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Smoking Cessation

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, 19.3% of U.S. adults were smokers (45.3 million); 21.5 percent of men and 17.3 percent of women smoked. Cigarette smoking is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. There are different types of programs, nicotine replacement drugs, and treatment combinations. These resources will help you find a cessation method that works for you.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Smoking Cessation
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for trusted government-sponsored and privately-developed health information.

American Lung Association: Smoking Cessation Support
This site links to resources about smoking, its health effects, why and how to quit smoking, information on nicotine replacement options, and steps for a smoke free life.

Office of the Surgeon General: Tobacco Cessation—You Can Quit Smoking Now!
Find information on new clinical treatments to help smokers quit, Surgeon General reports, and Surgeon General speeches about dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Smoking & Tobacco Use
This site has information about tobacco use & statistics as well as links to community resources and cessation program materials.


  • The cigarette century: the rise, fall, and deadly persistence of the product that defined America. Brandt AM. 2007.
  • A life in smoke: a memoir. Hansen J. 2006.
  • Smoking concerns sourcebook : basic consumer health information about nicotine addiction and smoking cessation. Bellenir K, ed. 2004.
  • The Gale Virtual Reference Library. Available electronically at: http://www.nmh.org/nm/health+library+virtual+library. Print encyclopedias are also available at the Health Learning Center.


  • “Breaking free from nicotine dependence. A combination of strategies boosts the odds of success.” Harvard Mental Health Letter. 27(10):1-3. 2011.
  • “When quitters are winners. Breaking the addiction to cigarettes is tough, but the payoff is worth it.” Harvard Heart Letter. 18(12):4-5. 2008.
  • “Smoking cessation: new ways to quit. Harvard Mens Health Watch. 13(4):4-7. 2008.

Video Recordings


Smoking Cessation: Group or Individual Programs
Information or Registration: http://www.nmh.org/nm/smoking+cessation+overview
Group Program: 1-877-926-4NMH (4664) or (312) 926-8400
Individual Program: 1-312-926-2069

An 8-session group program led by a smoking cessation specialist uses behavioral techniques to help you stop smoking. Receive a step-by-step plan on how to quit, information on nicotine replacement and more. Individual consultations are available by appointment. The programs can significantly improve chances for long-term success.

Illinois State Quit Line
Web site:http://www.quityes.org/ (Live chat help is available from this site)
Phone Support: 1-888-QUIT-YES (888.784.8937)

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center at 312.926.5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011