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Get Motivated to Quit

Changing your smoking habits can be hard. Quitting can be even harder. The first steps toward a healthier lifestyle can sometimes be the hardest, we know the challenges and can help you get motivated to kick smoking for good.

According to tobacco dependence research, the path to cessation can be broken down into five stages. Start your journey by identifying where you might fall in these stages – many successful quitters have found this model to be useful during discussions with their clinical and personal support system.

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Message from the Director

Adam Leventhal, Ph.D

  • Director, USC Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory
  • Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Keck School of Medicine
  • University of Southern California

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Los Angeles, the U.S., and globally. Tobacco addiction is a complicated issue. Clinicians, tobacco users, and the family and friends who wish to help tobacco users quit can each play a crucial role in promoting tobacco-free and disease-free lives. This site provides up-to-date information on local and national resources on smoking cessation for healthcare providers, past or present tobacco users, and community members. The science and treatment of tobacco is constantly evolving, and we are here to keep you informed. We hope that you will find this website useful, and as a good resource on smoking cessation. For questions, feel free to contact us at (323) 442-2598 or heal@usc.edu. All the best



Helping Friends and Family Quit

For some individuals, having a supportive community is key to overcoming tobacco dependence. Taking a supportive role in a friend or loved one’s journey to living tobacco free might seem daunting, but it is likely you can provide something that clinicians cannot: understanding.

The process of quitting needs to be person-specific. Take what you know about your person and use it to provide unique support! Below are some strategies to get you started as a supporter.

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The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes has altered the landscape of nicotine use. Because e-cigarettes are still relatively new, the effects on long-term health are still unknown. Current research suggests that they might be a healthier alternative to combustible cigarettes because they do not expose a user’s lungs to the toxins present in tobacco smoke.

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