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Tobacco cessation

Tobacco use – whether it is smoked, chewed or vaped – can lead to serious health problems. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and the leading cause of cancer. Smoking is also associated with poor outcomes for those with cancer.

Quitting tobacco can be difficult, but the most successful approach is a combination of getting counseling support from those who specialize in tobacco treatment and taking medication.

Ready to quit tobacco use?
Email icanquit@vcuhealth.org to get help.

At VCU Massey Cancer Center, our ICAN (Initiative to Conquer the Addiction to Nicotine) Quit tobacco cessation program can connect you to the information and tools you need to become tobacco-free. We understand the challenge of wanting to quit and stay tobacco-free while at the same time dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and the fear of the possibility of the cancer coming back. If you or someone in your family is interested in quitting tobacco, please tell your Massey nurse, doctor or other health care provider, and they will connect you to the ICAN Quit program, or email icanquit@vcuhealth.org directly.

Visit the links at the left for more information about reasons to quit, assessing your readiness to quit, tips for quitting, managing nicotine withdrawal symptoms, how to live smoke-free and facts about e-cigarettes.

About the ICAN QUIT program

I Can Quit logoThe ICAN (Initiative to Conquer the Addiction to Nicotine) Quit program is supported by a supplement that VCU Massey Cancer Center received in 2018 to its Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop, implement and evaluate a tobacco cessation program for our cancer patients. The program is led by principal investigators Darlene Brunzell, Ph.D., co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Massey, and Rashelle Hayes, Ph.D., M.S., member of Massey’s Cancer Prevention and Control program.

The supplement was provided through the NCI’s Cancer Center Cessation Initiative as part of the NCI Cancer Moonshot℠ program. The NCI Cancer Center Cessation Initiative is a national effort to help people who are undergoing treatment for cancer to quit smoking. The initiative is designed to use implementation science to jump-start smoking cessation treatment at NCI-designated cancer centers, with findings used to develop best practices and shared with clinical cancer facilities nationwide.

 

Smoking cessation resources

Find local, national and online support services to help you live smoke-free.

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