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Quit Smoking: Kick It California

Contact Kick It California

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Ready to quit or thinking about it? Visit Kick It California.

Assistance is also provided in:

  • English (800-300-8086
  • Spanish (800-600-8191)
  • Korean (800-556-5564)
  • Vietnamese (800-778-8440)
  • Mandarin and Cantonese (800-838-8917)

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We’ve taken our best advice and wrapped it into a video series just for you. The videos share our most practical tips for kicking tobacco, with proven methods.

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

Kick It California — 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 chat, supportive text messaging and self-help materials. Some callers may qualify for free nicotine patches. Studies show that smokers who use this type of counseling are twice as likely to quit as those who don't.

How Kick It California Works

Visit 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.

About Kick It California

Kick It California, formerly known as the California Smokers' Helpline, was established in 1992 by Moores Cancer Center researchers and was the first in the nation to offer free services for tobacco users wanting to quit. Kick It California 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.