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Saturday, July 26, 2014
If you are seriously thinking about quitting smoking, you will want to keep this important tip in mind. Research shows that those who are the most successful at giving up tobacco are people who did not try to do it all on their own. You will greatly improve your chances of winning the battle if you take advantage of one of the support programs available. And it is easier than ever now to do that with the free mobile apps that have been created.
So do not hesitate to turn for help. The resources below will get you started. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you will ever do. You deserve to give yourself the best chance at a healthier you!
Quit Smoking: 5 Steps to START (MedlinePlus Magazine)
Quitters Can Win! (American Heart Association)
Smoking and How to Quit (Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
Smoking: Tips on How to Quit (ADAM)
Strategies to Quit Smoking (National Heart, Lung,and Blood Institute)
For Young People
For Teens: How Can I Quit Smoking? (Nemours Foundation)
For Teens: Smoking and How to Quit (womenshealth.gov)
Smokefree Teen (National Cancer Institute)
Conversation Starters (healthfinder.gov)
Quit Smoking: 3 Tools to Help You Quit (MedlinePlus Magazine)
Quiz: Do You Need Help to Quit? Take the Stop Smoking Quiz (American Cancer Society)
Withdrawal Quiz (National Cancer Institute, Tobacco Control Research Branch)
Social Media and Apps
SmokefreeTXT is a free mobile service designed for young adults across the United States. Receive 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help you stop smoking for good.
NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist you with giving up smoking.
QuitGuide is a free mobile app to help you prepare to quit smoking and support you through the hard times in the days and weeks after you quit.
QuitSTARTis a free smartphone app that can help you track your cravings and moods during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree.
FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products (Food and Drug Administration)
Medication Guide (National Cancer Institute, Tobacco Control Research Branch)
Quit-Smoking Products: Boost Your Chance of Quitting for Good (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Smoking Cessation: Treatment Options (MedlinePlus)
Smoking - Medicines to Help You (Food and Drug Administration)
Varenicline (Marketed as Chantix) Information (Food and Drug Administration)
Where to Get Help
For support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669); TTY 1-800-332-8615.
Lung HelpLine (American Lung Association)
Talk to an Expert (National Cancer Institute, Tobacco Control Research Branch)
Where to Get Help When You Decide to Quit Smoking (National Cancer Institute)
Know a pregnant smoker? Reach Out and Offer Her a Helping Hand (smokefree.gov)
Overcoming Addiction (National Institute on Aging)
Quitting Smoking (National Institute on Aging)
Stop Smoking Before Surgery (American Society of Anesthesiologists)
Success Stories: You Can Do It!
You Can Quit Smoking: Here's How (MedlinePlus Magazine)
Quit Smoking: Keep Trying! (MedlinePlus Magazine)
Share Your Story (womenshealth.gov)
Quit Smoking (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
Smoking and Tobacco Use (CDC)
Smoking Cessation (MedlinePlus)
Surgeon General Reports on Tobacco and Smoking (Office of the Surgeon General)
Secondhand Smoke (womenshealth.gov)
Secondhand Smoke/"Light" Tobacco/ Smokeless Tobacco (MedlinePlus Magazine)
You Can Quit!
ClinicalTrials.gov: Smoking Cessation (National Institutes of Health)
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Last Reviewed: Jun 08, 2012
Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, MPH
Professor of Health Behaviors & Health Promotion
College of Public Health
The Ohio State University