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Youth Tobacco Cessation Resources

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Quitting tobacco use at any age is difficult. There are many innovative, online, and often free resources to help youth quit tobacco. Click on the links provided below for more information on the many resources available:

Truth Initiative new text messaging program designed by youth for youth to help quit e-cigarettes (including JUULs). Simply text “DITCHJUUL" to 88709 or find out more at This is Quitting.

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).
SfT (Smokefree Teen):
  • A web site that provides free, accurate information and assistance to help teens quit smoking and stay tobacco-free.
  • A free mobile service designed for teens across the US. It provides 24/7 advise, encouragement and tips to help teens stop smoking for good.
Quit START app:
  • Free smart phone app (track cravings, moods, personal messages to assist individual in quit process.)
Become An Ex :
  • A free online quit plan.
  • An online social networking program that connects people who have quit or who are currently trying to quit to support each other throughout the process.
  • An online interactive smoking prevention and cessation program for teens that takes to you various parts of the program based on where you are with your tobacco use.
My Last Dip:
  • A free online resource to help smokeless tobacco users quit.
Not on Tobacco (N-O-T):
  • The American Heart Association’s youth tobacco cessation program for smokers ages 14 through 19 years old. The program’s 10-session curriculum can be delivered in a school or community setting. N-O-T trains youth in self-management and stimulus control, social skills and social influence, stress management, relapse prevention, techniques to manage nicotine withdrawal, weight management, and peer pressure. It is a voluntary non-punitive program for youth to stop or reduce their tobacco use.
Project Ex:
  • A school-based tobacco cessation program for high school students (ages 14-19 years old) who are current tobacco users. This program is delivered over a 6-week period and emphasizes coping mechanisms to deal with stress and nicotine withdrawal. Participants also learn relaxation methods and how to avoid relapse. 
Help Young Adults Live Tobacco Free: A Cessation Curriculum (ages 18-24):