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How to Quit Smoking

Tips for Parents

Do you need help talking to your kids about smoking? We have tips on keeping your kids from smoking and encouraging them to quit if they've already started to smoke.

Most smokers today know that smoking is bad for their health and harmful to people around them. They know they should quit but they also know it's going to be hard. Fortunately, there's lots of help available. The American Lung Association offers resources to help smokers figure out their reasons for quitting and then take the big step of quitting for good.

Learn Five Secrets to Quitting Smoking

Are you ready to quit? These five tips to help you on the path to success.

Know Your Reason to Quit

Why do you want to quit smoking? Knowing why you want to quit is an important step in the process of quitting. Check out some common reasons people have for quitting smoking and start thinking about your most important reason.

Talk to a Doctor

Your doctor can be a key resource as you're trying to quit smoking. He or she can talk to you about cessation medications and put you in contact with local resources. Read questions and answers from a medical expert.

Understand What to Expect

Quitting smoking is a journey, not a single event. Knowing what to expect can help you along the way.

Get Help

Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. Stopping smoking can be tough but smokers don't have to quit alone. The American Lung Association has lots of options to help smokers quit smoking for good.

  • Freedom From Smoking
    To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®. The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Freedom From Smoking® is available as a group clinic, an online program and a self-help book. You can also speak to a cessation counselor at the Lung HelpLine.
  • Quitter's Circle
    With a robust online community and mobile app, Quitter's Circle is a smoking cessation initiative. Developed in collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer, Quitter's Circle allows users to personalize a quit plan and access resources to connect with a healthcare provider about quitting, and encourages a circle of friends and family to lend support and encouragement along the way.

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    Questions about your lung health? Need help finding healthcare? Call 1-800-LUNGUSA.

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