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Smoking Cessation Self Management: Tools For Quitting

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Tips From Former Smokers: The TIPS™ Campaign is a national tobacco education campaign profiling real people living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. The resource also provides an overview for patients to learn the various diseases that smoking may cause.  

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How To Quit: This resource contains information on the benefits of smoking, quit tips and links to additional government and other resource for those who desire to quit smoking.

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I'm Ready to Quit!: The following resource has information on developing a quit plan, managing cravings, finding social support and access to free text messaging programs.

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Government Resources: The following link contains a variety of additional resources to assist patients in smoking cessation.

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Smokefree.gov is a patient-friendly website providing assistance to patients who wish to quit smoking. Patients are able best prepare for their quit attempt by creating a personalized quit plan, which allows the patient to download, print and add the plan to their online calendars. Patient who are thinking about quitting can also sign up for a Practice Quit Program that provides tips and support through 1, 3 or 5 day smoke-free programs or daily challenges via text messaging. Other resources available include information on using nicotine replacement therapy, access to experts, as well as a variety of articles. 

Click here for access to smokefree.gov



Calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW directly connects patients to their state quitline. Quitlines are toll-free centers staffed by trained smoking cessation experts. The patient will have access to free coaching, quit plans, educational materials and referrals to local resources.


American Cancer Society

Guide to Quitting Smoking: The American Cancer Society provides a variety of resources to assist patients in their quit attempt. Information available includes overcoming tobacco addiction through making a quit plan, assisting with withdrawal symptoms, pharmacological treatment options, and alternative quit methods

Click here for this guide.


American Lung Association

I Want To Quit: The American Lung Association provides information to assist patients in identifying their reasons for quitting, what to expect and tips for preparing to quit. Patients can also gain access to information regarding the American Lung Association’s sponsored programs including Freedom From Smoking® and Quitter’s Circle.

Click here for this link.


Quit Smoking Programs and Support Groups

Nicotine Anonymous (NicA): Patients can identify local NicA groups by calling 1-877-879-6422 or http://nicotine-anonymous.org/. Other support groups may be found through American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, local health departments, wellness centers, hospitals or employers.


Rx for Change

Rx for Change program is a comprehensive tobacco cessation training program for health professionals through the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). This program contains a variety of supplemental handouts to assist patients in their quit attempt. Examples include

  • Tobacco Use Log - Assists patients in identifying triggers
  • Withdrawal Symptoms Information Sheet - Includes causes, duration and tips to relieve common withdrawal symptoms
  • Planning for Change: Thinking About Quitting - Facilitates the self-directed identification of why they smoke, why quitting is important, difficulties with past quit attempts, barriers to quitting, and choosing a quit date.

The information is free and accessible with completion of the online registration process.

Click here for access to the Rx for Change Program


Quitters Circle (Pfizer, American Lung Association)

This site provides unique resources for providers to share with patients to help them quit smoking. 

Click here for this link.



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