Quitting smoking matters for people diagnosed with cancer. As reported by the National Cancer Institute, continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis may decrease treatment effectiveness, increase the risk of cancer recurrence or a second cancer, and worsen treatment side effects.
The Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC) is working together with its partners to support tobacco cessation efforts and increase access to the Michigan Tobacco Quitline. Now people with cancer have free access to Quitline services (including telephone counseling and eight weeks of nicotine replacement therapy) regardless of their insurance status. Through this Tobacco Cessation Collaborative the MCC and MOQC are working directly with oncology practices and cancer centers to help them change practice workflow to identify tobacco users, advise them to quit, and refer them to the Quitline for free tobacco cessation support or to other appropriate treatments.
More people are being referred to the Quitline
More than 690 cancer patients were referred to the Quitline from June 2012 to December 2013, a 40% increase in Quitline volume
The program had more than 2,000 Quitline referrals for people with cancer by May of 2015.