Key evidence from peer-reviewed and grey literature on smoking cessation for cancer patients

Use evidence from multiple sources to guide decisions about programs and policies that help patients with cancer quit smoking

Evidence shows that quitting smoking improves the effectiveness of cancer treatment and likelihood of survival. Cancer agencies and governments require information about the benefits associated with offering smoking cessation during cancer treatment.

Learn more about these highlights:

  • About 20 per cent of patients with cancer in Canada continue to smoke
  • Evidence indicates continued smoking by patients with cancer increases complications, risk of a second cancer, and likelihood of dying
  • For some cancer diagnoses, the benefit of quitting smoking may be equal to, or even exceed, the value of state-of-the-art cancer treatments

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