It's not easy to quit. But it's worth it. There are free resources in our community to help.

SmokeFreeTXT is a free mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit. Text AUSTIN to 47848 for FREE help to quit.Click here for more info.

Download a "Free Help to Quit" Flyer

Tobacco Quitline 1-877-YES QUIT (1-877-937-7848) offers free and confidential phone and web counseling services and resources such as nicotine patches, gums, or lozenges, for those that qualify.

Freedom from Smoking group classes are being held, free of charge, for the general public throughout the year. Classes run for nine weeks and take place on the Capital Metro main campus. For details, call 512-389-7506 or email to: timothy.kelly@capmetro.org

 

Tips to Quit Tobacco

Here are some proven tips to help you quit and stay tobacco-free.

  • If you're nervous about quitting, don't try to quit cold turkey. Getting help through nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches, gums, and lozenges, greatly increases your chances of success. It's not "cheating."
  • Make a solid quit plan and know your triggers. The Texas Quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT can refer you to a Web Coach© who can help you with your plan.
  • Having a craving? Delay! If you feel like you're going to give in to a craving, tell yourself that you have to wait 10 more minutes and then do something to distract yourself. Most cravings only last a couple of minutes. Stock up on oral substitutes – sugarless gum, carrot sticks, hard candy, cinnamon sticks, coffee stirrers, straws, and toothpicks – to distract your hands/mouth.
  • Get active! The best way to get your mind off smoking, and to stay quit, is to get active. By quitting, you will start feeling better, looking better, and breathing easier.
  • Avoid temptation. Stay away from people and places that tempt you to use tobacco. Later on you will be able to handle these with more confidence. Check out the tobacco-free locations in Austin/Travis County.
  • If you slip up, that's okay. It takes most people multiple times to quit successfully, so keep trying.
  • Spread the word! The more you talk about quitting and encourage others in their efforts to quit, the more successful you will be. Tell people to visit the Live Tobacco-Free Austin website to learn more and to share a quit story.