One in four people in Ireland responded that nonsmokers with lung cancer should be treated first rather than smokers.
As a wife of a man who died of lung cancer, the results of a study of the international lung cancer awareness month suggest that society's judgment about people suffering from the disease should be less.
According to a survey of 1,017 adults on behalf of the Marie Keating Foundation 's "Am Lung Cancer" campaign, 27% of the public said that people who quit should get priority over those who smoke I believe.
In addition, 17% said that health insurance companies should not cover lung cancer patients who smoke, and 34% of adults agree that lung cancer patients face public arrogance that other cancer patients do not face.
One out of ten said they think this is acceptable.
Venetia Broadcaster lost her husband Martin to lung cancer earlier this year.
Ms Quick, who launched the Marie Keating Foundation campaign, talked about arrogance and judgment.
"When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it's a tragedy, no matter what the cancer is, we all choose different lifestyles.
"It is too difficult to hear the words of condemnation and judgment when we look after and care for someone we love with lung cancer. If someone gets lung cancer, we need to lose our judgment.
Nobody chooses cancer and no one can get it. "
Liz Yeates, CEO of the Marie Keating Foundation, said more people died of lung cancer each year than any other cancer.
"Many people have an image of who they are, but this campaign shows a variety of people who can influence it. We want to change the conversation and tone around lung cancer to one of judgment and empathy and support. "
According to the survey, 16% of respondents said they had enough information about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer compared to 31% of respondents who knew breast cancer related information and 26% of skin cancer.