How Can I Quit Smoking?

85% of lung cancer deaths occurs in current or former smokers. Quitting smoking now will decrease your odds for developing cancer. Screening is not an alternative to smoking cessation.

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While some people are successful in quitting smoking cold turkey or gradually reducing the number of cigarettes they smoke, others may need some additional help. Below are some resources to help you quit smoking. Also, check with your employer and health insurance company to find support that fits your needs.

Quitline Iowa

Whether you are thinking about quitting, are not yet ready to quit, or have already quit, Quitline Iowa can help you with each step of the way. Quitline Iowa is Free, Convenient, Safe & Secure.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)

National Cancer Institute |

NCI’s Smoking Quitline at 1–877–44U–QUIT (1–877–448–7848) offers a wide range of services, including individualized counseling, printed information, referrals to other resources, and recorded messages. Smoking cessation counselors are available to answer smoking-related questions in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eastern time. Smoking cessation counselors are also available through LiveHelp, an online instant messaging service. LiveHelp is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eastern time.

Lung HelpLine | American Lung Association

Talk to our experts at the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine and Tobacco QuitLine. Our service is free and we are here to help you. You can connect with us by calling 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872 and press 2), submitting a question or live chat when available.

The Lung HelpLine is staffed with licensed registered nurses, respiratory therapists and certified tobacco treatment specialists. In addition, there are bilingual Spanish speaking staff along with a live language interpretation service for over 250 languages.

quitSTART App

The quitSTART app is a free smartphone app that helps you quit smoking with tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges.

The quitSTART app helps you:

  • Get ready to quit with tips and information to prepare you for becoming smoke free
  • Monitor your progress and earn badges for smoke free milestones and other achievements
  • Get back on track if you slip and smoke
  • Manage cravings and bad moods in healthy ways
  • Distract yourself from cravings with games and challenges
  • Store helpful tips, inspirations, and challenges in your Quit Kit
  • Share your progress and favorite tips through social media

Google Play LINK

Apple App Store Link