Want to stop or reduce smoking, vaping or using tobacco? We’re here to help you every step of the way with support, tools, and tips. Whether this is your first attempt at change or your 5th, the important thing is to keep trying.
You can boost your chances for success by preparing a change plan. A change plan can include the following steps, which help people get ready and know what to expect along the way:
- Set a change date
- Identify your reasons for quitting or reducing use
- Identify your triggers and how you’ll avoid or manage them
- Prepare to fight cravings
- Get rid of reminders of smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use
- Tap into options for extra help and tips (the resources listed, below, can help)
- Tell your friends and family about your plan and ask for their support
Wherever you are on your change journey, these resources can help you with the next step.
UWM Norris Health Center
Norris Health Center can help. Students can talk with a health care provider about making changes and learn about medications that significantly increase chances for success. FDA-approved medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), are available through Norris Health Center. Call 414-229-4716 to schedule an appointment to discuss what is best for you.
Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line
Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line offers free services to help people quit smoking, vaping or other tobacco use. A quit coach can provide free coaching, free medication to help you quit, and access to Web Coach, a 24/7 online forum for peers and quit coaches. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visit https://ctri.wisc.edu/quit-line/.
This site offers a down-loadable create-your-own quit plan; on-demand apps and text programs that provide tips and encouragement when you need it; and loads of tips to manage triggers, cravings, and slips. It offers guidance for getting extra help and includes information specifically for veterans, women, and teens. Check it out at https://smokefree.gov/ .
Freedom from Smoking ®
The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking® program offers two options to help you quit smoking. To learn about the flexible online format, Freedom From Smoking® Plus, visit https://freedomfromsmoking.org . To learn about the in-person support group format, Freedom from Smoking® In-Person Clinic, contact 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.Lung.org to find a location near you.