• Quit tobacco

Tobacco Harms Your Cancer Treatment

Nicotine addiction is very isolating. Guilt and shame are a big part of the struggle when someone has repeatedly tried to quit and failed. This failure chips away at a person’s confidence and the addiction becomes overwhelming and utterly compulsive. Our program can support patients on this journey, guiding them through the challenges of this addiction.

Benefits of quitting

  • Improved healing
  • Reduced treatment side effects
  • Improved survival rates

We have an expert Stop Tobacco Program (SToP) team to help you. Your care team will automatically send in a referral for you.

Smoking/Vaping and COVID-19

The Surgeon General concludes that smoking increases the risk of respiratory infections and evidence suggests smoking can make COVID-19 outcomes worse. See below for support to quit. Learn more about smoking and COVID-19. Learn more about the program classes.

To contact our SToP team directly:

California Smokers’ Helpline
phone icon1-800-662-8887 (free telephone help)
URL iconnobutts.org
cell iconText QUITNOW to 66819

UC Davis Health
phone icon1-916-734-0718 (schedule a class)
URL iconlivinghealthy.ucdavis.edu

  • Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists
  • Help to stop vaping or smokeless (chew)
  • Tobacco-free support group
  • Classroom instruction
  • Online/WebEx programs and workshops
  • Video visits
  • Telephone counseling and assistance with medications

The class and interaction and discussion are invaluable. Besides all of the techniques they give you, to be able to go to class and talk about what you are going through is really good.
— Steven Berkstresser, bladder cancer patient

At UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, we provide a range of free resources to help you quit. We offer compassionate services through workshops, classes and telephone support.

These free services include classes and support group:

Telephone counseling:

Other options:

Register for class and receive a free quit kit


No Judgments Just Help

Get started on smoking cessation with these tips

Warning Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19 do not mix. People who smoke risk poorer outcomes if they get COVID-19, which targets the respiratory system.

Please, quit now. We will help. Call a UC Davis Tobacco Treatment Specialist to discuss the quitting option that is best for you at 916-734-0718 or ask your doctor or nurse for a referral to the California Smokers’ Helpline. You can call them too at 1-800-662-8887.

You’ll see improvements quickly.

Healing and health benefits start as soon as 20 minutes after you quit smoking.
Blood pressure and pulse return to normal
8-12 HOURS
Blood oxygen and carbon monoxide levels return to normal
Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
Breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase
2-12 WEEKS
Circulation improves and lung function increases
Excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by about half and declines gradually hereafter


It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

You can get help with vaping at local or online classes through UC Davis Health Management and Education or via telephone counseling with the California Smokers' Helpline.

For UC Davis support to quit call 916-734-0718.

For the California Smokers' Helpline visit the vaping website or call 1-800-No Butts (1-800-662-8887).


Learn how we approach smoking cessation at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


See how the NCI is implementing science-based tobacco cessation treatment into clinical practice

Elisa TongElisa Tong, M.D., M.A., Medical Director
Elisa Tong is a general internist who helps take care of patients in the clinic and hospital settings. Her area of interest is in tobacco cessation and its cross-cutting impact on health and wellness for smokers and their families. Dr. Tong's research interests are in tobacco control policy and cessation, with special interests in secondhand smoke, diverse and underserved populations (particularly Asians), and health systems change.

Cari Shulkin Cari Shulkin, M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., National Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Cari is a registered nurse, board certified in cardiac vascular nursing and as a tobacco treatment specialist. She has worked at UC Davis Health since 1990. She joined the education team in 2012 with her primary focus being tobacco cessation education as well as self-management of heart and lung disease.
Contact Cari for support at 916-734-0718

In a 2010 article, UC Davis researchers found that patients with head and neck cancers who did not quit smoking prior to radiation therapy had poorer outcomes and were more likely to experience a cancer recurrence within five years of treatment. View article »

Read the Surgeon General’s report on smoking cessation


UC Davis Health's Dr. Elisa Tong discusses smoking cessation, especially during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and shelter-in-place orders.

Health Risks and Help to Quit webinarLeft to right: Christy D'Ambrosio, Elisa Tong, MD, MA, Cari Shulkin, MSN, RN-BC, CTTS presented at the Vaping - Health Risks and Help to Quit webinar, November 15, 2019