BENEFITS OF QUITTING SMOKING
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to help you heal faster after treatment. Quitting smoking also reduces the chance of complications and developing further illness like cancer, respiratory illness and cardiac disease.
Quitting smoking or reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke, can make surgery safer and help you recover more quickly. If possible, try to quit at least 6 to 8 weeks before your operation. But quitting at any time is helpful. People who don’t smoke:
- Are less likely to have complications during or after their surgery
- Are less likely to develop infections and are more likely to heal quickly.
- May get better faster and go home sooner.
Radiation therapy works better if the level of oxygen in your body is normal. When you smoke, the level of oxygen in your blood drops, making it harder for radiation to do its job. If you can’t stop smoking, avoid smoking before and after your radiation therapy.
Chemotherapy drugs work better in people who don’t smoke.
Smoke has chemicals in it that reduce the blood level of some chemotherapy drugs, making them less effective.
The best way to quit smoking is combining counselling with medication, which can triple the chance of success. It’s your time to quit...and we’re here to help!
Speak to your Physician or Nurse regarding a referral to the resources available to help you quit smoking.
At KGH we also offer:
- Smoking Cessation support groups for Oncology patients
- Smoking Cessation support groups for Outpatients
Please contact Christine Khiyaza, Smoking Cessation Coordinator, KGH at 613-549-6666 ext. 3136 for more information or if you have any other questions about the KGH Smoking Cessation program.
Public Health Unit – the STOP Program delivers free smoking cessation treatment and counselling support to eligible Ontario smokers who want to quit smoking. Workshop participants attend a 3-hour workshop where they receive a group psycho education presentation and a free 5-week kit of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to support their quit attempt. Please check their monthly calendar for program dates and times. To register, please call the KFL&A Public Health Tobacco Information Line at 613-549-1232 ext. 1333
Smokers’ Helpline – has proven, free and personalized tools to help you quit successfully. They can also be reached by calling 1-877-513-5333