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 Oral Cancer Screening; Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer Treatment; and Cigarette Smoking: Health Risks and How to Quit are also available.
Who is at Risk?
People who use tobacco in any of the commonly available forms (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco) or have high alcohol intake are at elevated risk of oral cancer; and they are at particularly high risk if they use both tobacco and alcohol. People who chew betel quid (whether mixed with tobacco or...
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.