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Tobacco Cessation Resources

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 COVID-19 Update

We all need some extra support these days especially when it comes to something as hard as quitting tobacco. During COVID-19, quitting smoking and vaping may be especially important. We now know that people with certain health conditions, like respiratory and lung disease, are at higher risk of getting sicker from the new coronavirus. Many of these conditions are caused or made worse by using tobacco products. For those looking to quit tobacco or vaping (or need support remaining tobacco-free), there are several options to help you, including ones that can be done by phone so you don’t have to risk close contact. Several organizations listed on this page are also currently offering support through the phone or video-based services.

  • QuitlineNC is a safe way to quit during COVID-19. QuitlineNC is free quit tobacco program, accessible 24/7 from the comfort of one’s own home.
  • The Chatham County Public Health Department’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) can create free, non-judgmental, personal quit plans and provide overall support through the phone, email, or video-based services. Please call 984-214-2060 or email


QuitlineNC: 1-800 QUITNOW
A free service for adults and teens. Clients can call the Quitline number and will be matched up with a trained professional to assist with the quit process (all tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes).

Offered on an annual basis by the Chatham County Public Health Department. QuitSmart is a free 3 session cessation program for residents of Chatham that helps individuals quit the use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. Interested individuals should contact the Public Health Department at (919) 545-8445 or for additional information. 

UNC Tobacco Treatment Program: (984) 974-0210
The Tobacco Treatment Program’s Tobacco Treatment Specialists offer a comprehensive program, collaborating with patients to develop plans for becoming tobacco-free. These strategies include behavioral strategies, cessation medications, and identification of resources that support tobacco-free living. This program takes insurance, Medicaid/Medicare, and can assist with those who are uninsured.

Duke Center for Smoking Cessation: (919) 668-5055
The Duke Center for Smoking Cessation runs clinical trials to help research new ways to help smokers break their addiction to nicotine. This program takes insurance, Medicaid/Medicare, and can assist with those who are uninsured.

Smoke (offered in English and Spanish):
Tools and tips to help quit tobacco use, including developing a quit plan, text messaging services, and smart phone apps.

A free mobile texting service across the US. It provides 24/7 advise, encouragement and tips to help youth and adults stop smoking for good.

Quit START app:
Free smart phone app (track cravings, moods, personal messages to assist individual in quit process.)

Smokefree 60+:
It is never too late to quit. This website has free tools and tips to help older adults quit tobacco.

Become An Ex:

A free online quit plan.

American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking: 1-800-LUNG-USA
This online program is specifically designed for adults. This site goes through various modules, each containing several lessons designed to help you prepare to quit, quit, and stay tobacco-free

CDC Tips from Former Smokers
This site has videos and personal stories of former smokers and why they quit. Please visit

You Quit Two Quit:
An online resource for pregnant women who want to quit tobacco use.

Smokefree Vet:
An online resource for the active military and veterans.

My Last Dip:
A free web-based research project website funded by the National Institutes of Health to evaluate ways to help people quit using smokeless tobacco.