10% of Cancer Survivors Still Smoking a Decade Later

April 29, 2022 2 min read

A recent survey in the US has revealed that around 10% of US cancer survivors were found to be still smoking an average of 15 cigarettes per day 9 years after diagnoses and treatments.

Researched Showed Patients With Bladder Cancer Were Most Likely To Smoke

The most likely to still smoke were patients who had received treatment for bladder cancer with 17% of these still smoking. Of lung cancer survivors, 15% were found to be still smoking.

The research has indicated that these persistent smokers are more likely to be younger and less educated than those who manage to quit altogether. Experts warn that smoking can cause mutations and secondary cancers which could put sufferers at even more risk second time round.

Follow Up Treatments Needed Claims Tobacco Research Dr.

The director of Tobacco Research at The American Cancer Society, Dr. Lee Westmaas said that in light of the research it was plain that survivors needed more follow-up treatment to support them in stopping smoking and that counselling and medication should be on offer to maximise their success.

It might be confusing for a non-smoker to contemplate this research and the reality which it presents. But the fact is that smoking is so highly addictive that many people find it very, very difficult to stop…even when the evidence of the harm it does is clear to see.

Electronic Cigarettes Can Help

Smoking is a killer…this is no secret but these figures make it plain just how difficult it can be for some people to quit. The rise in electronic cigarettes as an aid to quitting could potentially see some improvement in these statistics…particularly as they have only been growing in popularity for the past five years.

Electronic cigarettes are an excellent way to manage the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and to successfully break the habit….before it breaks you.