Education and training to help people quit smoking

    Free Quit Smoking Services

    The California Smokers’ Helpline provides a number of services to help smokers and other tobacco users quit. All services are free.

    Telephone Counseling

    You can develop a quitting plan that’s right for you—by working one-on-one with a trained telephone counselor.  Helpline counseling is easy, convenient, and has been proven to double smokers’ chances of quitting for good. Services are available in multiple languages and special services are available for tobacco chewers, pregnant smokers, and teens. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS today! Counselors are available weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or sign up 24/7 online.

    • English: 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
    • Chinese: 1-800-838-8917
    • Korean: 1-800-556-5564
    • Spanish: 1-800-45-NO-FUME (1-800-456-6386)
    • Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440
    • Tobacco Chewers: 1-800-844-CHEW (1-800-844-2439)

    Self-help Materials & Referral to Local Programs

    To receive a free packet of materials explaining the nuts and bolts of quitting, call 1-800-NO-BUTTS or click here. You can also search and download a variety of free materials from our online catalog.

    Your free packet will include a list of quit smoking programs in your area, in case you want to go to face-to-face program. You can also search for these programs here

    Online Help

    If you want to develop your own quitting plan using this web site, start here

    Text Messaging

    Want a little extra support via text messages?  You can receive texts each day during the first important weeks of quitting. Text messages are tailored to help at critical points along the way. You can also send questions at any time and a counselor will respond within one business day. Sign up here.

    Nicotine Patches

    Some Helpline callers are eligible for free nicotine patches, sent directly to their home.  To see if you qualify, call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.


    Do you have health insurance through Medi-Cal? If so, you may qualify for special incentives to help you quit. Read more here.

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