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Why go it alone?

While most of today's ex-smokers quit cold turkey - without any help - that's the hardest way to do it. Today, there's no reason to go that way. Get help to greatly reduce the hardship and improve your chances for long-term cessation. Here's an updated, comprehensive list of links to
the finest, FREE, effective cessation assistance available.

Best free online stop smoking help listing - since 2003


1800QuitNow - US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute offering tobacco cessation support, quit plans, quit coaches, etc. for those who understand the importance of stopping smoking with help.

4 - The official, national woman's health information site for quitting smoking. on Smoking Cessation - Ways to keep your mind and hands busy when first butting out and other helpful stuff.

A Breath of Fresh Air  - Excellent resources to help anyone stop smoking.

ACLS Online Library - Tobacco Resources Online - Fact Sheets. Tobacco Use Facts and Fact Sheets. Tobacco Health Facts. Tobacco Facts and Fact sheets. This is a very complete, up-to-dat resource of facts related to tobacco use. Thanks Cathy!

Action on Smoking and Health - Find out about smoking from ASH. 

Agency For Health Care  - The You Can Quit Smoking kit is a guideline product designed to help smokers become tobacco-free. Available in English, Spanish, and easy-to-read formats.

American Lung Association, The - Educational information about the effect of smoking on your lungs.

Arizona Smokers' Helpline - A Quitting Guide to help you kick the habit - Helpful hints and tools to help you throughout the quitting process, including information to help you understand what happens to your mind and body during the quitting process. Includes fact sheets and information about nicotine replacement products available. 

Action on Smoking and Health - (ASH) A U.S. non-smokers' rights group and information centre.

American Lung Association - The American Lung Association® actively fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.

American Psychiatric Association - Treatment advice & direction to help you stop smoking.

American Psychological Association - Learn to deal with stress associated with cigarette smoking?

Bob's Place - Extensive quitting smoking information. You'll see there's more to quitting smoking than quitting smoking. - Watch a New Yorker quit smoking for a week.

COPD Answers - The COPD Recovery Guide for Smokers. An extensive, well laid out resource from

Canadian Council for Tobacco Control - The Canadian Council on Smoking and Health - Contains a wealth of cessation information.

CancerNet News - Some useful facts and tips for quitting smoking.

Cigarette Smoking - Practical info for those ready - or nearly ready to quit smoking

Cognitive Quitting - Based on the premise that, as smoking is a habit driven by unconscious behaviors, once those behaviors are changed, long-term cessation can be achieved.

Cold Turkey Quit Smoking Support Group - Plenty of motivation, education and support to quit smoking

Control Your Weight As You Quit Smoking - An illustrated guide on how to quit smoking without gaining weight,  health risks of smoking, the benefits of quitting and what you can do to avoid gaining weight when you quit smoking and much, much more.

Dr. John Grohol's Psych Central - Providing reliable & free mental health, support and psychology information and resources. Online since 1992.

Dr Koop: Tackling Tobacco Abuse - Premium advice from Dr. Koop. - Proven steps to help you to stop smoking.

FindHelp  - Foundation for Innovations in Nicotine Dependence (FIND) is a nonprofit corporation established to educate, advocate, research, and assist in the treatment of nicotine dependence.

Fight the Good Fight - Quit Smoking Now - Advice on quitting smoking by author Michael E. Reilly - based on knowledge gathered in online support groups during Michael's fight against the addiction.

FlavaSticks - Smoking Cessation - An interesting substitute for cigarettes, gum and candy.

Freedom From Smoking Online - The American Lung Association's popular, online smoking cessation program. Brief, yet useful.

Guide for Quitting Smoking - Brief guidance from the American Cancer Society.

Health Effects of Smoking Among Young People - Brought to you by the U.S. CDC.

Healthline - Well-done interactive infographic detailing the effects of tobacco smoke on the body. Thanks Maggie!

Healthmart Pharmacy - Their Wellness Center offers extensive, practical information on important health topics.

Healthtouch - Quit Smoking Articles - Free reprints of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) pamphlets.

How to Fight Teen Smoking - Great info from the American Cancer Society

How to Quit Smoking - U.S. Department of Health presents this 5600 word online book on how to stop smoking.

Installations Plus: How to Stop Smoking - A psycho-physiological plan that attempts to break both the behavioral and physical habits of smoking.

Is Someone You Know Trying to Quit? - Brought to you by the Nursing Center for Tobacco Intervention - Guidelines and consumer guide for quitting smoking.

Joel's Quit Smoking Library - Almost 100-article library of stop smoking information. Available to all smokers by Joel Spitzer, a prominent smoking cessation teacher for 30 years.

Let It Pass - Chang the way you think about cigarettes with these often humorous or thought-provoking essays and graphics. - Nicotine Dependence - A Leading Online Quit Smoking Resource

Medicine Net - Bringing trusted doctors information to you with up-to-date smoking cessation information.

Medline Plus - Trusted smoking cessation information and advice.

Medranks - Ranks the best online health information and resources.

Mesothelioma - - The world's leading Mesothelioma Cancer Resource

Men's Health at - Top tips and point-form information to help you to quit smoking.

National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as world cessation authority.

New York State Smokers Quit-site - Fantastic, free quit kit. 

Online Health Resources - Directory of quit smoking resource and groups.

Oral Health Problems Caused By Smoking A fresh mouth can really help when you first stop smoking. Good info. (Thanks Anthony)

Oxygen Concentrator, The - Doctor Donnelly rates and reviews advanced portable oxygen concentrators..

Quit4Life - Canadian government & voluntary sponsors, designed to help Canadian youth quit smoking cigarettes.

QuitNet - Launched in 1995, QuitNet is one of the Web's original quit smoking sites. Operates in association with Boston University School of Public Health.

Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Information About Tobacco - An excellent resource packed with links and information about smoking.

QuitSmokingOnline - Free 10-step online course.

Quit Smoking Cigarettes - A personal story: "My 27 year battle with tobacco addiction", plus many links.

Quit Smoking Journals - An online diary site designed to help people to quit smoking and maintain their long-term quit.

Quit Smoking - American Association of Respiratory Care offers tips and suggestions to stop smoking.

Quit Smoking Community - Lots of info on smoking and its effects. (Thanks Ariel) - Extensive quit smoking information and tips to quit.

Quit Victoria - Quit smoking advice including disease information, support programs, Q&As on tobacco, educational materials for schools and loads of links.

Resources for living with C.O.P.D. - A common result of smoking and how to deal with it.

Second Hand Smoke - New findings show it's a huge health risk.

Smokefree - New site from NHS in the UK. Good layout. Very informative. - Another government online guide to quitting smoking.

Smoking -  From the National Center for Health Statistics - data on smokers in the U.S.

Smoking Cessation - Useful tips and education about giving up cigarettes. Thanks Kara

Smoking: Don't Give Up Giving Up - Brought to you by the NHS in the U.K.

Smoking Cessation Articles - Smoking cessation methods for different types of smokers. Q. & A. includes: Why do you smoke?; What happens when you quit?; How addicted to nicotine are you?; Quitting smoking: is it all in your head?; What to do when you've said "I've tried everything!"?; and more. Includes daily tips to help you quit; general tips and advice and more.


Smoking Quitbook - Includes motivational materials, useful tips on confronting cravings, the four step quit process, being successful, and coping with setbacks.

Stop Smoking Center, The - A completely free Smoking Cessation program that includes interactive tools and a professionally moderated quit smoking support group. - A University-based stop smoking information center. Online pamphlets packeded with advice on: considering quitting; planning to quit; preparing for the day; staying smoke-free; dealing with relapse. Also online questionnaire, and free access to help from experts.

Teens Against Tobacco Use - Sponsored by the American Lung Association

Tips4Youth - From the Tobacco Information & Prevention Source at the U.S. CDC

Tips for Gaining Freedom From Nicotine - A list of tips from Nicotine Anonymous to use prior to quitting smoking, during your first days of freedom, and for remaining smoke-free for good.

Tobacco Cessation Guideline - Stopping smoking from the U.S. Surgeon General

Tobacco Control Program - Health Canada's anti-tobacco activities and direction.

Truth About Tobacco, The - An anti-tobacco assembly program for middle and high schools - Provides a comprehensive package of proven scientific methods to help you stop smoking and offers expert information and peer support.

UMHS - How to Stop Smoking - Practical advice & compelling reasons for quitting smoking, from the University of Michigan Health System.

University of Wisconsin - River Falls - Information About Tobacco - Excellent listing of tobacco prevention and smoking cessation links.

WebMD - Plenty of very useful stop smoking and associated health information.

Weight Control Information Network - Help to control your weight as you quit smoking.

What are the most effective ways to stop cigarette smoking? - In-depth self-help article, featuring different factors that keep people smoking, and gives tips on how to deal with each one.

Who Me Stop Smoking Again? - Another good self-help article. Covers tips on attitude and on where to find help.

WhyQuit - One of the net's leading quit smoking resources!

Yahoo Smoking Cessation Health Center - An extensive collection of information to help you to quit smoking.

You Can Control Your Weight As You Quit Smoking - Pamphlet with tips on avoiding weight gain and quitting smoking.

You Can Quit Smoking - A top consumer's guide to help you to stop smoking. (Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence)

You Can Quit Smoking II - Spotlight on various methods for quitting; facts about smoking, quitting and not gaining weight; how to avoid relapse; questions to think about.

Now You Can Do It!

Telephone Help Lines




AlbertaSmokers’ Help Line: 1-866-332-2322
Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission
Notes: Available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 7 days a week.

British Columbia
Quitnow by phone: 1-877-455-2233
Notes: Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Smokers' Helpline: 1-877-513-5333
Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division
Notes: Available from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday (voicemail available).
New BrunswickSmokers’ Helpline: 1-877-513-5333
Canadian Cancer Society, New Brunswick Division
Notes: Available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday (voicemail available).

Newfoundland and Labrador
Smokers’ Helpline: 1-800-363-5864
Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association
Notes: Available from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday (voicemail available).

Nova Scotia
Smokers’ Helpline: 1-877-513-5333
Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division
Notes: Available from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday (voicemail available).
NunavutSmokers' Helpline: 1-866-877-3845
Government of Nunavut
Notes: Available from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Smokers' Helpline: 1-877-513-5333
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
Notes: Available from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday (voicemail available).

Prince Edward Island
Smokers' Helpline: 1-888-818-6300
Canadian Cancer Society, Prince Edward Island Division
Notes: Available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday (voicemail available).
QuebecLa ligne j'arrête: 1-866-527-7383
Notes: Available from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday (voicemail available).

Ligne Poumons 9: 1-888-768-6669 extension 232
Association pulmonaire du Québec
Notes: Available from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Smokers' Helpline: 1-877-513-5333
Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan Division
Notes: Available from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday and 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday (voicemail available).

Quitnow by phone: 1-800-661-0408 ext: 8393
Government of Yukon
Notes: Message should be left.


U.S. Quit Lines

Call from anywhere: 1-877-44U-QUIT

* Smoking cessation counselors from the National Cancer Institute are available to answer smoking-related questions in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.


Help within your state: 1-800-QUITNOW


Help from National Organizations

National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) / TTY 1-800-332-8615

American Cancer Society (ACS)

American Lung Association

Now You Can Do It!


Health Canada Quit Smoking Info    CDC Smoking and Tobacco Use   Surgeon General Tobacco Cessation - 
You Can Quit Smoking Now!    British NHS Stop Smoking Info