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Lung Cancer

Smoking and Lung Cancer: It's Never Too Late to Quit

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Because most people who get lung cancer were smokers, you may feel that doctors and other people assume that you are or were a smoker (even if you aren't or weren't). Whether or not you were a smoker, it's important for you to protect your body now from smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke from smokers near you.

If you smoke, talk with an expert about quitting. It's never too late to quit. Quitting can help cancer treatments work better. It may also reduce the chance of getting another cancer.

To get help with quitting smoking...

  • Go online to www.smokefree.gov. (See this issue's back cover for more information.)
  • Call NCI's Smoking Quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848).
  • Sign up for the free mobile service SmokefreeTXT to get tips and encouragement to quit. To sign up, text the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848) from your mobile phone. Or, go to www.smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt/Signup.aspx.

Winter 2013 Issue: Volume 7 Number 4 Page 9