The most effective way to quit cigarettes, vaping devices, or other tobacco products is to use FDA-approved medicines and coaching support together. It takes most people multiple attempts to quit for good. Keep trying! Follow these steps:
To start, plan ahead
Pick a quit date to stop smoking or vaping. Ideally, plan 2-4 weeks ahead, but you can start sooner if needed.
Use the time before your quit date to gradually cut back and to start making changes to your routine to help you handle withdrawal symptoms and triggers. Triggers are those certain times, places, people, or feelings that make you want to smoke or vape. Withdrawal symptoms are temporary and can last up to a week.
Talk to your doctor and ask your health plan about medicines to help you quit
A combination of FDA-approved medicines and coaching support can triple your chances of quitting for good.
Many medicines help with withdrawal symptoms and are not addictive. Some, like the nicotine patch or gum, are available over the counter without a prescription.
Go to the Quit website or call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support and advice to help you quit.