Quit Smoking

Is it time to quit smoking? Maybe you’ve tried before and found it was hard. Most people try several times to quit before they succeed.

Cigarettes are habit forming. Tobacco companies make them that way so you will keep buying them. Don’t let tobacco companies get rich off of you—stop them in their game.

With the proper support and information, you CAN quit. Some people quit cold turkey (all at once). Others do it by slowly cutting back on cigarettes.

However you decide to quit, remember you are not alone. The Alliance wants to support you. See your doctor about getting a prescription for various drugs and products that help lessen the body’s dependence on tobacco. You may also get phone support from the California Smokers’ Helpline.

Smoking: You and Others

If you smoke, now is a good time to quit, for yourself and for the ones nearest to you. Smoking can cause problems and diseases, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Wrinkles
  • Bad breath
  • Yellow teeth

Helpful Hints for Quitting

  • Try to stay away from people who smoke or places where you would go to smoke.
  • Throw away your cigarettes, matches, lighters, and ashtrays.
  • Wash your clothes and clean your house and car to get rid of the tobacco smell.
  • Always hold something in your hand, like a pen or straw.
  • When you feel like lighting up, chew gum or suck on a mint.
  • Keep busy. Wash your car, do housework, paint, play basketball…whatever it takes to keep you from lighting up.
  • Cigarettes are expensive. Think about what you will do with the money you save by not smoking.

Use California Smokers’ Helpline

Website: http://www.nobutts.org/

Phone Number: 
English 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
Spanish 1-800-45-NO-FUME (1-800-456-6386)
Mandarin & Cantonese 1-800-838-8917
Vietnamese 1-800-778-8440
Korean 1-800-556-5564
TDD/TTY 1-800-933-4TDD (1-800-993-4833)
Chewing Tobacco 1-800-844-CHEW (1-800-844-2439)


The flyers below offer helpful tips on how to quit smoking.