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Thinking about quitting?

You are not alone! Most smokers want to quit and try to do so every year.

It's never too late to quit. Quitting smoking at any age is the single best thing you can do for your health. Your chance of success for quitting tobacco use actually improves each time you try.

Quitting is possible. Over half of all smokers have quit. Even though tobacco may be a big part of your life, you can take steps to live without it. You haven't failed if you keep trying.

Want to help someone quit?

  • Let them know you care about them and are concerned.
  • Do your best to avoid lecture or shaming. Scolding may make a person more resistant to change.
  • Let the tobacco user know if they want to quit, you will provide support and assistance.
  • If they express interest, offer to help them find a resource. Offer information, such as local programs or the Maine Tobacco Helpline number 1-800-207-1230.
  • If the tobacco user is not interested in quitting at this time, do your best to keep the communication open: tell them you understand that it is their decision; ask if it is OK to check in with them again another time.

Text is excerpt from MaineHealth's Center for Tobacco Independence.