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Unusual palliative medicine intervention: smoking cessation
  1. Nurbanu Kahraman1,
  2. Latife Merve Yağlıoğlu1,
  3. Ayşe Pınar Doğru Balakbabalar2 and
  4. Onur Öztürk1
  1. 1 Family Medicine, Samsun Education and Research Hospital, Samsun, Turkey
  2. 2 Psychiatry, Samsun Education and Research Hospital, Samsun, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Onur Öztürk, Family Medicine, Samsun Education and Research Hospital, 55200 Atakum/Samsun, Turkey; dr.onurozturk{at}


Intervention for smoking cessation in a palliative care setting is not considered to be a standard practise. However, palliative care should support life and improve its quality and be able to approach the patient from a psychosocial perspective. This article discusses the smoking cessation intervention provided in a palliative care setting for an oncology patient. Making patients quit tobacco products in palliative care can increase the effectiveness of cancer treatment as well as the motivation level of the patient.

  • lung
  • quality of life
  • supportive care
  • complementary therapy
  • clinical assessment

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  • Contributors NK managed the patient, conceived the case report, analysed patient data and contributed to critical revision of the report. LMY and APDB managed the patient, collected and analysed patient data and drafted the case report. OÖ managed the patient and provided critical revision of the case report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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