Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things you can do for your health. But if you've ever tried to quit, you know it can be tough to do. Don't give up — millions of people have succeeded in beating their addiction to tobacco, and you can too! This collection of links can help you get started.
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Websites for Quitters
The following websites are devoted exclusively to helping people quit smoking:
- Different people need different resources as they try to quit. The information and professional assistance available on this website can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker.The website was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. It includes an online step-by-step cessation guide, local and state telephone quitlines, NCI's national telephone quitline, NCI's instant messaging service, and publications that may be downloaded, printed, or ordered.
- Colorado QuitLine
- This website is devoted to giving smokers the help needed to stop smoking and is administered through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The QuitLine is available online and by telephone. Tobacco cessation coaches are available by phone 7 days/week at 1-800-784-8669.
- TobaccoFreeCO.org is a project of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. This website has a variety of resources to help smokers quit.
- The Enlightened Smoker, Smokers Freedom School
- Most smokers beat themselves up all the time about smoking, and if they don't, then someone around them will do it for them. But beating yourself up about smoking doesn't work! Has beating yourself up about your smoking worked in the past? Why should it work in the future? This website offers another approach to quitting that may work when other attempts to quit haven't.
Tips for Quitters
Should you try quitting "cold turkey" or go with counseling and a quit aid such as nicotine replacement, Zyban or Chantix? The following links will give you suggestions about how to get started:
- How to Quit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- This collection of quitting resources was assembled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information is available online, and free booklets are available by mail.
- Guide to Quitting Smoking, American Cancer Society
- General information on quitting smoking, including reasons to quit, nicotine replacement therapy and how to manage withdrawal and cravings.
- Smoking Cessation, Healthfinder.gov
- This collection of resources is generated by Healthfinder.gov, a guide to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Strategies and Skills for Quitting, WebMD
- When you plan your strategy for quitting tobacco, use the U.S. Surgeon General's five keys to quitting: get ready, get support, learn new skills and behaviors, get and use medication, and be prepared for relapse.
- Stop Smoking, American Lung Association
- Information on quitting, including general tips, the American Lung Association's "Freedom from Smoking" online program and nicotine replacement information.
Help for Pregnant Smokers
- Smokefree Women, National Cancer Institute
- Information about smoking and the importance of quitting for pregnant women.
- Women and Tobacco Use, American Lung Association
- These resources from the American Lung Association are specifically designed to help women.
Help for Smokeless-Tobacco Users
- Guide to Quitting Smokeless Tobacco, American Cancer Society
- These tips for quitting are specifically designed for smokeless-tobacco users and people who chew tobacco.
Help for Teens
- Smokefree Teen, National Cancer Institute
- This website offers help for teens who are ready to quit smoking or chewing.
Local Help for Quitters
- Step Free from Tobacco, Health District of Northern Larimer County
- This service of the Health District provides both one-on-one and group counseling to individuals, with sliding-scale fees. This program also serves local employee groups.
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