Quit nicotine/tobacco or support someone in their quit attempt

Steps to effectively quit tobacco/nicotine
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Call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

For adults, the most effective way to quit cigarettes, vaping devices, or other tobacco products is to use FDA-approved medicines and coaching support together.  It takes most people multiple attempts to quit for good. Keep trying!  Follow these steps:

To start, plan ahead

  • Pick a quit date to stop smoking or vaping. Ideally, plan 2-4 weeks ahead, but you can start sooner if needed.
  • Use the time before your quit date to gradually cut back and to start making changes to your routine to help you handle withdrawal symptoms and triggers. Triggers are those certain times, places, people, or feelings that make you want to smoke or vape. Withdrawal symptoms are temporary and can last up to a week.

Talk to your doctor and ask your health plan about medicines to help you quit

  • A combination of FDA-approved medicines and coaching support can triple your chances of quitting for good.
  • Many medicines help with withdrawal symptoms and are not addictive. Some, like the nicotine patch or gum, are available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Call your health insurance plan to ask if it covers the cost of medicine and coaching to help you quit.
  • For example, MassHealth covers FDA-approved medicines and coaching.

Call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support and advice to help you quit

  • The Helpline provides free and confidential coaching in English and Spanish, and translation for other languages. Coaching is available through phone, web, and text. You may also be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy
  • You can call for confidential one-on-one support, to find out about in-person coaching sessions or stop-smoking groups in your area, to receive advice on medications, and how to find out if your insurance covers quit smoking/vaping services
  • You can now sign up on a computer or smartphone! The Helpline now offers online services. You can enroll online to get help with quit planning, and quit progress tracking through the Helpline website. You can also receive motivational text messages, emails, or instant messages, as well as appointment reminders

For healthcare providers

  • Encouraging your patients to quit smoking/vaping or using other tobacco products is one of the most important things you can do as a healthcare professional.
  • Refer patients to the QuitWorks program, a free, evidence-based referral service that connects patients with phone, web and text coaching through the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline to help them quit tobacco/nicotine. Patients enrolled may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

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