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Tips for Quitting

Remember why you’re here. You will be more successful at quitting smoking if you create a plan. Here are some things you can add to your checklist to get started:
Quit Date

Quit Date

Set a date to quit.

Ditch the Products

Ditch the Products

Get all tobacco and vaping products out of your house.

Stay Smoke-free

Stay Smoke-free

Avoid places where you used to smoke or vape.

Get Support

Get Support

Take advantage of approved quit medications such as nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges.

Write It Out

Write It Out

Write down the reasons why you are quitting.

Stay Strong

Stay Strong

Learn to fight cravings when they strike.

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Fighting Cravings

Remember why you’re here. You’re going to be more successful at quitting smoking if you create a plan. Here are some things you can add to your checklist to get started:

  • Make an effort to avoid socializing when others are smoking or vaping since it will make you crave a cigarette or vape even more.
  • If you have a trigger that gets you craving that cigarette or vape, like drinking your morning cup of coffee or driving in a car, try mixing it up. Consider putting your pack of cigarettes or vapes in the trunk of your car or switching to tea to take away that trigger that makes you want to light up.
  • Occupy your mouth. When a craving hits, use gum, mints, a straw, or a toothpick.
  • Picture it. Put a photo on your phone of something that motivates you to quit. Perhaps a picture of your family or pet, or something to buy with the money you’ll save by quitting.

Get support. That’s what we are here for.

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CDC Tips

Check out 5 reasons why calling a quitline can help you be successful, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer screenings can help find cancer before it spreads too far. For those who are at high risk of disease either because they are a current smoker or because of their age and smoking history, a lung cancer screening can help identify and address it early.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends yearly lung cancer screening for people who meet all three of the following criteria:

Have a 20 pack-year or more smoking history
Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years
Are between 50 and 80 years old
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Saved By The Scan

If you smoke or smoked in the past, take this short quiz to see if you should be screened.

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Youth Vaping

If you are looking for resources to help a youth or young adult quit smoking, visit our youth-based site, VapeFreeCT, for tips, support and more.