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Real Stories
Tito "My family means more to me than a pack of cigarettes. That’s why I quit."
Betty "Cigarettes aren’t controlling me anymore."
Steve "I went to a cessation class. Peer group support was my success."
Hillary "Quitting smoking is the best thing I did for myself."
Bobbie "Focus on the positive; take it a day or even a minute at a time."
Frank "If you have a plan, that is what is important. "
Mike "Smoking had a big effect on my son. I didn't want to disappoint him."
Dave "With help, I could quit on the first try. "
Bonnie "When I quit smoking, my daughter's ashma went away."

Set up your own support team so there’s someone to turn to when you hit a rough day.

Support from family, friends, and co-workers can make it easier to quit smoking.

Think about who you want to tell about your plans to quit smoking—and then tell them.

  • Who will give you support and be positive?
  • Think about how they can help you: do you want them to call you? Go for walks with you? Send you email messages to keep your spirits up?
  • If you would rather they didn’t make a big deal about it, tell them that, too.

You can also get support from someone trained to help people quit smoking.

Using counseling support doubles your chances of quitting for good. Using counseling and medicine together more than doubles your chances of quitting for good!

  • Free one-on-one support is available over the phone through the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). You can set up times for a quit coach to call you during your first few weeks of quitting or you can call whenever you need to.
  • In-person quit-smoking groups and one-on-one support options are also available. If you’re thinking this might work for you, call your local doctor’s office or health clinic and ask about quit-smoking support in your area. You can also view a statewide list on this site or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to ask about in-person counseling.
  • Free online counseling and support is available through

Let your doctor or other healthcare provider know you are quitting, and ask for their advice.

  • Ask your doctor about medicines to help you quit smoking. You can also ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter quit-smoking medicines like the nicotine patch.
  • Don’t forget to contact your insurance plan to find out what types of quit-smoking medicine and counseling are covered.

Join a conversation with someone who’s quit or who’s trying to quit. Watch Corinne’s story about using support from others to help her quit.

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