Resources To Help Quit Smoking

The pull of nicotine is so incredibly strong that most people are tricked into thinking they can never be free of it. However, there is so much support out there to help you beat the temptation to smoke. We know that you’d like to be there when your grandchild is born or when your child says, “I do.” We have compiled a list of resources that will help you quit smoking to increase your chances of living longer. Remember: Every cigarette you DON’T smoke is tacking valuable time onto your life. Even if you’ve tried quitting many times before and failed, that doesn’t mean you won’t succeed now!

Support Groups Blogs Tips

Support Groups

  • Become an EX Smoker- This resource teaches you how to relearn life without cigarettes. Can you remember what that was like? The blog offers a three-step plan, community support, and tips for how to stay an ex.
  • Community Support Groups – Stop Smoking Simplified – This resource provides a list of support networks all over the United States. Whether it’s by attending regular meetings or making some phone calls, you’ll be able to find valuable support no matter where you live!
  • Smoke Busters Just 4U – This forum offers helpful advice for those who never want to pick up a cigarette again. It is for both “smokeless wonders and wannabees” looking to connect.
  • Smoking Cessation Forum – About.com offers this forum filled with participating people just like yourself. Read about other people’s experiences trying to quit and post some experiences of your own. This resource is valuable in that you can easily gain a community of people who know what you’re going through and are there to push you along. 
  • Stop Smoking Center – This resource offers advice and the help that you’ll need to get through the rough spots in your journey to quit smoking. The support group is moderated by trained health educators.

Blogs

  • Bob Quits – Follow 28 days in the life of Bob as he first prepares to quit smoking and then becomes successful. Like many of you, Bob has tried to quit in the past, but this time he’s taking it very seriously. Hopefully you’ll be able to adopt some of the positive behaviors that Bob performs to squash his urge to smoke.
  • I Can Quit! - The Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition provides this blog with the intentions of saving lives, protecting residents from secondhand smoke, prevention, reducing youth tobacco use, and improving cessation services. Readers are encouraged to leave comments so that other people can know the real (and manageable) struggles that come along with quitting.
  • MayoClinic.com – Mayo Clinic behavioral counselor Jennifer A. Kern writes this blog on how to quit. She offers convincing reasons to quit, such as smoking functioning as a distraction from moving on with your life. 
  • Nonsmoking Nation – This blog is devoted to the way smoking impacts the United States and the world. The blog reports interesting findings concerning smoking, such as secondhand smoke being linked to breast cancer and the scientific suggestion that smoking actually thins out the brain.
  • Quit Smoking for Good Blog – This blog is written by an ex-smoker who started smoking at the age of twelve. After smoking for 22 years, the blogger has experienced a number of failed attempts to quit smoking, but wants to encourage readers that it is possible. You must be fully devoted, however.

Tips

  • Healthfinder.gov – This resource offers some valuable education about the adverse health benefits associated with smoking. If these give you enough motivation to quit, the website provides you ways to take action now!
  • Smokefree.gov – This resource provides you with ways to quit smoking and stick with it. Read on for how to keep your guard up, fight the urges, keep upbeat, and reward yourself for not smoking.
  • Smoking – tips on how to quit- The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health offers these tips that will help you fight the urge to smoke. By putting the money you save on cigarettes in a jar at the end of every day, you’ll quickly have enough money to reward yourself for your efforts. 
  • Smoking and How to to Quit – Womenshealth.gov offers this valuable resource, which helps enforce your decision to quit and then helps you to feel great about it. In addition to solid tips to help you quit smoking, the website provides links to helpful publications.
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers this valuable resource, which has five valuable quit tips. One important suggestion is to write down why you want to quit so you have the motivation right in front of you that will make you more likely to succeed. 
  • Tobacco Cessation – You Can Quit Smoking Now! – The Office of the Surgeon General offers some of the latest information to help people quit smoking. Browse this website to find speeches, press releases, surgeon general reports, and more about the benefits of quitting smoking and how to go about it!
  • Why Quit – This resource gives real-world solutions to quit smoking and suggests why many people turn back to smoking after only a short time after quitting. The website encourages those people who have smoked for decades that you’re never too old to quit!