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Quit Guide: Preparing to Quit

Other Support

  1. Your state has a toll-free telephone quitline. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get one-on-one help quitting, support and coping strategies, and referrals to resources and local cessation programs.

  2. Visit the National Cancer Institute's Web site at or contact NCI's Smoking Quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT. offers science-driven tools, information, and support that has helped smokers quit. You will find state and national resources, free materials, and quitting advice from the National Cancer Institute and its partners.

  3. More and more workplaces have help for workers who want to quit. Some offer quit-smoking clinics and support on the job. Others will pay for outside programs for their workers. Ask at work about the choices open to you.

  4. Your doctor may know about a quit-smoking program or support group near you.
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In the Quit Guide...
Thinking about quitting
Why quit?
What's in a cigarette?
Reasons for quitting
Why is quitting so hard?
Preparing to quit
The basic steps
Medicines that can help
•Other support
Steps on quit day
Managing cravings
Withdrawal symptoms
What to do if you slip
Staying quit
Sticking with it
Resources if you slip