Patient Resources

Tobacco Cessation


Smoking causes many health problems and life-threatening diseases. The best way to help yourself and your health is to quit tobacco use. When you're ready to quit, the following agencies are ready to help you.

Please click on the link below to find information in your area. A world map will come up with countries in grey.  When you click on a region, you'll either see the area highlighted in red or blue.  Countries highlighted in red do not provide services. If you click on the countries highlighted in blue, contact information will appear.

Quitline Services World Map
If you're already working with a physician, we also recommend that you ask that person to help you identify local resources. 

Tips for Friends and Family of Quitters
Family members and friends can play a key role in the quit-smoking process.

Smoking Cessation Health Center

The facts on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults

Burning Desire: The Seduction of Smoking - Peter Taylor
Award-winning reporter Peter Taylor investigates the state of the tobacco industry, the reasons why thousands of young people around the world are still taking up the habit and reveals the tactics used by the tobacco companies to deliver big profits. Cigarettes are the most lethal consumer product on the planet. Every year, over five million customers of the tobacco industry die. Around the world, governments have responded to the carnage by pushing up prices, banning advertising, and banning smoking in pubs, restaurants and work places. Yet despite this, the industry continues to thrive. In 2012, tobacco pulled in three quarters of a trillion dollars in retail sales. The manufacturers turned that into a $50 billion profit. Taylor talks to the head of British American Tobacco, who delivers a clear admission that smoking is harmful to health, along with this pledge: "I think we are different because we are at the forefront of driving that tobacco harm reduction future and I understand that we are indeed the problem. That is no reason for us not to be part of the solution."  In making this program, Taylor was given access to the factories, research laboratories and the executives of British American Tobacco.

Public Unclear on What Makes Cigarettes Dangerous
Misperceptions about the dangers associated with inhaling cigarette smoke into the lungs are common among adults and teens in the United States, according to findings from three nationally representative surveys. Primary journal article.

Corrective Statement Ads
A US federal court judge ordered tobacco companies in the United States to inform the public about the dangers of smoking. The court ordered corrective statement ads are paid for by the tobacco companies Philip Morris USA, Lorillard, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Altria Group.


Tobacco Cessation Guidelines for High Risk-Risk Populations
Aim of the project is to provide an individualized approach to smoking cessation within five clearly distinctive subpopulations of smokers, who obviously cannot continue to be treated as a single entity. Teenagers, cardiovascular patients, pregnant women, patients with diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease belong to clearly distinct groups and reasonably require a tailored approach to treatment.

e-Cigarettes and Cancer Patients - Journal of Thoracic Oncology Article
e-Cigarettes are a rapidly growing market and there is limited infomation on the long-term impact of these devices. Many patients and the marketers of these devices often suggest the devices are an option in the efforts to get smokers to reduce and eliminate their use fo tobaaco. The IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation committee published a commentary in the IASLC Journal of Thoracic Oncology in the April, 2014 edition which offers a worldwide perspective on the information available and a context for medical practitioners to communicate with their patients.

Overview of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: A Systematic Review
The authors conducted a systematic review of published empirical research literature on ENDS through May 31, 2016, using a detailed search strategy in the PubMed electronic database, expert review, and additional targeted searches. Included studies presented empirical findings and were coded to at least one of nine topics: (1) Product Features; (2) Health Effects; (3) Consumer Perceptions; (4) Patterns of Use; (5) Potential to Induce Dependence; (6) Smoking Cessation; (7) Marketing and Communication; (8) Sales; and (9) Policies; reviews and commentaries were excluded.

Doctors and Tobacco Control
Tri-fold brouchure produced by the IASLC that addresses: 1) Why Is It So Important for Doctors to Address Tobacco?, 2) Clinical Treatment and Support, 3) Clinical Recommendations, 4) What Physicians Can Do, and 5) Physican Resources. Feel free to print and distribute.

Tobacco Control Journal
The Tobacco Control Journal website has numerous research articles and news updates in the field of tobacco control. It also provides significant coverage of the health aspects of e-Cigarettes. Much of the research is open access and downloadable.

ASCO Tobacco Cessation Guide for Oncology Providers
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and IASLC share many members dedicated to reducing the use and impact of tobacco worldwide. ASCO® recently published the Tobacco Cessation Guide for Oncology Providers. The guide provides tips to practitioners on how to help their patients stop using tobacco. This guide can be accessed at:

Cancer.Net Information on Tobaccco Use
ASCO’s Cancer.Net site has information regarding tobacco use and quitting smoking including online materials and podcasts.

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Tobacco Dependence Toolkit
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) provides a free Tobacco Dependence Treatment Toolkit to assist healthcare professionals in making their patients become smoke-free.

NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines for Smoking Cessation
Written for the treatment of smokers diagnosed with cancer, the NCCN Guidelines® for Smoking Cessation recommends treatment plans that include evidence-based pharmacotherapy and behavior therapy.

Educational Slide Set for Physicians on Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessaion
Slide deck prepared by the 2016 IASLC Tobacco Control Smoking Cessation Committee for the Live Learning Program.

Tobacco Cessation in Cancer Prevention and Treatment: A Call to Action for California Cancer Centers
This Call to Action highlights gaps in cessation services from a national and California perspective for California Cancer Centers and providers, and identifies opportunities and resources for improving tobacco treatment and cessation services in oncology settings.

Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco harm reduction
Royal College of Physicians' report to aims to provide a fresh update on the use of harm reduction in tobacco smoking, in relation to all non-tobacco nicotine products but particularly e-cigarettes. It concludes that, for all the potential risks involved, harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use, and to hasten our progress to a tobacco-free society.

Tobacco Discouragement - Towards a smoke-free society
Tobacco Discouragement - Towards a smoke-free society sets out the position of the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG, a federation of medical practitioners' professional associations) as part of the program on preventive and national health care, March 2016, Utrecht.

Association of Long-term, Low-Intensity Smoking With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality in the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study
There is no safe level of cigarette smoking. The findings ought to compel physicians to intervene with patients who report any level of current tobacco use.


World Health Orginization Tobacco Fact Sheets 
The World Health Organization has current information on the global tobacco epidemic and work on tobacco control.

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO. It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on 21 May 2003 and entered into force on 27 February 2005. It has since become one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties in United Nations history.

Framework Convention Alliance
FCA works on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Impact of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on the Implementation and Effectiveness of Tobacco Control Measures: A Global Evidence Review
This report was prepared by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) at the University of Waterloo, Canada. The report aims to provide a global evidence review on the impact of the WHO FCTC on the implementation of tobacco control legislation and the effectiveness of those implementations.

The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control
This publication, a collaboration between the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute (United States), is an outcome of teamwork among international authors and reviewers from across academia, international organizations, and government. It represents the culmination of many years of research on the economics of tobacco and tobacco control, and is a truly remarkable contribution to what is an important and ever-evolving area of public health. The publication of such a timely and relevant piece of work in the area of the economics of tobacco and tobacco control is welcome.

Tobacco Control Laws
An interactive website designed for advocates, researchers, legal professionals, and other members of the public interested in tobacco control to access information about tobacco control legislation and litigation worldwide. Legislation is a project of the International Legal Consortium of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C. The website allows users to search and download tobacco control laws from around the world. Litigation is a project of the International Legal Consortium of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in collaboration with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. The website allows users to access an extensive and fully searchable database of tobacco control litigation decisions from courts around the world.

The CISNET Lung group has just launched a new online tool that simulates the potential effects of tobacco control policies on population health in the US, with estimates for each of the 50 states and Washington DC. The Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) tool, available at, is a web-based interface that includes policies to raise the tax on cigarettes, implement smoke-free air laws, increase tobacco control program expenditures, and raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco.

Tobacco in America - Leaving the Vulnerable Behind is a short report compiled by Action on Smoking & Health whose purpose is to provide a brief on global policy mechanisms and tobacco targets, highlight what is and is not being done to achieve them, and illustrate what can be done to bolster tobacco control.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Works Globally to Fight Antismoking Measures
Artilce in the New York Times on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its vast network of country affiliates engaging in a global effort to dismantle antismoking laws, taking up the fight on behalf of cigarette companies. Related graphic.   A report that examines the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's pro-tobacco industry international lobbying efforts, which are "out of step" with the positions of its own Board of Directors.

FDA Tobacco Control Actions

The FCTC Confence of the Parties (COP-6) meeting in Moscow. 
This meeting is focused on several topics of relevance to global tobacco control including price/tax policies, regulation of electronic cigarettes, tobacco trade policies, and other topics.

Divesting from Tobacco Funds
Bronwyn King - Meet the Melbourne oncologist now at the centre of Big Tobacco’s dartboard. A second article on Bronwyn King in The Guardian.

A Dutch Dilemma
A Cancer Today article on tobacco control in the Netherlands. While much of the Western world was tightening restrictions on smoking, one European nation, the Netherlands, found itself embroiled in a political struggle between individual freedoms and public health.

Lawyers in the Netherlands file lawsuit against tobaccco industry
Lawyer Bénédicte Ficq of legal firm Meijering Van Kleef Ficq & Van der Werf today filed charges with the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office, on behalf of the Dutch Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation, lung cancer patient Anne Marie van Veen and COPD patient Lia Breed, against four tobacco manufacturers that are active in the Netherlands: Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Benelux. Videos about the lawsuit.

Tobacco control in Europe: a policy review
This article aims to present the achievements and challenges of tobacco control in Europe, focussing on the available legally binding instruments such as the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive at the European Union level.

Letters the IASLC has signed pertaining to various aspects of tobacco control.
Letters to numerous agencies with regard to various aspects of tobacco control. 

International Tobacco Control Plain Packaging of Cigarettes

This video on plain packaging of cigarettes from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project explains why standardized plain packaging in so important for tobacco control. The ITC project was set up to assess the effectiveness of tobacco control policies implemented as part of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The ITC international research team includes over 100 tobacco control researchers in 22 countries worldwide, inclusive of the IASLC Chair of the Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control Committee, Mike Cummings.



Uruguay's Tobacco Control Strategy Delivers Results

Uruguay was one of the first countries in the America's to pass smoke-free indoor air policies . The video is a report by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project on the short term positive impacts of this legislation and demonstrates the effectiveness of such legislation. Two of the co-authors of the report, Drs. Eduardo Bianco and Stanton Glantz, talk about the economic and public health impact of the smoke-free law in Uruguay.



Cancer Council of Victoria Australia on Plain Packaging 
With the recent success in Australia to pass laws on plain packaging of tobacco products, efforts are underway to establish similar laws in other countries. Here are resources for policymakers and advocates interested in providing support for these efforts. The Cancer Council of Victoria in Australia provides a section on its website with facts about the benefits of plain packaging in reducing cigarette consumption and its importance in reducing young people becoming users of tobacco.

Honorable Nicola Roxon "You Can Take on Big Tobacco and Win" 
IASLC was greatful for the presence of the Honorable Nicola Roxon at its World Confernece on Lung Cancer in Sydney Australia in October of 2013. The former Australian Health Minister and former Attorney-General led the effort to pass plain packaging laws in Australia and discussed the steps taken to overcome great resistance from the tobacco industry.

IASLC has been active in providing educational information to governmental officals, members of the public and press, as well as others considering new regulations or treaties which will impact the use and sale of tobacco products. These efforts include writing to ambassoors of the Transpacific Partnership Trade Agreements member countries, the President of the United States, and providing scientific information in the United Kingdom where plain packaging legislation os under consideration. Under review of the IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Committee and the IASLC Board of Direcotrs, IASLC is also active in supporting campaigns and activities of other organizations leading similar wfforts around the world. 

The ActionToQuit Network
ActionToQuit is a tobacco control policy program dedicated to reducing tobacco-related death, disease and cost through communication, education, and advocacy. 


Tobacco control in Poland - successes and challenges.
For many years, tobacco smoking was the major single avoidable cause of premature mortality in Poland. In the 1970s and 1980s, Poland was a country with an extremely high prevalence of smoking and lung cancer mortality among men in the world. By 1990, over 40% of Polish men died prematurely from smoking-attributed diseases. However, the enforcement of comprehensive tobacco-control measures and programs based on the World Health Organization recommendations and the best practices from other countries, contributed to a spectacular decrease of smoking incidence, particularly in men. This led to dramatic decrease in lung cancer incidence and mortality, and to a substantial improvement in public health in Poland. This article reviews the achievements of tobacco-control in Poland over the past decades and points out current challenges in this field.

Fundación Interamericana del Corazón - Argentina
Social organizations from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay launched "Health Is Not Negotiable. Civil Society against the Tobacco Industry's Strategies in Latin America. Case studies 2014". This report compiles cases recorded in these seven countries, portraying big tobacco's tactics to block the enactment and enforcement of tobacco control policies.

U.S. Surgeon General Report 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first report of the Surgeon General on smoking and health. The scientific report provided a foundation for tobacco control in the United States. The Surgeon General's website provides the full report of the first and all susequent reports along with numerous resources for policy makers and patients.

US Surgeon General - Initiatives on Tobacco

The IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Committee gathered some news reports and public relations clips from the early days of the legal and public relations efforts by tobacco companies to battle legislation and public opinion following the January 11, 1964 report. The linked clip highlights some of this information and includes Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry's original public announcement.

US Surgeon General - E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults
Tobacco use among youth and young adults in any form, including e-cigarettes, is not safe. In recent years, e-cigarette use by youth and young adults has increased at an alarming rate. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the United States. This timely report highlights the rapidly changing patterns of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, assesses what we know about the health effects of using these products, and describes strategies that tobacco companies use to recruit our nation's youth and young adults to try and continue using e-cigarettes. The report also outlines interventions that can be adopted to minimize the harm these products cause to our nation's youth. Associated Fact Sheet.