If you currently smoke, the single most important thing you can do is quit. Your risk for lung cancer decreases significantly when you stop smoking. Talk to your doctor to get help with quitting. You can also get help from state quit lines, download apps to your smart phone, and participate in online programs. The following resources can help you get started.
Download our smoking cessation flyer for more information.
The National Cancer Institute’s quit-smoking website walks you through the quitting process, provides many print resources, and offers instant messaging with a tobacco treatment specialist. Expert help is also offered by telephone in English: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or Spanish: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569).
New Jersey Quitline
NJ Quitline is a free telephone-counseling service for smokers who are ready to stop. Call today and speak with your own quit coach. No matter which quit method you choose, the Quitline can more than double your chances for success. Services are offered in multiple languages.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society helps people learn about the dangers of smoking, and offers a comprehensive guide to quitting. Available online or printed in both English and Spanish.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association has a wide range of information on tobacco use. Their Freedom From Smoking Online (www.ffsonline.org) program offers information about quitting at your own pace. You can also use online message boards to build a support system.
The EX Plan is a free quit-smoking program, one that can show you a whole new way to think about quitting. It’s based on personal experiences from ex-smokers, and offers the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic.
SMART PHONE APPS
NCI QuitPal - available on iTunes
Free smartphone application developed by the National Cancer Institute using the latest evidence-based smoking cessation methods and behavior change theory. Features include: quit date scheduler, financial goal organizer, reminders, daily smoking habit tracker, money-saved graphs, packs not smoked tracker, health milestones, craving tips, connectivity with social networks, video diaries, personalized video messages from loved ones, and access to NCI’s cancer information service by toll-free phone line or live chat.
QuitSTART - available on iTunes and Google Play
Free smartphone application which helps users track cravings and moods, identify their smoking triggers, and monitor their progress toward achieving smokefree milestones. Users can also upload personalized “pick me ups” and reminders to use during challenging times.
QuitGuide - available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore
Free smartphone application developed by MMG, Inc., for the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Written by tobacco control professional and cessation counselors with the help of ex-smokers and experts. The app allows users to search for content using keywords, save specific pages as favorites, and share information via social networks. The app also provides insight into what to expect when you quit, and how to deal with problems that may come up in your journey to be smoke free.
Smokefree TXT - IQUIT(47848)
SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults across the United States who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay smoke free.