Resources for Quitting Tobacco

Whether you smoke or chew, quitting tobacco isn't just about willpower. It's about having a plan and plenty of support while you work through the process.

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Reasons to Quit

Fact Sheets

Quit For Life®

  • Quit For Life overview: Free telephone counseling, free nicotine replacement and more with this free program for eligible carpenters and dependents.
  • Quit For Life app: A lite version of Quit For Life, this free app can help you through the entire quit process and it's easy to use. Share it with anyone who needs help quitting. (iPhone, Android)
  • Quit For Life videos: Tips and advice for situations that trigger the urge to smoke, plus instructions for nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Quit For Life Craving Games: This 10-pack of activities includes Sudoku puzzles, character decode games, and mazes.
  • Quit For Life word search: When a craving comes your way, don't reach for a cigarette. Grab something to write with and complete this puzzle for a healthy distraction.

Support

Tools

  • QuitGuide app: From the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this free app was developed  by tobacco control professionals, cessation counselors, ex-smokers and other experts to prepare and support you in the days and weeks after you quit. (iPhone, Android)
  • QuitPal app: This free app from the National Cancer Institute helps you set goals, log your daily activity, track progress, create a video diary, get help for cravings, and share milestones. (iPhone)
  • QuitStart app: Created with teens in mind, this app identifies smoking triggers, tracks cravings and moods, monitors progress toward smokefree milestones, and lets you create personalized "pick me ups" and reminders for challenging times. (iPhone, Android)
  • Smokeout Countdown Clock: Have you picked a day to quit smoking? Download the Countdown Clock to receive daily tips right on your Windows desktop. After your quit day arrives, the Countdown Clock will provide practical support tips for your first month as a nonsmoker.

Videos

  • Tips From Former Smokers: In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign — Tips From Former Smokers (Tips). Watch the TV ads and get to know the real people who appear in them. Learn how cigarette smoking has affected their lives.

Games & Activities
Cravings to use tobacco last just three to five minutes. They'll pass more easily if you can focus on an engaging or entertaining activity.

  • Zombie Smokeout: It's pretty hard to smoke if your hands are busy squirting zombies, right?  This action-packed mobile game is a fun way to get past your craving. And even if you're not a smoker, this game is really fun.
  • Craving Stopper: Download this memory match game for your Windows desktop and use it when you need help getting past a craving.

Organizations

  • Quit & Stay Quit Mondays: Whenever you get off track, make Monday the day you recommit to quit. Part of The Monday Campaigns, a public health initiative produced by Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities.
  • truth.com: A bold and edgy education program to help teens make informed decisions about tobacco products. Created by The American Legacy Foundation, an independent, public health organization funded through the Master Settlement Agreement between Big Tobacco and 46 states.
  • BecomeAnEX: With clinical guidance from Mayo Clinic, this free program approaches quitting as a series of small battles you can actually see yourself winning. Created by The American Legacy Foundation, an independent, public health organization funded through the Master Settlement Agreement between Big Tobacco and 46 states.
  • Cancer Action Network (CAN): Providing nonpartisan advocacy for the American Cancer Society, CAN empowers regular people to be part of the national fight against cancer. CAN lobbies lawmakers at local, state and federal levels and holds them accountable for their votes and actions through voter guides and town hall meetings.
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Lung Association
  • American Heart Association

Government Agencies