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Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is a program designed by the American Lung Association to help teens who want to quit smoking. It is the most researched, most widely used and most successful such program in the United States.

Key Features of N-O-T:

  • Allows teens to volunteer to participate: no coercion.
  • Includes group activities, discussions, journaling, and role-playing.
  • Has separate activities for boys and girls.
  • Uses a total-health approach: offers advice on healthy behaviors, stress management, and life skills.
  • Consists of 10 sessions and can be used in schools or community settings.
  • Is based on more than 10 years of research and evaluation
  • Is proven effective: has a 21% quit rate, higher than any other similar program.

N-O-T helps teens understand why they smoke and helps them develop the skills, confidence, and support they need to quit. Teens learn also the skills they need to tackle tough problems such as nicotine withdrawal, cravings to smoke, and peer pressure to continue smoking. The program is facilitated by American Lung Association certified facilitators.


To learn more about bringing N-O-T to your school, contact your local program specialist:

Bakersfield: Tamira Smith Lopez at 661-282-3297

Fresno: Susie Rico-Vasquez at 559-772-3100

Greater Bay Area: Laura Fultz Stout at 510-982-3151

Los Angeles / Orange County / Ventura: Zoila Reyna at 310-735-9179

Sacramento: Renee Sankus at 916-585-7675

San Diego: Lisa Archibald at 619-683-7514

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