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Quit Smoking Now!

Quit Smoking Now!

There are a few options available to stop smoking. Here are some resources to get started:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

As part of a comprehensive smoking cessation program, the American Heart Association recommends NRT as an effective tool to help quit smoking. Below are a few options:

  • Gum or Lozenges - Type of chewing gum or lozenge that delivers nicotine to the bloodstream through tissues in the mouth.

  • Transdermal (Skin) Patches - Release nicotine through the skin.

  • Inhaler - A thin, plastic cartridge that contains a porous nicotine plug at its base. By puffing on the cartridge, a person extracts and absorbs nicotine vapor through the lining of their mouth.

  • Nasal Spray - An aerosol nicotine spray contained in a spray to deliver nicotine to the user through their nostrils and rapidly absorbed by the nasal membranes inside the nose.

  • Popular Brands - NicoDerm CQ, Nicotrol, Nicorette, and Commit

Smoking Cessation Websites

The following websites are all good resources for smokers who want to quit, new non-smokers, and individuals wanting to help a smoker succeed at quitting. They offer helpful tips, information, social support, diversions from cravings, and reinforcement for one of the best decisions a smoker can make - to quit smoking.

QuitNet is an excellent resource for smoking cessation information and support. It features a "Q-Gaget" that keeps track of the number of days you have added to your life, the amount of money you saved, and the number of cigarettes that you have not smoked since you quit. It also offers chat rooms and bulletin boards.
Quit Smoking Support.com - This site provides quit smoking help, support, advice, products, and information, including bi-weekly e-mails with smoking cessation tips, a weekly newsletter, and a chat room.
Smokefree.gov - Smokefree.gov provides an online step-by-step cessation guide, information on local, state, and national telephone quitlines, an instant messaging service, and numerous publications that may be downloaded, printed, or ordered.
Smokefree Women - Learn about topics that interest women on how to quit smoking. Connect to advice through instant messages and telephone.
Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12-Step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all who seek freedom from nicotine addiction, including those already using other cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine. 

Tobacco & Nicotine Online Information

Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS) - TIPS is a division within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, one of the centers within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The site provides research, data, reports, educational materials, and guides to help quit using tobacco products.
Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium College Tobacco Prevention Resource - The College Tobacco Prevention Resource (CTPR) provides practical information, ideas, and guidance to assist college leaders with planning, implementing, and evaluating effective campus tobacco policies and programs.
Research Report Series: Nicotine Addiction - This NIDA research paper on nicotine addiction provides a thorough examination of the drug nicotine, how it works, medical consequences, and other relevant topics.