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Increase availability of tobacco cessation services for cancer survivors

The Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors Workgroup seeks to “Shine a Light” on the issue of tobacco use amongst cancer survivors to increase awareness of the topic and promote information, resources and services to encourage uptake and adoption amongst CCC coalitions and programs. 

In the last decade, literature has emerged to substantiate the medical advantages of quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis, that continued smoking may reduce the effectiveness of treatment and increase the likelihood of a second cancer and that continued smoking may also worsen side effects of treatment (NCI 2015).

An analysis of CCCNP partner organizations revealed that while a plethora of tobacco cessation resources exist, few specifically target or address tobacco use amongst cancer survivors. Based on the outcomes of this analysis, this workgroup identified the following gaps:

  • Lack of data on smoking amongst cancer survivors.

  • Lack of awareness of the issue of smoking amongst cancer survivors.

  • Lack of promotion of cessation resources targeted to cancer survivors.

The Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors Workgroup seeks to address these gaps through the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness and the importance of tobacco cessation for cancer survivors.

  • Promote information and resources from CCCNP members’, other national partners’ and CCC coalitions’ efforts to increase tobacco cessation services for cancer survivors.

  • Develop and implement a plan to promote CCC coalition activities and encourage activity by coalitions to increase tobacco cessation services for cancer survivors.  

2015 Activities:

Call to action of what CCC programs and coalitions can do to meet priority area goals:

  • Highlight the issue of smoking in cancer survivors in a coalition meeting.  Talk about the data, lack of awareness and resources available to address this issue.

  • Share with your coalition’s workgroup/implementation team that is responsible for addressing survivorship issues the information and resources listed on this site.

  • Communicate (e-mail blasts, Twitter, Facebook, coalition meetings) to your coalition members about upcoming webinars and other resources on this topic

  • Connect with your tobacco coalition/program and see if they are working on specific efforts related to smoking in cancer survivors. If they are, support their current efforts. If not, suggest this become a new focus area and offer to collaborate with them on this topic.

  • Include an objective related to smoking in cancer survivors in your coalition’s next cancer plan update.

  • Ask coalition members if they have or know of a personal story about a cancer survivor who quit smoking.  Share this story with other coalition members and if possible, broadly to inspire and motivate others.

  • Create a link to this CCCNP topic area and the resources available on your coalition’s webpage.