It’s never too late to quit. Stopping the use of any form of tobacco significantly improves your health and reduces your risk of lung disease, cancer, heart disease and numerous other smoking-related illnesses. The health benefits of quitting smoking today will surprise you. Did you know that you actually begin to feel the benefits of quitting smoking within as little as 20 minutes?
Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Quitting will not only benefit you, but it will benefit anyone else living with you, as you're eliminating the damaging effects of secondhand smoke.
The Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) offers and recommends the following free tobacco and vaping cessation programs.
Harris County Public Health recommends the Texas Quitline, a program offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Confidential phone counseling services and resources such as nicotine patches, gums, or lozenges are free to those who qualify.
To apply, complete, sign and fax the Texas Quitline Fax Referral form (see below). The form is considered complete only if it is signed.
Texas Quitline form: English|Español.
For more information, call the Texas Quitline at 1.877.YES.QUIT. (1.877.937.7848)
Tobacco Cessation Program:
HCPH uses Freshstart, the American Cancer Society’s free smoking cessation program.
The trained facilitators from HCPH implement the Texas Quitline and Freshstart programs as follows:
Tobacco users, residing in Harris County are eligible to participate (once screened) through a brief intervention program: Ask. Advise. Refer.
- Participants are involved in a series of four 60-minute work sessions over a four-week period (modifiable)
- Facilitators help track the average number of tobacco uses of each participant throughout the program and provides strategies to handle obstacles to assist participants in quitting smoking
- Participants are then referred to the Texas Tobacco Quitline where they have the flexibility and convenience of having a trained counselor (a Quit Coach) contact them to help form an effective quit plan
To enroll in our program, email Mayra Aquino at Mayra.Aquino@phs.hctx.net.
*HCPH also offers a Youth Vaping Prevention Program for students in 5th-12th grades.
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