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How to Quit Smoking or Using E-Cigarettes

How to Quit Smoking or Using E-Cigarettes
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Published: October 2018

If you or your child smokes cigarettes or uses other nicotine products, there are proven and effective methods of quitting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following quit tips for cigarette smoking, which can be applied to quitting any type of tobacco or nicotine product:

  • Write down why you want to quit. Knowing and remembering why will help you succeed in quitting.
     
  • Try to understand that it will take commitment and effort to quit. Nicotine is addictive and you will most likely experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal when trying to quit. Symptoms can include irritability, headaches, bad moods and cravings.
     
  • Learn about cessation products that can help. Nicotine replacement therapy products (e.g., gum, lozenges and patches) or non-nicotine cessation medications that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can be used to help quit smoking cigarettes and using other nicotine products. Remember, e-cigarettes are not FDA-approved cessation tools and contain potentially toxic ingredients.
     
  • Call for help. You can receive free resources and assistance to quit by calling the 1-800-QUIT-NOW quitline (1-800-784-8669) or by visiting CDC's Tips From Former Smokers. You can also talk to your doctor who can provide you with help and support. A trusted health care provider can offer counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, or other cessation medications that have proven effective in helping people quit. 

Azure Thompson, DrPH

Former Associate Director of Policy Research and Analysis

Dr. Thompson’s work focuses on tobacco use among young adults, women and racial/ethnic minorities. Her projects include the development of tobacco-related reports for general and policy audiences and research on tobacco use among young adults.