Smoking may be a big part of your social life. Do you automatically smoke when you are around someone who is smoking? Do certain people, places, or things seem to make you want to smoke? Do your friends smoke?
Friends care about one another, support one another, and take part in activities together that affirm the bond they have with one another. Why share an activity that puts all of your lives at stake?
Note: Separate PDQ summaries on Lung Cancer Screening; Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment; Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment; and Cigarette Smoking: Health Risks and How to Quit are also available.
Who is at Risk?
Lung cancer risk is largely a function of older age combined with extensive cigarette smoking history. Lung cancer is more common in men than women and in those of lower socioeconomic status. Patterns of lung cancer according to demographic characteristics tend to be strongly...
If your friends smoke, ask them whether they would be willing to quit with you. Maybe several of you will be convinced that it's time to quit. You can support each other through the tough times. When it's all over, you'll be able to celebrate the choice you made to do what's best for your health so you'll be around to share the good times together for years to come. If your friends are not willing to quit, ask them not to smoke around you, offer you cigarettes, or leave cigarettes lying around.