- What do I need to know about quitting?
- Why should I quit?
- When smokers quit — what are the benefits over time?
- Immediate rewards of quitting
- Social acceptance
- Health of others
- Setting an example
- Help with the mental part of addiction
- Help with the physical part of addiction
- What are the types of nicotine replacement therapy?
- Prescription drugs
- Other methods of quitting
- A word about quitting success rates
- How to quit
- Some special concerns
- 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 can include your doctor, dentist, local hospital, or employer.
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is 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 Web site, 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
National organizations and Web sites*
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:
Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)
Toll-free number: 1-877-879-6422 (1-877-TRY-NICA)
Web site: 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
Web site: www.quitnet.com
Offers free, cutting edge, services to people trying to quit tobacco
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office on Smoking and Health
Free quit support line: 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW)
Web site: 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
National Cancer Institute
Free tobacco line: 1-877-448-7848 (1-877-44U-QUIT) (also available in Spanish)
Direct tobacco Web site: 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)
Web site: www.americanheart.org
Quitting tips and advice can be found at www.everydaychoices.org or by calling 1-866-399-6789
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Web site: 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 Web site, www.epa.gov/smokefree, or at 1-866-766-5337 (1-866-SMOKE-FREE)
American Lung Association
Toll-free number: 1-800-548-8252
Web site: 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
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: 10/04/2012
Last Revised: 09/09/2013