What do I do if I want to quit using tobacco, nicotine, and vaping (e-cigarette) products?

Teens and young adults who smoke but want to quit have good options for help. If you or someone you know needs more information or is ready to quit, read more about quitting the use of tobacco and nicotine. If you have a friend who smokes, it puts you at higher risk for starting, because your friend is likely to pressure you into trying it. You might decide to step away from the friendship for a while to protect your own health. Even secondhand smoke is bad for your health.

Nearly 70 percent of people who smoke want to quit.21 Most who try to quit on their own relapse (go back to smoking)—often within a week. Most former smokers have had several failed quit attempts before they finally succeed.

Some people believe e-cigarette products may help smokers lower nicotine cravings while they are trying to quit smoking cigarettes. However, several research studies show that using electronic devices to help quit cigarette smoking does not usually work in the long term, and might actually discourage people from quitting.22  One recent study showed that only nine percent of people using e-vaporizers to quit smoking cigarettes had actually stopped smoking a year later.23

If you or someone you know needs more information or is ready to quit, check out these resources:

Teens

Adults

  • Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), a national toll-free number that can help people get the information they need to quit smoking.
  • Visit SmokeFree.gov.

21 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking and Tobacco Use: Fast Facts. Atlanta, GA. Februrary 2019. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm.

22 Kulik MC, Lisha NE, Glantz SA. E-cigarettes Associated With Depressed Smoking Cessation: A Cross-sectional Study of 28 European Union Countries. Am J Prev Med. 2018;54(4):603-609. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2017.12.017

23Weaver SR, Huang J, Pechacek TF, Heath JW, Ashley DL, Eriksen MP. Are electronic nicotine delivery systems helping cigarette smokers quit? Evidence from a prospective cohort study of U.S. adult smokers, 2015–2016. PLOS ONE. 2018;13(7):e0198047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0198047