Get help to quit smoking

Ready to quit smoking? There are a number of resources available to help you get started.
Help on the web
This website offers immediate assistance in the form of a step-by-step quit smoking guide, live help in the web, and the National Cancer Institute's instant messaging service.

The EX Plan
The EX Plan is a free quit smoking program that helps one re-learn their life without cigarettes. Before actually stopping smoking, those interested will be given skills and information necessary to make stopping successful. Alternative therapies including the electronic cigarette, hypnosis and laser therapy are also discussed.
Help by phone

National Cancer Institute quitline

1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
The National Cancer Institute's trained counselors are available to provide information and help with quitting in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Your state quitline

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Calling this toll-free number will connect you directly to your state quitline. All states have quitlines in place with trained coaches who provide information and help with quitting. Specific services and hours of operation vary from state to state.
Help in your neighborhood

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Calling this toll-free number can connect you to cessation services and other resources offered in your area.

NYC Department of Health
This site provides a list of smoking cessation programs in NYC by borough.

Smoking cessation coverage

You might be eligible to receive free or subsidized smoking cessation treatment if you ...

Receive Medicare benefits

Individual counseling, nicotine nasal spray, nicotine inhaler, and bupropion and varenicline, for 2 quit attempts per year.

Receive Medicaid benefits

Comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment for pregnant women. Coverage for all other adults varies by state. For information about your state's Medicaid coverage, click here:

Are enrolled in a state health insurance exchange

All plans are required to cover tobacco cessation treatment, but specific coverage varies by plan. You can check your insurance plan to find out what is covered.

Have health insurance through your employer

Private insurance exchanges in Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont are required to cover tobacco cessation treatment. For information about specific coverage in your state, click here: In other states, cessation coverage in private health insurance plans may vary by employer and/or plan. You can contact your insurance plan for information on cessation benefits.

Do not have health insurance

Many states and organizations offer free or low-cost services to help you quit smoking.

Other sites we like

This is a short list of websites with reliable information and resources for smoking cessation.

New York Presbyterian Hospital
This site provides information about joining a smoking cessation program, accessing educational classes and counseling, and nicotine replacement products.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
This page gives information about the smoking cessation programs available at MSKCC.

New York State Smokers' Quitline
This site offers information about the affects of smoking, free nicotine replacement therapy for eligible users, and access to an online community of other New Yorkers who have quit smoking. Further, the NY State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program has a telephone hotline for more support.
This site provides specific information about women's health issues (ex. pregnancy) and smoking and connects users with other smoke-free women.

This page provides introductory information on nicotine replacement products and other medications approved for smoking cessation.
This guide to the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health contains information about the harms of tobacco, the benefits of quitting smoking and free resources that are available to smokers who want to quit.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Pathways to Freedom is a downloadable booklet that addresses issues specific to African Americans. It includes success stories, testimonials and strategies to quit.

American Lung Association
To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking, which teaches skills and techniques proven to help smokers quit. This program is available as a group clinic, online program or self-help book. You can also speak to a cessation counselor at the Lung HelpLine.

Quit Tobacco - Make Everyone Proud
This educational campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense to help members of the military quit tobacco. Service members and veterans can learn more about tobacco cessation, develop a personalized plan for quitting, create a personal or public quit blog, and get live online help around the clock.

American Cancer Society
This Guide to Quitting Smoking contains a list of topics that smokers will find helpful, such as information about the mental and physical aspects of addiction.

American Heart Association
Along with helpful resources to quit smoking, users can learn about their risk for heart attack and high blood pressure.