Why do I need to gain support from family, friends, and others to succeed?

It is critical that you share your plan with your family and friends and to elicit their support in order to give you the best chance of success. Studies repeatedly demonstrate that supports improve success rates significantly compared to patients who quit without the use of supports. (Questions 60 and 73 have further information on the importance of supports.) It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the majority of our habitual behaviors are strongly reinforced or extinguished because of our social supports. Humans are social animals. This is why peer groups have such a powerful influence on youth. This is also the reason advertisers utilize celebrities to pitch their products. We want to be like them so we copy their preferences to feel more like them. Family, church, and community are discussed so much by politicians as reinforcing core values because of this fact. You will need the encouragement of others as you proceed with your plan to quit.

Studies repeatedly demonstrate that supports improve success rates significantly compared to patients who quit without the use of supports.

Besides obtaining the support of family and friends, you may also find a support group or a "buddy" to give you additional personal support. Make a date with your buddy either in person or by phone. If you develop a relationship with a buddy, phone each other daily, at least until you are over the initial period of withdrawal. Many hospitals have support groups or smoking cessation programs. You can call your local hospital, the American Lung Association, or the American Cancer Society, or look on the Internet for names and places where there are support groups and/or to find a telephone hotline.

In case I can't get in touch with my buddy or family members, is there a 24-hour hotline I can call?

Yes there is! In November of 2004, The National Cancer Institute Information Service (NCI/CIS) developed a network of telephone assistance hotlines in order to counsel smokers who wish to quit smoking. Through this network, states received funding as part of the Center for Disease Control's Tobacco Control Program so that there was money to establish hotlines known as quitlines or to expand existing telephone assistance counseling programs. The National Quit Line telephone number is 1-800-Quit Now OR 1-800-7848669, which will transfer you to your own local geographical area. Additionally, many local smoking cessation programs offer hotlines 24/7. Look online or in the Yellow Pages of your phone book, or call your local hospital to find out where and whom to call for information about a hotline number.

Where can I find more information?

The following list of resources and organizations have more information about quitting smoking.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI)

1-800 4-CANCER (422-6230)

The American Cancer Society (ACS) cancer.org

The American Heart Association 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721) americanheart.org/

The American Lung Association 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) lungusa.org/ lungassoc.org/

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


The Department of Public Health (DOPH) and the American Public Health Association (APHA)

202-777-APHA (1-202-777-2742)

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 1-800-358-9295 ahcpr.gov/

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF)

1-202-927-8210 atf.treas.gov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Office of Smoking and Health (OSH)

1-770-488-5701 (general information/publication requests) 1-800-CDC-1311 (media campaign response line/fax service). cdc.gov/tobacco/

Doctors Ought to Care (DOC)


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

1-202-326-2222 (publications) 1-202-326-3090 (tobacco-related questions) ftc.gov/

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

1-301-827-4420 fda.gov/

The National Health Information Center (NHIC)

1-800-336-4797 1-301-565-4167 health.gov/nhic

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHRQ)



The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

1-301-656-3920 asam.org/

Web Site Information

Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center mayoclinic.org/ndc-rst/


Tobacco news and information: tobacco.org/ Tobacco control groups: tobacco.org/Resources/ tob_adds.html

Tobacco Control Archives from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) ash.org/

List of state tobacco control organizations: ash .org/websites.html



Nicotine Anonymous (a 12-step self-help group) 1-800-415-0328


QuitNet, quit all together quitnet.org

Seventh Day Adventist's support groups

Smokers Anonymous (available through Alcoholics Anonymous)



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Resources, Find Studies


Smoking Cessation Leadership Center smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/

National Mental Health Information Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/

The Foundation for a Smoke Free America anti-smoking.org/

The National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information (NCDAI) ncadi.samhsa.gov/

Public Citizen, Tobacco News Resources citizen.org (and enter tobacco in search engine)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Smoking and Tobacco Use

cdc.gov/tobacco Quit For Life




WhyQuit.com whyquit.com/

Philip Morris USA, QuitAssistâ„¢ Program



Corporate Accountability International stopcorporateabuse.org/cms/

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