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Quit Smoking: 1-800-NO-BUTTS

Contact the Helpline

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Ready to quit or thinking about it? Visit California Smoker's Helpline.

Assistance is also provided in:

  • Spanish (800-45-NO-FUME)
  • Korean (800-556-5564)
  • Vietnamese (800-778-8440)
  • Mandarin and Cantonese (800-838-8917)

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Get a self-help kit, or watch a webinar featuring the Helpline's best advice.

Cancers caused by tobacco can be prevented, and the first step may be to seek professionals who can help.

The California Smoker's Helpline— a partnership between researchers at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and the California Department of Health— offers telephone counseling and other free services, including supportive text messaging and self-help materials. Some callers may qualify for free nicotine patches. Studies show that smokers who use Helpline counseling are twice as likely to quit as those who don't.

How the Helpline Works

Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS to choose from a range of services. If you choose telephone counseling, you can begin your first counseling session immediately. Counselors will help you develop a quit plan and set a quit date, and will follow up with shorter calls in the coming weeks to keep you on track. They can help with everything from withdrawal symptoms to pharmacotherapy issues.

Even if you relapse, a counselor can discuss the situation that triggered the relapse, and help you set a new plan and quit date. (Listen to simulated counseling calls.)

About the Smokers' Helpline

The Helpline was established in 1992 by Moores Cancer Center researchers and was the first in the nation to offer free, telephone-based services for tobacco users wanting to quit. The Helpline has served as a model for similar services in all 50 states.

Specialized services are also available for teens, pregnant women, and tobacco chewers. You can also see a comprehensive list of National Cancer Institute tobacco cessation resources.