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Can I get help by telephone or over the Internet to quit smoking?

If you want help with quitting smoking but are not easily able to get to an office for in-person or group counseling, telephone or online counseling may fit your needs. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether you seek counseling in person, or via telephone or computer-based programs; all seem to be more helpful than trying to quit smoking on your own. Repeated visits, calls, or chats with a trained counselor (usually a nurse or a therapist) increase long-term smoking cessation rates.
Telephone counseling that provides calls to the smoker initiated by the counselor according to a pre-arranged schedule is the most effective type of telephone counseling. Any smoker in the United States can call 1-800-QUITNOW for free proactive telephone counseling. 
Online counseling is another way you can seek quitting help within the privacy and comfort of your own home. The American Lung Association offers a free smoking cessation program.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.