Tobacco Cessation


Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable deaths in the US, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah, and chewing tobacco.

Quitting will not only benefit you, but it will benefit anyone else living with you! 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?

The Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) offers and recommends the following free tobacco and vaping cessation programs.

For Individuals
Harris County Public Health recommends the Texas Quitline, a program offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. FREE confidential phone counseling services are available24/7 along with resources such as nicotine patches, gums, or lozenges which may be free to those who qualify.
To apply, please visit
[or call 1.877.YES.QUIT (1.877.937.7848)

For more information, call the Texas Quitline at 1.877.YES.QUIT. (1.877.937.7848) or visit

For Organizations:
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 work sessions over a period of time.
  • Facilitators can help track the average number of tobacco uses of participant throughout the program and provides strategies to handle obstacles to assist participants in quitting smoking.
  • Participants interested in quitting can be 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 /call:

Esther Gabay
[email protected]

*HCPH also offers a Youth Vaping Prevention Program for students in 5th-12th grades.

NEWS RELEASE: FDA Commits to Evidence-Based Actions Aimed at Saving Lives and Preventing Future Generations of Smokers

"The FDA is working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars; the authority to adopt product standards is one of the most powerful tobacco regulatory tools Congress gave the agency. This decision is based on clear science and evidence establishing the addictiveness and harm of these products and builds on important, previous actions that banned other flavored cigarettes in 2009."

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Contact Us

Esther Gabay
[email protected]