Smoking and cancer

Whether you are living with or beyond cancer, there are many reasons to consider quitting or cutting down on smoking.

The links between smoking and cancer are well known. Smoking can increase the chances of cancer coming back or a new cancer developing.

Smoking can make the symptoms of cancer, the side effects of treatment and your quality of life worse. Smoking can also affect wound healing following surgery as less oxygen is delivered to your wound.


Stop smoking support

You’re more likely to be successful if you get support to quit. Get help from your GP, pharmacy and hospital team, or local stop smoking service:

Greenwich: Go to

Lewisham: email for support

Bexley: Go to  


See our Stop Smoking pages for further information.