Q. Is cigarette smoking linked to lung cancer?
A. Yes, more than 80% of lung cancers are related to smoking.

Q. Is the duration of smoking or number of cigarettes smoked linked to the probability of lung cancer?
A. Yes, the risk of lung cancer is related to the duration as well as intensity of smoking. There is a 15 fold increase in the risk of developing lung cancer in persistent smokers.

Q. What is passive smoking?
A. Passive smoking is exposure to what is known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke.

Q. Is passive smoking also a risk factor for lung cancer?
A. Yes

Q. What are the problems that can happen in case a person who is getting treatment for lung cancer continues to smoke while on treatment?
A. Cardiovascular or lung related problems; and the continued risk of developing further cancers.

Q. In addition to lung cancer, are other cancers linked to smoking/tobacco intake?
A. Yes, cancer of throat, mouth, urinary bladder, pancreas, esophagus, cervix are linked to tobacco intake.

Q. What are the options available for someone who wants to quit smoking?
A. Resolution, family and social support, nicotine replacement, behavioral therapy etc.

Q. In case someone quits smoking, does the risk of getting cancer decrease over time?
A. Yes, lung cancer risk in smokers can be significantly diminished in a time-dependent manner following smoking cessation.

Q. Is the likelihood of getting cancer increased if someone smokes and also consumes alcohol?
A. Yes, the combined risk of developing cancer of mouth, throat or esophagus in a smoking drinker are higher than the individual risk with smoking or alcohol.