Smoking Cessation: Tools to Help You Quit

Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it’s never too late to start making the transition to a healthier lifestyle. Use these helpful tools and resources to take the first step.

  • Talk to your doctor about nicotine-release products – Nicotine products such as patches or gums can greatly improve efforts to quit smoking when applied correctly. Be sure to talk with your doctor about the recommended strength of the product as heavy smokers should generally start with the strongest amount and decrease intensity over time.
  • Online Programs – The American Lung Association offers “Freedom from Smoking Online“ – an online program that makes the transition to quitting a gradual process. The best part of this program is that it’s easily accessible online and works on any schedule you choose.
  • Local support groups – You can find additional local support from the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project with a list of online resources. To find more, visit their website.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.