ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Mayo Clinic has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute to help cancer patients quit tobacco.
This is a two-year, $500,000 grant that will expand tobacco cessation treatment services for cancer patients.
According to Mayo, this grant will ensure that all cancer patients who use tobacco have access to treatment.
Dr. Taylor Hays, Director of the Nicotine Dependence Center, said nicotine is the addictive component in cigarettes that keeps people smoking.
The Nicotine Dependence Center does provide resources to help people quit.
“The main resource we have at Mayo Clinic is our Nicotine Dependence Center. We provide counseling with what are called tobacco treatment specialist counselors,” said Dr. Hays. “Anybody who’s in our outpatient clinic, and we also provide it to everyone who’s in the hospital. We provide counseling and pharmacotherapy for those patients.”
What is most harmful about cigarettes is the six to seven thousand chemicals in them that are burned and inhaled.
Those can all cause lung cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, disability and premature death.
Dr. Hays said it’s not really known how effective vaping is in helping people quit. And smoking nicotine free products or vape flavors probably won’t make a big difference because they’re not well regulated.
He said with more young people using vaping products, there is concern that they’d be inclined become cigarette smokers. The best approach is to not smoke at all.