March 2, 2016

Here’s who has your back.


There’s no rule saying that to quit smoking you have to go it alone.

In fact, you’re much more likely to be smoke-free a year from now if you’re getting some counseling, maybe in the form of a support group, together with using nicotine-replacement products.

Gather a supportive tribe around you as you create a plan to quit. For advice on strategy, and to help you get through moments when your motivation falters, rely on these resources:

1. Tennessee Tobacco Quitline: 800-784-8669

The Quitline is staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central time). Calls are free and confidential. The service lets you work with a counselor to create a plan for quitting. You can use it online, too, at

2. is a website with links to many helpful tools, among them:

3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts tips from former smokers, powerful inspiration for when your motivation fades.

4. Finally, browse My Southern Health’s articles for everything you need to know about quitting. (Did you know the health benefits of quitting cigarettes kick in just 20 minutes after your last puff?)