Quitting smoking is the number one thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and improve your overall health. Whether you are ready to quit or are just thinking about it there are several resources to help you.
Kick It California, formerly California Smokers’ Helpline, is a free tobacco cessation program operated by UC San San Diego. The program protocol focuses on motivation, ambivalence, planning and skill-building. It’s been rigorously tested in several large randomized trials, and has been shown to double a tobacco user’s chance of quitting. The site offers live coaching in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese. All of the coaches undergo rigorous training and apprenticeships, participate in weekly monitoring and case reviews, and attend continuing education courses on cultural awareness. Lastly, Kick It California is partnered with a numerous healthcare systems, clinics, and call centers and offers a secure, electronic system for patient referrals. They also provide technical assistance and training for healthcare professionals interested in empirically-based cessation approaches.
For free telephone support and counseling or other questions, contact Kick It California:
- English 1-800-300-8086
- Spanish 1-800-600-8191
- Chinese 1-800-838-8917
- Korean 1-800-556-5564
- Vietnamese 1-800-778-8440
For Kick It California text programs, apps, Quit Vids, and other quit-smoking materials: