Smokers can and do quit every day and you can, too. Even if you've tried before, it's important to try again. Understanding the quitting process can make it easier.
Remember, quitting now can significantly reduce your risk of smoking-related disease and death. It's never too late to try again.
Check out this entertaining yet informative animated video that follows "Kurtz" as he thinks about quitting and the challenges he faces during his quit attempt.
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You Can Quit for Good
Congratulations on making the decision to quit! You have taken an important step toward better health and a better life. Many people have quit and you can, too.
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Make a Plan
You will feel more in control if you make a plan for quitting. A good plan includes strategies for avoiding cigarettes when you feel an urge to smoke. To create your own free personalized quit plan, call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS.
This video provides more information about what services the Helpline offers.
Click here to create a plan.
Having support in your attempt to quit smoking is one of the most helpful things you can do to succeed. People who have support are more likely to succeed than those who try to quit on their own.
You can call 1-800-NO BUTTS for free support by a trained specialist, or if you would prefer to have in-person support, visit the Helpline's Local Resources page to find assistance in your area.
Talk to your health care provider about quitting. He or she may suggest using a quitting aid, such as nicotine patches or gum. They may also consider writing a prescription for cessation medication for you. Your doctor may also be able to recommend a quitting program offered through your local health care system.
Having a support system, whether through a program or a loved one, will increase your chance of winning the fight against tobacco.
Don't Give Up!
Once you've quit, you may find it difficult at times not to use tobacco. If you slip up, remember it takes most people several tries before quitting for good. 1 2 Each time you try, you learn more about quitting and get closer to your goal.
Click here for tips on taking control of cravings and urges.