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Today is World No Tobacco Day, a day that aims to highlight the risks that come with using tobacco. In this blog, our editor Elissia explains some of the benefits of stopping smoking and not using smokeless tobacco, especially if you have cancer.
You may smoke to relieve stress or boredom. It may be comforting for you or give a feeling of pleasure. If you’re living with cancer and its treatment you may feel that smoking helps you cope.
Unfortunately smoking and the use of tobacco can also be the cause of many different health problems, including some cancers. If you’d like to stop, it might help to think about some of the benefits.
Benefits if you are having cancer treatment
If you’re having treatment, stopping smoking can help your body respond better to treatment and heal. It may reduce the number of side effects you have, or make any side effects you do have less severe. Not smoking also lowers the risk of cancer coming back after treatment.
Benefits to your health
Giving up smoking and using smokeless tobacco can improve your general health. It can:
Benefits to your finances
Smoking is expensive, so quitting would mean you could spend the money on other things.
Quitting also has physical benefits, for example your skin becomes clearer and brighter and your breath, hair and clothes will smell better.
Benefits for your family and friends
When you smoke, the people around you are exposed to it too. This is called passive smoking. By stopping, you can reduce their risk of developing smoking-related diseases, including cancer. It can also help to make sure your children don’t have a higher risk of developing asthma when they are young. Stopping may also make it less likely that your children or grandchildren will smoke.
Tips to help you give up
Giving up smoking isn’t easy. But here are some tips that might help you succeed:
If you’d like more information about any of these topics, we have detailed information in our booklet Giving up smoking and on our website.
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