7 Resources for People Trying to Quit Smoking!

Stop SmokingThe Great American Smokeout (GASO) starts today! The Smokeout is an opportunity to help cigarette smokers take an important step towards health by putting down the butt and setting a “quit day.”

Smoking cessation is hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can increase your changes of succeeding by developing a plan and taking advantage of community resources and support. Some tobacco cessation resources available to Hampton Roads residents include:

  1. Smoke Free Virginia
    This site provides Virginia residents with information about smoking cessation programs and resources in their communities.  Callers can access free Quit Coaches and a Quit Plan.  All tobacco users that are ready to quit within 30 days can receive a comprehensive counseling intervention.
    1-800-QUIT-NOW
    www.smokefreevirginia.org
  2. American Cancer Society
    The Kick the Habit program provides a variety of resources to help you quit including quit guides, quizzes, and free expert advice from a QuitLine tobacco cessation phone counselor.
    1-800-ACS-2345 or 1-800-QUIT-NOW for tobacco cessation assistance in Virginia
    www.cancer.org
  3. American Lung Association
    The Freedom from Smoking online program takes the user through seven modules starting with assessing your readiness to quit, learning about your habit, the benefits of quitting, preparing for your quit day, and how you can remain smoke free.
    1-800-LUNGUSA
    www.ffsonline.org
  4. American Heart Association
    The Web site offers resources and information to help you quit smoking including publications you can download.  Individuals can also receive a packet of information by mail to help them quit by calling 1-800-242-8721.
    www.americanheart.org
  5. QuitNet
    A free comprehensive online resource that offers tools and support to help you quit.  The site offers personal quitting tools, self-assessments, a medication guide and online support from other QuitNet members.  It also includes a national directory of local smoking cessation programs.
    www.quitnet.com
  6. Smokefree.Gov
    The National Institutes of Health Web site features “Live Help” which connects smokers with a smoking cessation counselor via Instant Messaging.  Individuals also have access to printed resources that they can view online or order.
    1-877-44U-QUIT (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smoking)
  7. MyBonSecours
    Go to www.mybonsecours.com for a wealth of information on tobacco cessation.  By clicking the myhealth library tab, you can find information, interactive tools and resources to help you quit.

Need more resources? Read more articles about the dangers of smoking and how to put down the lighter for good.

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