Lung Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

13. Where can I get free help to quit smoking?

The sooner a person quits smoking the better. Even if you have been smoking for many years, it's never too late to benefit from quitting.

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Here are some free resources that may help you.

Smoking Quit Lines

  • Each U.S. state and territory has a free quit line to provide you with information and resources to help you quit smoking. To reach the quit line in your area, dial toll-free, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Talk with a smoking cessation counselor from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for help quitting and for answers to smoking-related questions in English or Spanish. Call toll free within the United States, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

LiveHelp Online Chat

Get free information and advice about quitting smoking through a confidential online text chat with an information specialist from NCI's Cancer Information Service. Visit LiveHelp, available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

This Web site offers science-driven tools, information, and support that have been effective in helping smokers quit. Visit Also, check out Clear Horizons, a quit smoking guide for people 50 and older.

Smokefree Women

Try the Smokefree Women Web site for information on how to quit smoking. The site covers smoking-related topics that are often important to women, such as weight management and stress, and tells how to contact experts and find other resources.

For smokers 50+, check out Quitting Smoking for Older Adults.