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Guide to Quitting Smoking

The US Surgeon General has said, “Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”

It’s hard to quit smoking, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting and staying a non-smoker, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. You’ll find this information here.

Deciding to Quit Smoking and Making a Plan

The decision to quit smoking is one that only you can make. Others may want you to quit, but the real commitment must come from you.

Overcoming Tobacco Addiction

Remember, tobacco addiction is both mental and physical. For most people, the best way to quit will be some combination of medicine, a method to change personal habits, and emotional support.

When Smokers Quit

Quitting is the first part -- now you have to stay quit. Here are some tips that may help.

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

Find out how you can be supportive when someone you know is quitting smoking.

More Resources for Quitting

Study Recruitment Announcement

The American Cancer Society is seeking former smokers to participate in research that involves helping smokers quit. You would mentor current smokers who are trying to quit by sending them supportive text messages over a two-month period. Your text messages would supplement the texts that smokers receive through an automated system, and would take about 5-10 minutes of your time per day. You would first complete a series of short online training modules, and be provided with a message bank to help guide your exchanges with smokers. You would be compensated for your time. You can sign up to be a mentor and find more information at www.iQuit.tips. Please contact us at iQuitTips@gmail.com if you have any questions about the study.