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How to Quit Smoking

Most people who smoke know that smoking is bad for their health and harmful to those around them. They know they should quit but they also know it's not easy. Most people who smoke have tried to quit before. Fortunately, there's lots of help available. The American Lung Association can help tobacco users figure out their reasons for quitting and then take the big step of quitting for good.

Learn Five Secrets to Quitting Smoking

Are you ready to quit? These five tips can help you on the path to success.

Know Your Reasons for Quitting

Why do you want to quit smoking? Knowing why you want to quit is an important step in the process of quitting and can help keep you motivated when it gets tough. Check out some common reasons people have for quitting smoking and start thinking about your most important reason.

Talk to a Doctor

Your doctor or other healthcare providers can be a key resource as you're trying to quit smoking. They can talk to you about medications to help you quit and put you in contact with local resources. Read questions and answers from a medical expert.

Understand What to Expect

Quitting smoking is a journey, not a single event. Knowing what to expect can help you along the way.

Get Help

Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. Stopping smoking can be tough but it’s easier when you’re not trying to do it all by yourself. The American Lung Association has lots of options to help smokers quit smoking for good.

  • Freedom From Smoking®
    The American Lung Association has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking through Freedom From Smoking. Available online, through group clinics and a self-help workbook, Freedom From Smoking teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help tobacco users end their addiction and become smokefree.
  • Quitter's Circle
    With a robust online community and mobile app, Quitter's Circle is a smoking cessation initiative. Developed in collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer, Quitter's Circle allows users to personalize a quit plan and access resources to connect with a healthcare provider about quitting, and encourages a circle of friends and family to lend support and encouragement along the way.
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Tips for Parents

Do you need help talking to your kids about smoking? We have tips on keeping your kids from smoking and encouraging them to quit if they've already started to smoke.


    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed February 25, 2019.

    Page Last Updated: July 12, 2019

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