According to the National Cancer Institute, cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths and is responsible for most cancers of the larynx, oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus and bladder. Although quitting the habit seems a simple solution, the highly addictive nature of nicotine makes that an overwhelming challenge for many smokers. For this reason, the Siteman Cancer Center offers a multilayered approach to combating nicotine addiction. Our efforts range from helping people stop smoking to finding out why they start – and continue to use – the drug.
Freedom From Smoking: Smoking Cessation Program
This free, six-week program covers behavior modification, stress reduction and relapse prevention. Participants must attend all sessions. Sessions are held at the Barnard Health and Cancer Information Center on Siteman's main campus. For more information, call 314-362-7844.
Washington University School of Medicine researchers at Siteman are working to understand how and why nicotine addiction occurs. This includes studies examining the genetic roots of nicotine dependence, environmental factors associated with smoking, the links between smoking and excessive drinking, and adolescent addiction. Investigators hope this information can be used to create better prevention and treatment programs and further reduce the impact of tobacco on our nation's health.