Public Health Advisory Updated advisory concerning Electronic Cigarettes/Electronic Nicotine Delivery Products (ENDS).
Note: This advisory was modified Jan. 17, 2017. Click Here for more information.

The Quitting Process

No matter what stage of the quit process you are in, the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine can help. When you
enroll with the QuitLine you will be assigned your own quit counselor, and you will have the same counselor
for a whole year.


Are you thinking about quitting? You should...

  • Learn the facts about tobacco and its effects on you.
    • Heart disease, various cancers, lung diseases (COPD, emphesema), etc.

  • Learn the facts about the effects of tobacco on those you love.
    • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get pneumonia, ear enfections, bronchitis, etc.
    • Adults exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have heart disease and lung cancer.

  • Think about ALL of the costs of tobacco. Can you really afford it?

Are you ready to quit? If the answer is yes, you should...

  • Set a quit date. What day will be the first day you don't use any tobacco?

  • Change your environment
    • Get rid of all tobacco products, ashtrays and lighters.
    • Don't let people use tobacco in your home or car.

  • Review your past quit attempts.
    • What worked and what didn't?

  • Get support!
    • Identify at least two people you can count on for support while you are quitting.

  • Learn new skills and behavior to cope with cravings and stress.

  • Choose your method of quitting.
    • Discuss options with your counselor or doctor prior to quitting.

Have you already quit and you are thinking "What if I slip?"

  • If you slip, it's ok. Ask yourself, "Why am I using tobacco right now?"
    • Is it withdrawal?
    • Is it stress or anger?
    • Did someone offer tobacco?

  • Call your counselor and review your quit plan so you can get back on track.

  • Don't let a slip set you back. Just pick up where you were and continue being tobacco free.

When you are ready to quit, give us a call at 1-800-784-8669 or Click Here for online support