You are not alone in your attempt to quit tobacco. In addition to this site, many resources are available to help make your next attempt successful.
Texas Quitline: 1-877-YES-QUIT
The Texas Quitline is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services. By calling the toll-free quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT, you’ll receive free and confidential counseling services, support and information from trained professionals. Research shows that the support provided by a quitline can double your chances of successfully quitting smoking.
Other National Quitlines
In addition to TTQL, there are national quitlines that provide specialized cessation resources in other languages and for veterans. Your patients may prefer to use these options instead of, or in addition to, TTQL.
For Spanish-speaking patients that want help quitting tobacco, 1-855-DEJELO-YA is an additional option to TTQL.The Asian Smoker’s Helpline provides cessation services including telephone counseling in the following languages:
- Mandarin and Cantonese: 1-800-838-8917
- Korean: 1-800-556-5564
- Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440
Web-Based Tobacco Cessation Program
When you join the program, you will get to create an easy-to-follow online Quitting Plan that will help you get ready, take action, and live the rest of your life tobacco free. Web Coach® will provide you access to a private, online community where you can complete activities, watch videos, track your progress and join in discussions with others in the program. When you join the program, a Quit Coach® will help you become an expert in living without tobacco. Join now. Online information to help you or someone you know quit vaping can be found on the DSHS Vaping Website.
There’s an App for That!
The quitSTART app is a product of Smokefree.gov, a smoking cessation resource created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and input from tobacco control professionals, smoking cessation experts, and ex-smokers. The quitSTART app is available to download on Google Play and in the Apple Store. It’s free! The app provides tailored tips, inspiration and challenges.
Help Your Employees Quit
Employers can provide major incentives for employees to quit tobacco through insurance plans that cover cessation services. Clinical interventions to reduce smoking provide immediate savings for employers and a positive return on investment within two to three years for health plans. In addition, nonsmokers miss less time from work, are more productive and usually have lower health care costs than smokers. For a closer look at the report about return on investment for offering cessation coverage, view "Making the Business Case for Smoking Cessation" .
Help Your Teen Quit
More than 5,700 teens start vaping every day! Almost 40 percent of kids have vaped at least once, so chances are your teen has already tried it or soon will. Don’t let marketing, peer pressure and misconceptions be the only messages your teen gets about vaping. Talking with teens about difficult subjects can be awkward. However, teens care about what their parents and other adults have to say, especially when the adults are also willing to listen. Now that you know more about vaping, it may be time to start the conversation. To learn more, visit the DSHS Vaping Website.
As parents, caregivers and educators it is important to take the correct approach when talking to teens about vaping. Live Vape Free has great educational courses and material about vaping to help parents and educators talk to teens about vaping.
Quit for your Child
Women who smoke have a harder time getting pregnant. And you face more dangers if you do get pregnant:
- You may lose the baby or have a stillborn (dead) baby.
- Your baby may be born small.
- Your baby is more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Your baby may be cranky, restless, and get sick more often.
- Your baby is more likely to have learning problems.
The good news is that quitting can help you have a healthy baby. It helps to quit at any time while you are pregnant. It’s even better to quit before you get pregnant.
Groups at High-Risk for Smoking
Certain groups of people are at particularly high risk of smoking. These include veterans, individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues, and members of the LGBT community. If you identify with one of these groups and are trying to quit smoking, these resources can help you continue your journey to becoming tobacco-free.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Center for Disease Control, Military Tobacco Cessation
- Centers for Disease Control, LGBT Tobacco Cessation
- The LGBT Cancer Network
- National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control
- Taking Texas Tobacco-Free
- The Center for Black Health and Equity
Some other useful resources to help you make it through your quit attempt:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- American Lung Association , which also offers Freedom From Smoking® a free online smoking cessation service
- Nicotine Anonymous
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Truth Initiative
- Women SmokeFree.gov
- Smokefree Teen
last updated August 21, 2023