Why You Should Quit Smoking
Quitting will greatly reduce your risk of complications from your bone marrow or stem cell transplant. You will…
• be much less likely to have lung infections and complications.
• reduce your risk of blood clots.
• reduce your risk of side-effects related to your treatment.
• reduce your risk of cancer relapse.
• reduce your risk of death.
You will also feel better. You will…
• have more energy and breathe easier.
• improve your mood and reduce anxiety.
• recover faster after your transplant.
• reduce your chances of getting sick.
• reduce your risk of developing a second cancer.
Smoking is dangerous.
• Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.
• Smoking causes at least 30% of cancer deaths in the U.S.
• Patients who quit smoking after being diagnosed with cancer tend to live
• Smoking causes illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung
Resources to Help You Quit
Talk with your doctor about quitting smoking:
• Talk about medications and other treatments to help you quit.
• While smoking is dangerous, nicotine replacements such as gum or patches
are a safe way to help you quit smoking.
Call the Quit Line:
The Quit Line’s free services include:
• telephone coaching for Wisconsin tobacco users who want to quit.
• two weeks of free nicotine replacement medication
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get started
Visit www.WiQuitLine.org and click on “Click to Call” in the upper-right corner.
• Enter your phone number and hit “send.” A Quit Line coach will call you
• You will have a one-on-one coaching call. After the first call, you can call
the Quit Line whenever you like for more support and coaching.
Smokers who use the Quit Line are four times more likely to quit than if they try to quit on their own.
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Last Updated: 06/04/2013
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