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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 Spanish.

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.




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