- Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
- How does smoking affect your health?
- Why quit smoking now?
- When smokers quit – what are the benefits over time?
- What are the immediate rewards of quitting smoking?
- Getting help with the mental part of addiction
- Getting help with the physical part of addiction
- Nicotine replacement therapy
- What are the types of nicotine replacement therapy?
- Choosing and using nicotine replacement therapy
- Prescription drugs to help you quit smoking
- Other methods of quitting smoking
- A word about success rates for quitting smoking
- Steps for long-term success
- Making the decision to quit smoking
- Setting a quit smoking date and making a plan
- Dealing with smoking withdrawal
- Staying smoke-free
- Special concerns after quitting smoking
- To learn more
To learn more
It’s hard to stop smoking. But you can quit! Since 2002, there have been more former smokers in the US than there are current smokers – you can become one of this growing number!
Many organizations offer information, counseling, and other services to help you quit, as well as information on where to go for help. Other good resources to ask for help include your doctor, dentist, local hospital, or employer.
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here’s more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read most of them on our website, www.cancer.org.
More on how to quit
Increase Your Chances of Quitting Smoking
Quitting Smoking: Help for Cravings and Tough Situations (also in Spanish)
Smoking and using tobacco
Questions About Smoking, Tobacco, and Health (also in Spanish)
Cigarette Smoking (also in Spanish)
Cigar Smoking (also in Spanish)
Women and Smoking (also in Spanish)
Tobacco and the LGBT Community
Death and harm from smoking
Smoking and Cancer Mortality Summary Table
If someone you know is quitting
American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer (also in Spanish)
National organizations and websites*
If you want to quit smoking and need help, contact one of the following organizations. Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office on Smoking and Health
Free quit support line: 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW)
The quit support line offers information on smoking and health as well as help with quitting. Languages and range of services vary by your state of residence
Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)
Toll-free number: 1-877-879-6422 (1-877-TRY-NICA)
For free information on their 12-step program, meeting schedules and locations, print materials, or information on how to start a group in your area
Offers free, cutting-edge services to people trying to quit tobaccoNational Cancer Institute
Free tobacco line: 1-877-448-7848 (1-877-44U-QUIT) (also in Spanish)
Direct tobacco website: www.smokefree.gov
Quitting information, quit-smoking guide, and counseling are offered, as well as referral to state telephone-based quit programs (if needed for special services)
American Heart Association
Toll-free number: 1-800-242-8721 (1-800-AHA-USA-1)
Quitting tips and advice can be found at www.everydaychoices.org or by calling 1-866-399-6789
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Has advice on how to protect children from secondhand smoke, a Smoke-free Homes Pledge, and other tobacco-related materials on the direct website, www.epa.gov/smokefree, or at 1-866-766-5337 (1-866-SMOKE-FREE)
American Lung Association
Toll-free number: 1-800-548-8252
Printed quit materials are available, some in Spanish. Also offers a low cost quit-smoking program “Freedom from Smoking Online” at www.ffsonline.org; a free version is available, too
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 02/06/2014
Last Revised: 02/06/2014