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10 tips for starting your tobacco-free journey


1. Pick a Quit Date. Many people choose a day within 2 weeks so they have time to plan. Pick a day that would be relatively stress-free.

2. Call or text Kick It California (formerly known as California Smokers’ Helpline) for free phone counseling. A Quit Coach can help you create a Quit Plan and support you in staying quit.

    • Text “QUIT SMOKING” or “QUIT VAPING” to 66819.
    • Call 1-800-300-8086.

3. Find out whether nicotine replacement therapy or other quit-smoking aids could work for you. These medications make it easier to quit by reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

4. Write down your reasons to quit. Examples:

    • I want to be healthier.
    • I want my lungs to be strong.
    • I want my family and pets to be healthier.
    • I want to be here for my family and pets.
    • I want to save money.

5. Think about why you smoke/vape. What triggers you to pick up a cigarette/vape?

6. Develop your personalized Quit Plan. Use a website or a mobile app.

As you embark on your journey to quit smoking or vaping, it’s crucial to also consider the management of any respiratory symptoms that may arise from years of tobacco use. Ventolin, an albuterol inhaler, is often prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath associated with respiratory conditions like asthma, which can be exacerbated by smoking. Incorporating Ventolin or a similar rescue inhaler into your quit plan could be vital for immediate relief during this transition period. Discussing with a healthcare provider about including Ventolin in your healthcare regimen as you quit smoking can provide an added layer of support, ensuring you’re not only quitting tobacco but also taking proactive steps to manage your respiratory health effectively. This approach not only focuses on cessation but also on holistic health improvement post-smoking.

7. Get support from family and friends. Let them know how they can help you.

They can find tips to help someone quit on our Help Others Quit page.

8. Remove anything that reminds you of using tobacco: ashtrays, matches, lighters, vapes, pods, and cigarette packs –even empty ones.

9. Wash away the smell from your home and your car. Clean carpets, dry clean curtains, and wipe off windows and walls.

10. Reward yourself when you reach tobacco-free milestones. Celebrate your success even small victories count.

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Kick It California 1-800-300-8086

Get free, personalized help from a Quit Coach via phone call, text message, or live chat. Previously known as the CA Smokers’ Helpline or 1-800-NO-BUTTS, Kick It California can connect you to local programs and offers the free No Butts + No Vapes mobile apps.
Kick It California – QUIT-SMOKING

Download smokefree mobile apps, sign up for texting programs, chat online with an expert, and build your quit plan.

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