Tobacco Cessation

Breaking a cigarette in half

Quitting smoking or tobacco use is one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent cancer and help improve treatment outcomes if you have cancer. Knowing you should quit and doing it are two separate things, which is why researchers at Hollings Cancer Center want to find ways to lessen what they call cessation fatigue. 

“I don’t think this is just about addiction and smoking,” says researcher Matthew Carpenter. “This is about health behavior change. Think about anything that anybody tries to do that’s hard. It takes time. To say that you’re going to be 100 percent committed on every day of your life in that attempt is folly. It’s a process. It takes a toll on you. Now we can look at this as a process and quantify that fatigue over time and see how it matters.”

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