Ready to quit?

Standing By. Ready to Help.

The California Smokers' Helpline is a FREE personal and confidential telephone counseling service that has been proven to double a smoker's chance of quitting successfully. Call today!1 2

Support is also available in the following languages:


Cantonese and Mandarin




Tobacco Chewers' Helpline

Hours of Operation:

Mon. - Fri.7AM - 9PM Pacific Time
Sat. - Sun.9AM - 5PM Pacific Time

To sign up online, click here.

Is There a Smoker in Your Life You Hope Will Quit?

Be supportive.

Family and friends are an important source of support and motivation for smokers who are trying to quit. Your support matters in helping your loved one quit tobacco and become healthy. Don't give up on them!

Be patient.

Also, remember that most people try several times before they quit for good, so be patient. If they start smoking again, try not to be disappointed or make them feel guilty. Instead, help them start thinking about trying to quit again.

Be encouraging.

While you cannot make someone quit, your encouragement will be a source of motivation. They may also need other forms of support, such as from a trained specialist. Suggest that they call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS. The Helpline is a free service that has been proven to double a smoker's chances of quitting for good. 1 2 You may also call the Helpline yourself to receive advice on how you can help them quit.

Click here for information on how to help someone you care about quit tobacco.

Send a message to motivate, encourage or support someone to quit tobacco.
Paper Airplane - A special message of encouragement for someone who has quit smoking.
Paper Airplane - A special message of encouragement for someone who has quit smoking.
Hero - A message of gratitude for loved ones in the military who have quit tobacco.
Celebration Time - Quitting smoking is an accomplishment that should be celebrated every day.
Time to Play - Quitting cigarettes means more time to spend with your family doing the things you love.
Kurtz Cartoon - 1-800-NO-BUTTS
undo Man - Spread the word. Let's undo tobacco?
Cliff - A gratifying end to the struggle with tobacco's terrible addiction.
Debi - A powerful message to help motivate someone to quit.
Origami - Imagine a world where we undo tobacco and our wish for a healthier California is granted.
Mind if I smoke? Care if I die? - The perfect response when someone asks that appalling question.
Impotent Cowboy - One more reason for men to quit smoking.
Me Muero Por Fumar - Smoking is a decision for death, not for life.
  • Hughes, J.R. "Motivating and Helping Smokers to Stop Smoking," Journal of General Internal Medicine (2003) December; 18(12): 1053-57.
  • Fiore, M.C., Jaen, C.R., Baker, T.B., et al., Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. May 2008.