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Is There Help for Smokers Who Are Trying to Quit?
Heartland Cancer Information Service, National Cancer Institute
Yes. Smokers can call the Cancer Information Service (CIS) at 1-800-4-CANCER and select option 3 for personalized assistance with quitting tobacco. Callers will receive one-on-one, tailored assistance and written self-help materials from information specialists trained in smoking cessation.
Research has shown that tailored messages are
effective in helping people quit using tobacco. CIS
cessation assistance is tailored to the individual
caller's reasons for using tobacco, pattern of tobacco
use, degree of addiction, tobacco history, and level of
determination to quit. In providing assistance, CIS
information specialists consider where each caller is in
the quitting process. Some may just want information
about addiction. Others may be resolved to quit but may
need encouragement. Many are ready to develop an action
plan. All callers receive support and encouragement.
Smokers can call the CIS as often as they need to
during their journey to a tobacco-free life. Smoking
cessation services are available in both English and
For more information about the CIS and its services,
visit the NCI Web site at
and click on the Cancer Information Service link.
The Cancer Information Service (CIS) of the Heartland, serves Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri & Illinois. The CIS is a program of the National Cancer Institute. Call the CIS toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. local time.
Last Updated 05/05/2009