Some lung cancers can’t be prevented, but quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and to reduce your risk of lung cancer.
If you need help to quit smoking, talk to your primary care provider about options to reduce or quit smoking. Research shows that people who get help are 2 times more likely to quit than those who try to quit on their own. If you want to quit, here are some options:
- Counselling: Ask your doctor or pharmacist about QuitCore programs in your area.
- Phone Support: Call 1-866-710-7848.
- Text Support: Text ABQUITS to 123456.
- Web: AlbertaQuits (albertaquits.healthiertogether.ca)
What is traditional tobacco?
Traditional tobacco is an important part of many Indigenous cultures. It is considered one of four sacred medicines (along with cedar, sage and sweetgrass). For more information, search ‘traditional tobacco’ on myhealth.alberta.ca.
Other environmental risk factors
You can also reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and other harmful lung irritants like radon, asbestos, and outdoor air pollution. Cooking over fire or cooking indoors can also increase your risk of lung cancer. Screening based on these types of exposure is not eligible at this time. Please visit myhealth.alberta.ca (search “radon”) or evictradon.org for more information.