If you’re thinking about quitting smoking or using tobacco (or are trying to convince someone else to quit), then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found the best Web sites to help you understand why you should quit smoking, determine the best way to do it, and find support to help you along the way and keep you from restarting.
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Even with the tremendous resources available to quit smoking, it remains extremely difficult. Luckily, there is a great deal of support for quitting smoking available both face-to-face and online.
- Check your county or city health department or hospital’s Web sites for smoking cessation support groups in your area.
- It’s not uncommon for someone who’s quit smoking to slip up and have a cigarette or dip, or even to relapse entirely. Scroll down to the end of this section for sites that can help you deal with slips and relapses.
- Keep in mind that not everyone you’ll encounter in online forums or support groups has the best of intentions or represents themselves accurately. Some people may claim that they used a remedy you’ve never heard of; be wary of those claims, especially if they include links to buy specific products.
To find a quit smoking support group in your area …
has a database of meetings throughout the United States and 30 other countries around the world. If there are no meetings in your area, use the “Starter Kit” link on the left to learn how to start one. NA also offers meetings via the Internet and telephone.
For online support to help you quit smoking …
is a site run by a Chicago-area smoking cessation teacher. This page is full of links to online smoking cessation forums.
National Cancer Institute
has a page of fact sheets that cover many aspects of life without smoking. Topics covered include handling irritability and frustration, getting through the morning without a cigarette and many more.
If you slip or relapse while you’re quitting smoking …
has short articles on managing cravings when you quit, and resources if you slip up.
has a “Reinforcement Library” to discourage relapses. The main message through these articles is “Never take another puff.”
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