How to Quit Smoking

How to Quit Smoking

1. The booklet Pathways to Freedom, developed with the aid of African American groups and endorsed by the NMA, discusses how tobacco affects the African American community, with particular attention to menthol cigarettes, presents medical and behavioral approaches to quitting, and suggests ways to educate the African American community about smoking.

Pathways to Freedom is available for distribution at worksites, churches and faith communities, and other community-based organizations, and physicians’ offices and health centers. To download a copy, visit the CDC website here.

2. The website (a joint effort by the National Cancer Institute, the CDC, the NIH, DHHS, and FirstGov) offers an “Online Guide to Quitting,” links to expert help through instant messaging and local telephone support, and many publications, such as fact sheets on smoking cessation topics, including resources for the smoker who wants to quit. The series includes titles such as “Quitting Tobacco: Handling Irritability and Frustration…Without Smoking” and “Quitting Smoking: Short-Term and Long-Term Health Benefits.”

3. The American Lung Association offers a free online smoking cessation program, at  The site also offers educational materials and covers related state and federal actions affecting smoking.

The association recognized Black History Month 2007 with a statement by its chief medical officer that begins, “Lung disease discriminates!” and offers related smoking cessation facts and resources.