Quit Smoking and Tobacco

Quit Smoking and Tobacco

802Quits.org website

You can quit. We can help.

Most Vermonters who smoke want to quit. You may be one of them, or know someone who is trying to quit tobacco. Although it can be hard, with the right tools and support, you can do it.

Research shows that it can take eight to 11 tries before a successful quit. With each attempt you learn something new about yourself and what makes it hard – bringing you closer to your independence from tobacco. We’re here to support you in your attempt at 802Quits, the Vermont quit smoking and tobacco resource. 802Quits offers a friendly and experienced coach, free tips, tools and support, including free patches and gum or lozenges, delivered directly to your home. Visit 802Quits.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to get started.

802Quits Offers Four Ways to Quit:

Each 802Quits resource offers unique benefits. You can choose just one or use all together to suit your needs.

At-A-Glance Quit Options
  Quit help by phone quit help in-person quit help online quit your way
get started Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) Find a quit partner at 802Quits.org and call or email Quit Partner to enroll Register online at 802Quits.org Visit
description Quit counseling by phone with a trained health coach. Text messaging option and special quit support for new and expecting mothers. Community or hospital-based classes led by trained quit coaches. Onsite group cessation classes at worksites or in the community available upon request.
Online quit resources including tips and quit tracking tools. Connect with former smokers and others trying to quit.
Tips to help prepare for your quit and stay quit.
what's included 5 calls per enrollment including free text support (data rates apply) 4-6 classes per session. Unlimited access to online quit information and tools

Limited online quit information and tools

Free patches, gum, lozenges

8 weeks per year of dual therapy
(patches + gum or lozenges)

8 weeks per year of dual therapy
(patches + gum or lozenges)
2 weeks per year of dual therapy
(patches + gum or lozenges)
not included
Quit Help by Phone

Want a coach? By calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) you can connect with a quit coach who will share tips, advice and support to help you quit. Your coach is trained to help you no matter where you are on your quit journey – and will call at a time that works for you. Calls are confidential and available 24/7.

Together with your coach you can assess what you need to be successful, including eight weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges, and text or online support. Your quit coach can even help out with strategies if you've had a relapse and want to try again.

Quit Help in Person

Want local in-person support? You can join a workshop with a specially trained Vermont Quit Partner and double your chances of successfully quitting. For some, it’s easier to quit when you have the support of others who are trying to quit. Better yet, join with a friend or loved one who is also trying to quit.

802Quits has local Vermont Quit Partners available in communities throughout Vermont. They can help you quit with personalized advice and support, including free patches and gum or lozenges delivered directly to your home. You can find a workshop by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) and saying you’d like to find a local Vermont Quit Partner.

Quit Help Online

Want to quit online? Register at 802Quits to get access to online tools and supports, including tips, texts or emails. Track your quit progress, or see how much money you are saving by not spending it on tobacco. Check out the online forums where you can learn about what's working for other people that use tobacco. Free two-week starter kits are available for patches and gum, or lozenges.

Accessible 24/7 Quit Online offers a lot of flexibility – and you can still get help from a coach or in-person and/or phone support as well.

Quit Your Way

Want to do it on your own? 802Quits offers a checklist of things you can do to prepare yourself for your quit. There are also plenty of tips and suggestions for what you can do on your quit date and things you can do to help you when times get hard and cravings are strong, including:

  • Quick testimonials from Vermonters who share their story at 802Quits.org
  • Tips and support from 802Quits on Facebook

For more information, email tobaccovt@vermont.gov.

resources for youth quitting tobacco

Explore options available to youth who are interested in quitting tobacco
  • Smokefree Teen - Website for youth
  • quitSTART - Moble app available for Android and Apple iOS
  • This is Quitting - Mobile app available for Android and Apple iOS
  • Youth 13 and over can call 802Quits at 1-800-784-8669 for support (note that youth under 18 are not eligible for nicotine replacement therapy from the Quitline).
  • Contact your pediatrician to discuss options for quitting.
  • Contact your local public school to see what youth-centered quit programs are offered.

E-Cigarettes and Quitting Tobacco

E-cigarettes have not been approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation device. In fact, some people find it hard to quit smoking cigarettes while they vape e-cigarettes, and end up using both products. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. Read more on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from the Centers for Disease & Control and Prevention. People who use tobacco and are trying to quit should use proven quit tools, including individual, group or phone counseling. Adult tobacco users may want to consider using medications or nicotine replacement therapy. 

Not Ready to Quit?

If you’re not ready to quit yet, there are a lot of things you can do right now to help yourself and to protect your loved ones – including children who are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke:

•    Cut down on your smoking. To help you cut down, you can use a nicotine replacement therapy patch to help with the cravings and reduce withdrawal.
•    Stop smoking in your house or your car.
•    Ask family and friends to leave their smoke outside.
•    Don’t smoke when your children are present.

More resources on secondhand smoke