Guide to Quitting Smoking

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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)

Guide to Quitting Smokeless Tobacco

Smoking and using tobacco

Questions About Smoking, Tobacco, and Health (also in Spanish)

Smokeless Tobacco

Cigarette Smoking (also in Spanish)

Cigar Smoking (also in Spanish)

Child and Teen Tobacco Use

Women and Smoking (also in Spanish)

Smoking in the Workplace: A Model Policy

Tobacco and the LGBT Community

Death and harm from smoking

Smoking and Cancer Mortality Summary Table

Tobacco-Related Cancers Fact Sheet

If someone you know is quitting

Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts

Cancer screening

Lung Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

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)
TTY: 1-800-332-8615
Website: www.cdc.gov/tobacco

    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)
Website: www.nicotine-anonymous.org

    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

QuitNet
Website: www.quitnet.com

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)
Website: www.americanheart.org

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Telephone: 202-272-0167
Website: www.epa.gov

    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
Website: www.lungusa.org

    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

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

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