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Tobacco Cessation

Being diagnosed with cancer may feel as though you have no control over your condition. If you smoke, chew, or dip, you may feel the same about your tobacco use. With the Taussig Tobacco Cessation Program, you have the ability to quit and eliminate the risks and serious complications that may result from using tobacco while receiving cancer treatment.

Our goal is to stay in touch with you throughout your journey to keep you tobacco free during and after your cancer treatments for better success.

How does it work?

Our four-step system will ensure you receive the care and attention you need during your tobacco cessation process.

Prep and Consult

Our initial meeting is all about creating a program customized for your success. Whether you have tried in the past or this is your first attempt, know you now have a dedicated team to work directly with you.

Quit Date Follow-Up

You have made the deal with yourself to quit. Now is the time to make sure you have the support you need to follow through on your promise.

Relapse Visit

Be aware of your withdrawal symptoms and ways to mitigate various “triggers.” Let us offer you diet and lifestyle tips to keep you on the path of a tobacco-free life.

Sustaining It

Maintenance is the key to remain tobacco free. Continual support in celebrating your success is what the program will do!

Ready to quit?

We want you to have the best possible chance at quitting tobacco successfully because it is an essential component of treatment for patients with cancer.

The Taussig Tobacco Cessation Program at Cleveland Clinic is ready today.

To get started, please call our Cancer Answer Line toll free at 866.223.8100.

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Did you know?

Iyaad Hasan, CNP

"We have double the quit rate compared
to the national average at 20 percent."

Iyaad Hasan, CNP
Director of the Tobacco Cessation Program

Research has shown that smoking after a cancer diagnosis possibly interferes with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy and reduces survival rates.

Tobacco use can slow wound healing after surgery, increases the risk of side effects from radiation therapy, and decreases the response to radiation therapy.

Studies have shown that a longer length of time between stopping smoking and starting cancer treatment is associated with a better prognosis (chance of recovery).

Quitting smoking, even at the time of diagnosis, significantly lowers the risk of developing secondary cancers (a different type of cancer that appears after the original cancer diagnosis).

Cancer Answers & Appointments

Speak with a cancer nurse specialist for appointment assistance and for answers to your questions about cancer locally at 216.444.7923 or toll-free 1.866.223.8100.

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET).


Resources for medical professionals

  • Outpatient appointment referrals: 216.444.7923 or 866.223.8100
  • Inpatient hospital transfers: 800.553.5056
  • Referring Physician Concierge: 216.444.6196 or 216.312.4910.

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