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Smoking Cessation

The help you need to quit smoking

Smoking tobacco drastically decreases lifespan and can lead to heart and lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema (COPD) and lung cancer. Quitting smoking is the best thing that you can do to improve your health but can often be hard to do for good.

To help our patients create and work through their quit plans, Tufts Medical Center Primary Care-Boston offers one-on-one counseling sessions for current patients. During these individual appointments, our provider will work with you to make a plan to stop smoking and discuss medicines that may help you quit. Throughout your quitting journey you can count on our provider for support. For more information, call 617-636-5400.

Your insurance company may also help you quit by covering counseling and medications that help you stop smoking. For example, Commonwealth Care and MassHealth both cover comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits, including counseling services and medications.

All Massachusetts residents can call the smokers’ helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). By dialing this number you can reach free one-on-one support, information about local smoking cessation groups and advice about medications that help you to quit using tobacco. Other resources can be found in the links below.

Massachusetts resources

Make Smoking History— A resource provided by The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. A program dedicated to reducing the health and economic burden of tobacco use provides links and tips on how to quit smoking.

Quit Works— QuitWorks is a free, evidence-based stop-smoking resource created by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in association with all major health plans in Massachusetts.—A resource provided by The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program. The program works to improve public health in the Commonwealth by reducing death and disability from tobacco use by providing access to quitting tips and other helpful information.

Government Resources (also see Español) — is a resource to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. allows the website visitor to choose the help that best fits their needs. From the website immediate assistance is available in the form of tools, apps, and links.

Smokefree Women—A resource intended to help the visitor quit smoking. The website provides information specifically for women and provides different types of resources to help them quit and remain a quitter.

Smokefree Teen—A website designed and run by the people of the National Cancer Institute is made to help teens take control of their health. The site includes recourses designed for teens to quit smoking or stay smoke free.

Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users—A resource provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality designed to encourage smokers to quit and provides a booklet that outlines how to quit.

Quit Smoking- Smoking and Tobacco Use— A website provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Office on Smoking and Health (OSH). The Center is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. Their website includes multiple links and tips on how to quit smoking.

FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products—A resource provided by the U.S Food and Drug Administration that includes benefits of quitting as well as products to help smokers quit.

Quit Tobacco. Make Everyone Proud—Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud is an educational campaign for the U.S. military, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Web site provides the opportunity to learn more about tobacco cessation, develop a personalized plan for quitting, create a personal or public blog, and get live online help around the clock.

Other Resources

National Cancer Institute: Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting—A fact sheet provided by the National Cancer Institute includes key points, information on smoking and tips on how to quit.

American Cancer Society: Guide to Quitting Smoking—A page provided by the American Cancer Society with helpful links about how to quit and the importance of quitting smoking.

American Heart Association: Quit Smoking—A resource provided by the American Heart Association made to help smokers learn the risks of smoking and how to go about quitting.

Become an EX-- The EX Plan is a free quit smoking program, that shows smokers a whole new way to think about quitting. It’s based on personal experiences from ex-smokers as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic.

American Lung Association—The American Lung Association website provides important information on how to quit smoking as well as the side effects, and information on workplace wellness.