It's Not Too Late to Make Good on Your New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking

(February 24, 2011)

Millions of Americans like you or someone you love resolve to quit smoking in the New Year and are often unsuccessful, leaving them feeling alienated, frustrated and often discouraged. What they may not know is that six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking.1

The American Lung Association’s message to those having difficulty trying to quit: Don’t quit on yourself. It’s not too late to renew your resolve to stop smoking this spring.

Helping more Americans quit smoking remains a top public health priority for the American Lung Association. The Lung Association’s “Quitter in You” campaign is made possible though funding from Pfizer Inc. It is designed to change the way Americans look at quitting smoking by acknowledging that past quit attempts aren’t failures or wasted efforts, but are normal and sometimes necessary steps along the way toward quitting.

Take the Right Steps to Improve Your Life

“Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve his or her health. Unfortunately, many people try to quit cold turkey and don’t seek out the help they need in advance to successfully quit,” said Mary Ella Douglas, smoking cessation expert at the American Lung Association.

What can you do to stop smoking? Visit for a number of proven resources that have helped more than a million Americans quit smoking, including:

  • Freedom From Smoking® Online - Check out this online smoking cessation program ( from the American Lung Association which helps smokers work through the problems and process of quitting and provides interaction with other smokers from across the country.
  • Freedom From Smoking® Group Clinic - This American Lung Association program offers the same quitting process as the online program but is offered in a group setting. Participants in Freedom From Smoking® develop a personalized step-by-step plan to quit smoking.
  • Lung HelpLine - Call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872) to receive smoking cessation counseling and one-on-one support from registered nurses and registered respiratory therapists.

Call 1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872) for more information on utilizing these resources.

“Each time you try to quit smoking, you learn a little more about the quitter in you. You become a little wiser about what to do and not do the next time. With each attempt, the American Lung Association is here to provide expert support and proven resources that more than one million people have used to try to quit smoking,” Ms. Douglas continued.

Why Quit?

Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 lives each year in the United States, including those affected indirectly such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of "secondhand" exposure to tobacco’s carcinogens.2

Now is a great time to make good on your New Year’s resolution and discover the “Quitter in You.”


  1. ALA Survey. Research Highlights
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses — United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. November 14, 2008; 57(45):1226–28. Accessed January 12, 2011.