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How can you get free help to quit smoking?

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Free quit-smoking tools are available through the government Smokefree.gov program, including advice from experts, apps and free text messages. Free PDFs offering advice are also available.

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SmokefreeTXT is a service that sends one to five free text messages a day to smokers who want to quit. The program lasts between six and eight weeks, and it focuses on sending supportive messages to those who want to quit smoking. Users can unsubscribe from the service at any time. Additionally, the Smokefree.gov program offers access to coaches who can make the process easier. Users can access a real time text messaging service between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern time or they can call a quit number between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time. The National Cancer Institute provides both services in English and Spanish. Apps available through Smokefree.gov include Quit Plan, which allows users to track their smoking habits and moods so they can understand what triggers their cravings. Quit Start is available for teens, and it focuses on personalized tips and motivation for young individuals looking to quit.

Smokefree.gov program features PDFs on its website that target different demographics of smokers. This includes recent quitters, those about to quit, individuals in their 50s, young men, those who have quit and pregnant women who have quit. Each PDF offers useful advice designed to help the demographic it targets.

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