I Want To Quit Smoking
Are you ready to commit to quitting smoking? That's half the battle. Now that you're taking this big step, we have lots of help available. Our proven tools, tips and support can help you end your addiction to tobacco and begin a new, smokefree phase of your life.
Reasons to Quit
Every smoker has his or her own personal motivation for quitting. Here are some common reasons.
Benefits of Quitting
As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. See the health benefits you'll experience starting as soon as 20 minutes after you quit.
How to Quit
Don't know where to begin? We have resources to help you get ready and then take the big step of quitting for good. Get started now!
What to Expect
Quitting smoking is a journey, not a single event. See what challenges you should prepare for and get answers to common questions about quitting smoking.
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Are you ready to quit now? We're here to help. For over 35 years, the American Lung Association has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking through Freedom From Smoking.
Talking to Your Doctor
Your doctor can be a key resource as you're trying to quit smoking. He or she can talk to you about medications to help you quit and put you in contact with local resources. Healthcare providers can help with information and support you need to live smokefree. They may help you craft your own quit plan, offer methods to prevent slip-ups, or walk through the pros and cons of nixing nicotine. Doctors or healthcare providers often stick with you throughout your quit journey by scheduling follow up visits or phone calls. Remember, healthcare professionals are not there to judge—they're there to help you in any way you need to achieve a smokefree life.
On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that all public housing agencies must implement smokefree policies throughout all residential units and common areas by July 31, 2018. The American Lung Association, with support from the Anthem Foundation, will work closely with public housing agencies and non-profit partners in select communities to provide free or low-cost quit smoking resources for public housing residents. See how we can quit better together.
Helping Communities Quit Smoking
Smoking is an addiction and as most smokers know, quitting isn't easy. Some groups have higher smoking rates including the African American community, where over 20 percent of adults report that they currently use tobacco. And African Americans have a harder time quitting because of aggressive, targeted marketing campaigns promoting mentholated tobacco products and a lack of access to affordable quit smoking resources. With support from the CVS Health Foundation, we’re working to address this disparity and improve health equity in the United States. The American Lung Association and the National Urban League have partnered to provide free quit smoking support to communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. Learn more.
Page Last Updated: October 1, 2018