Quit Smoking

Healthy Men
About 434,000 Americans die each year from smoking. Smoking causes cancer, strokes, heart disease, and lung disease.

When you quit, you will:

  • Be healthier.
  • Have more energy.
  • Breathe easier.

Also, the people you live with will be healthier.

To be a successful quitter, you need to make a plan. Set a quit date and stick to it.

You can buy medicine, like nicotine gum, at the drugstore or visit your doctor to get a prescription for medicine to help you quit.

You can get help. Ask family, friends, and coworkers for support. Call the National Quitline at 1-800-QUITNOW (784-8669) or select www.smokefree.gov for help.

You can change your behaviors. When you get the urge to smoke, take a walk or talk to someone.

Don’t quit quitting. Many people try several times before they finally quit. Don’t give up.

Learn More

Good Information for Smokers
Tips on getting help with quitting

You Can Quit Smoking: Consumer Guide
Advice on the best ways to quit

You Can Quit Smoking: 5-Day Countdown
Help in preparing for a quit date

Page last reviewed December 2012
Internet Citation: Quit Smoking. Content last reviewed December 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/healthy-men/quitsmoking.html