Want to stop using tobacco?

Kentucky Resources

Call A Quitline - "Quit Now Kentucky" - Call for free one-on-one help from cessation specialists/coaches 8:00 AM-1:00 AM, 7 days/week.  Also learn about local services/classes.  If you are pregnant, call to see how you may get paid for speaking with a coach.  Free nicotine gum, lozenges, or patches may be available.  1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669); Spanish, 1-855-Dejelo-Ya (1-855-335-3569)

Get Text Messages to Quit - SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults across the United States who are trying to quit smoking.  The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit.  To sign up SmokefreeTXT.

Free App to Quit - quitSTART is a free app made for teens who want to quit smoking, but adults can use it too.  This app takes the information you provide about your smoking history and gives you tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges to help you become smokefree and live a healthier life.  To learn more about this app quitSTART and download.

 

Use Web Sites
www.QuitNowKentucky.org"Quit Now Kentucky" lets you sign up online or by phone 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
www.smokefree.govSmokefree.gov provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.

www.BecomeAnEX.org

BecomeAnEX is a free three-step plan to re-learn life without cigarettes and quit smoking for good.  EX will help you pick your smoking apart into little pieces you can tackle one by one.  Once you begin, you'll start to look at quitting smoking not as one huge war, but as a series of small battles you can actually see yourself winning.
www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tipsResources from the Centers for Disease Control, with videos/tips from former smokers.
www.QuitterInYou.orgHelp from the American Lung Association and Wellpoint
LiveHelp.cancer.gov

National Cancer Institute's LiveHelp confidential text chat feature is available online 8:00 AM-11:00 PM Eastern time.  Choose "Live Chat" on the page.

In Spanish:  www.cancer.gov/espanol/contactenos

www.ucanquit2.orgThis expansive, interactive web site is offered to enlisted active-duty military personnel by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and TRICARE.

 

Stop Smoking Sessions

  • "Plan to Be Tobacco Free" is a free one-hour session from Kentucky Cancer Program.  It helps individuals prepare and plan for a quit attempt, including making a plan to quit.  Local KCP staff tobacco treatment navigators present the session to groups including, businesses, organizations, and churches.  For information, call your local KCP office or KCP at 1-877-326-1134.
  • Freedom From SmokingR helps adult smokers quit smoking.  The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit.  Freedom From Smoking is available as a group clinic, an online program, and a self-help book.

 

Ask Your Doctor - Ask your doctor, dentist, pharmacist, or other health care provider for help.  They can provide counseling, referrals, and recommend/prescribe medications that are right for you.

Medications can help reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and make it easier to stop using tobacco.  These include nicotine replacement products - the patch, gum, lozenges - and prescription drugs, varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban).

Research has shown that if you receive counseling, along with the medications, you will be more successful in your quit attempt.

 

Check Your Insurance Coverage

Coverage for tobacco cessation was expanded under the Affordable Care Act.  Check with your health insurance company to learn about your benefits for quit attempts.