The Smoking Cessation Program team is committed to building a community of health care providers, researchers, patients, families and diverse communities to support smoking cessation as a standard part of cancer care for all patients and as a priority for health promotion and wellness. Our comprehensive tobacco dependency program includes medications to overcome withdrawal symptoms, behavioral strategies to break habits that trigger smoking, strategic problem solving and social support to boost your chance of success.

Services Offered                 

  • Tobacco use assessment
  • Individual counseling (offers smoking cessation counseling, education, medication and behavioral interventions)         
  • Rapid Action Plan for relapses            
  • Same day face-to-face or phone counseling for new patients and at-risk patients        
  • Smoking cessation support group on our Duarte campus       

Smoking cessation is a priority

In order to provide the best care for you, your doctor has included smoking cessation as an important part of your cancer treatment and has referred you to City of Hope’s Smoking Cessation Program. We are ready to support your effort and make this work for you. We are dedicated to partner with you.

Smoking/Vaping and COVID-19

Smoking may increase the risk from COVID-19 by weakening the immune system, increasing susceptibility by impairing lung function, and increasing the likelihood that the illness will progress from mild respiratory illness to the most extreme stages like acute respiratory distress (ARD) and cardiovascular complications.

Why is it important to quit?

Continuing to smoke can reduce the effectiveness of cancer treatment. Tobacco smoke has over 7,000 chemicals. Smoking causes many types of cancers including lung, esophagus,larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, colorectal, liver, cervix, breast, prostate and leukemia. It increases the risk and recurrence of a new cancer. It is also associated with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart disease, stroke rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease and diabetes.
By quitting smoking, your medications and treatments like surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or transplants may work better, and you will heal faster and have fewer complications. It will bring you both immediate and long-term health benefits.

What if I tried to quit and was unsuccessful?

Most people who have successfully quit have previously tried several times before finally achieving complete success. Even if you relapse, you are just one step closer to reaching your goal. There is no failure! Through research, we have learned how to make quitting easier and more effective. Our work together, along with your commitment to use the tools and strategies to quit smoking, can help you reach your goal to a smoke-free life.

Program Contact 

To schedule a consult or for more information, please contact:

Sophia Yeung
Administrative Coordinator
Smoking Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening Programs
 626-256-4673, ext. 89114, or 626-535-3983
[email protected]
City of Hope also offers lung cancer screening. Current or former smokers may be eligible for lung cancer screening. Please contact us for more information.