Some people can kick their smoking habit by going cold turkey. But most find success because they asked for help. To be successful, you need to know what your options are and what to expect as your body adjusts to living without nicotine. Below are answers to some common questions you will find helpful.

Why should I quit smoking?

You have already tried going cold turkey a time or two (or a dozen). Putting support systems in place first will boost your chance of success.

What can I do to quit?

Examine the reasons you smoke, and start keeping track of the times and situations that trigger the habit. This will help you develop a strategy to thwart the urge. Also, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the treatments and medications now available to help you quit. And develop a network of friends and family members who will support you through the process.

How can I learn more?

Check smoking cessation tips (online courses, tools and trackers, articles, coaching).

  • Classes and Support Groups offered through your medical group
    • As a WHA member, you have access to smoking cessation classes sponsored by our network's medical groups, even those not connected to your primary care physician's (PCP's) medical group.
    • Unless otherwise noted, most health programs or classes are free and you can join online.
Smoking Cessation Resources
NorthBay Healthcare Hill Physicians
Northern California Center for Well-Being Dignity Health


  • MyWHA Wellness  
    • Complete your wellness assessment and create an action plan to help you quit smoking:
      • Set a quit date
      • Choose a medication
      • Conquer your urges
      • Control your environment
      • Get support
      • Stay quit

More Resources

These organizations have an abundance of  information on how to to get started when you are ready to quit smoking.

Last review date: December 6, 2018

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