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Free Resources for Quitting Smoking

Want to help someone quit smoking? Get free tools, guides, and resources designed to help them quit smoking and remain smokefree.

Clear Horizons (2013)

For smokers over age 50.

If you are like most smokers older than 50, you have probably tried to quit before. You know that quitting smoking doesn’t just happen, and you know that it is difficult. You might think that you will quit someday, or maybe you think that it is too late for you to quit. It is never too late to quit. Quitting has benefits at all ages.

Cigar Smoking and Cancer (2010)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

All tobacco products are harmful and cause cancer, including cigars. There is no safe level of tobacco use. People who use any type of tobacco product should are encouraged to quit.

Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting (2014)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

Smoking has been found to harm nearly every bodily organ and organ system in the body and diminishes a person’s overall health. Data shows that people who quit smoking, regardless of their age, are less likely to die from smoking-related illness than those who continue to smoke.

How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide to Quit Smoking (2010)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

Studies have shown that about half of smokers report experiencing at least four withdrawal symptoms (such as anger, anxiety, or depression) when they quit. People have reported other symptoms, including dizziness, increased dreaming, and headaches. The good news is that there is much you can do to reduce cravings and manage common withdrawal symptoms.

'Light' Cigarettes and Cancer Risk (2010)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

Light cigarettes are no safer than regular cigarettes. Tar exposure from a light cigarette can be just as high as that from a regular cigarette if the smoker takes long, deep, or frequent puffs. The bottom line is that light cigarettes do not reduce the health risks of smoking, and there is no such thing as a safe cigarette.

Myths about NRT Fact Sheet (2007)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can double a smoker’s chances of quitting smoking. The likelihood of staying quit for more than six months is increased when a smoker uses NRT according to directions. However, there are many incorrect myths that may influence smokers away from considering NRT when quitting.

Secondhand Smoke and Cancer (2011)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

Secondhand smoke is associated with disease and premature death in nonsmoking adults and children. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even low levels can be harmful. The only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke is to completely eliminate smoking in indoor spaces.

Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer (2010)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. It can cause cancer and a number of noncancerous oral conditions and can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence.

Where to Get Help When You Decide to Quit Smoking (2010)

For smokers and non-smokers looking to learn about the health impact of smoking.

Talk to your doctor, dentist, pharmacist, or other health care provider about the proper use and potential side effects of nicotine replacement products and other medicines to quit smoking. NCI’s Smokefree.gov also offers science-driven tools, information, and support that has helped smokers quit. You will find state and national resources, free materials, and quitting advice from NCI.

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