effect, quitting smoking now may save your life.
Even if you already have a health problem, it is never too late to benefit from quitting. People who quit smoking tend to enjoy a better quality of life and have improved treatment outcomes. Kicking the habit may also reduce your risk of developing additional smoking-related illnesses. So, regardless of your current physical condition, quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health.
Smoking Cessation Programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
We are committed and prepared to help you achieve your goal of living a smoke-free life. To this end, we offer smoking cessation programs for those who have cancer, as well as for those who never did. We will gladly work with your private doctor or treatment team to establish a smoking cessation plan that is right for you.
Meeting the Challenges of Quitting
Many people who are thinking about quitting worry whether they will be successful and whether they will be able to cope with the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that are often associated with this process. Our team of experts has extensive clinical experience in helping people to quit smoking successfully and to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms effectively. For more information about smoking cessation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, some of our other services, or related topics, click on the appropriate link below.