tobacco cessation resources

20080602-cigarette_edited.png
20080602-cigarette_edited_edited.png

Quitting tobacco is a personal experience, but you don't have to do it alone. Check out the lists below to learn about the many resources and communities that can help you quit for good.

Government Resources

Find support, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources from the CDC, NIH, and others. 

 

Quitlines and Chats

Phone- and chat-based tobacco cessation services for realtime, individual coaching and counseling. Call anytime you need support or advice.

  1. Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669); En Español: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)

  2. American Lung Association: Lung Helpline and Tobacco Quitline: 1-800-LUNG-USA or live chat

  3. You can Quit (24/7 Chat Support)

  4. This is Quitting: A free and anonymous text messaging program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. Text DITCHVAPE to 88709. 

  5. Quit Dip/DipFreeTXT: For young adults in the United States who are ready to quit dip

  6. National Cancer Institute Quit Chat

  7. American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (AICTP): 1-855-5AI-QUIT (1-855-524-7848) or https://aiquitline.com 

  8. American Indian Quitline (Minnesota residents): 1-833-9AI-QUIT (1-833-924-7848)

  9. Asian Smokers’ Quitline

 

Apps

Check out these apps on your phone or tablet for easy access to support, motivation, and effective tools for quitting.

  1. QuitGuide: Download at Google Play or Apple

    • A free app to help you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to quit for good. Track your cravings by time and location and get motivational messages for every craving you track. Monitor your progress, identify triggers, and develop solid strategies.
       

  2. quitSTART: Download from Google Play or Apple

    • From smokefree.gov, this free app provides tailored tips to prepare for a quit attempt: Monitor your progress by earning badges; get support to stay on track; learn healthy ways to manage cravings and mood changes; use games and challenges to stay focused on goals; create a customized “quit kit”; and share progress.
       

  3. Craving to Quit (21-day Yale Program): Download at sharecare.com or Apple.

    • Craving To Quit is a 21-day program based on clinical trials conducted at Yale University; its program is rooted in research on the neural underpinnings of craving. You can find daily video and audio instructions to walk you through goal setting, tracking progress, and daily exercises, as well as weekly expert calls and in-app coaching. Download and get 4 days free, after which you can purchase monthly access ($24.99/month).

 

Faith-based Groups/Resources

Blogs, articles, and communities with religious foundations.

 

Healthcare (non faith-based) Organizations/Treatments

Learn about these individual and group-based tools for quitting.

You can also search for a licensed therapist near you by using Psychology Today.

If you are in recovery or interested in quitting alcohol or substance use, you may want to look for a "CAADC" credential, which indicates a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor. 

  1. Freedom From Smoking: Freedom From Smoking is an 8-week group clinic that focuses on psychoeducation and skills-building to quit tobacco use. Topics covered include: available medications that can help you stop smoking, lifestyle changes that make quitting easier, preparing for a quit day, stress management, preventing weight gain, building self-esteem, and long-term quitting strategies. Available throughout the United States, Freedom From Smoking reports that “people who use the Freedom From Smoking Group Clinic are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who try to quit on their own.” Follow the link to find a clinic near you. 
     

  2. SMART Recovery: Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery is a secular, research and science-based mutual support group that began as an alternative to 12-step and faith-based programs. SMART Recovery views substance misuse and addiction as a maladaptive habit and uses cognitive-behavioral and motivational approaches instead of focusing on improving spiritual well-being. SMART Recovery has local meetings across the globe, daily online meetings, and a 24/7 chat room for individuals to obtain support for their addiction.
     

  3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based psychological treatment that focuses on identifying and changing maladaptive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that cause or worsen problems. For smoking cessation, CBT focuses on restructuring maladaptive thoughts related to smoking urges to help you overcome urges to use tobacco. Find a CBT Therapist today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists

  4. Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention: Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is a skills-based treatment for preventing relapse in addictive behavior by combining cognitive-behavior techniques with mindfulness meditation. A central goal of MBRP is to enhance a client’s ability to accept cravings and urges as normal, and learn to “urge surf” - non-judgmentally paying attention to a craving, letting it peak and eventually pass. You can find MBRP therapists and groups in the link above or at https://mindfulrp.com/for-clients

 
 

Military/Veteran

Support and information for anyone who has served (or is serving) in the US military.

  1. Military veterans who have health insurance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can call: 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838)

  2. SmokefreeVET

  3. TRICARE Smoking Cessation

  4. Marine Corps Smoking Cessation Support

  5. Army Support

  6. Coast Guard

  7. CDC Military Partners

  8. Great American Smoke Out

 
Image by Tim Mossholder

Below you will find information and supportive resources for historically-underrepresented communities, some of whom have higher tobacco use prevalence and tobacco-related disease. Learn about the needs and resilience in these communities and find support in your experience.

 
 
 
 
 

Asian American Communities

  1. Asian Smokers’ Quitline

    1. Mandarin ​& Cantonese: 1-800-838-8917or www.asq-chinese.org 

    2. Korean: 1-800-556-5564 or www.asq-korean.org

    3. Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440 or www.asq-viet.org