Smoking is a habit that affects millions of people worldwide. Despite the well-known health risks associated with tobacco use, quitting smoking can be incredibly challenging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the 1-800-Quit-Now helpline to provide support and resources for those who want to quit smoking.
What is CDC 1-800-Quit-Now?
CDC’s toll-free helpline aims to reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality by encouraging smokers to quit and providing them with the tools to do so successfully.
The CDC’s quitline is based on evidence-based strategies that have been shown to increase the chances of successfully quitting smoking. These strategies include setting a quit date, using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and developing coping mechanisms for triggers and cravings.
The helpline offers confidential counseling to provide personalized quit plans and offer encouragement. The helpline can also connect callers with local resources, such as smoking cessation programs, support groups, and healthcare providers specializing in smoking cessation.
Smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide, responsible for a range of serious health issues, including heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Quitting smoking can significantly reduce the risk of these health problems.
Smoking is a challenging addiction to overcome, but it’s not impossible. Remember, it’s never too late to quit, and help is just a phone call away.