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Smoking cessation resources

Local resources

iCAN Quit program at VCU Massey Cancer Center
We understand the challenge of wanting to quit and stay smoke-free while at the same time dealing with a medical diagnosis, treatment and feeling sick. If you or someone in your family is interested in quitting smoking, please tell your nurse, doctor or other health care provider, and they can connect you to the iCAN Quit program. There are trained providers who can discuss cessation treatment in more detail with you. To connect directly with the program, please email

VCU Health Department of Psychiatry
If you are thinking about quitting and believe you need additional in-person support, you can contact the VCU Health Department of Psychiatry, which supports the iCAN Quit program. Call 804-828-2000 or email A trained counselor may be able to meet with you for a brief period of time given availability.

iCAN Quit at the Hub@25th
Peer support during the quitting process is important. As part of the iCAN Quit program, we offer cessation group “Quit Clinics” at the Hub@25th. For more information, call 804-628-0235.

Lung Cancer Screening Clinics at VCU Health
Lung cancer is treatable and potentially curable if found early. If you are a long-term heavy current or former smoker, age 55-80, your risk of developing lung cancer is significantly increased, and a low-dose CT lung scan may help catch cancer early when it is most treatable. The iCAN Quit program provides brief counseling support for smoking cessation as part of this program. Call 804-827-LUNG (5864) to schedule an appointment.

City of Richmond Free From Tobacco Program
Community Peer Cessation coaches work within the City of Richmond to build community relationships and connect local residents to cessation resources and free nicotine replacement therapy. Email or call 804-482-8018 for more information.

National resources

Telephone Counseling- Virginia Quitline
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit to speak with a trained quit coach for free. Coaches are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services are available in English and Spanish. Special multi-call services are available for the uninsured.

Text 2 Quit
If you are ready to quit, text VCU to 47848 to receive free text messages that give continual encouragement, advice and tips for becoming smoke-free. For extra support, text CRAVE, MOOD or SLIP. You will receive 3-5 messages, tips, advice or motivational statements per day for 6-8 weeks. There are also separate texting programs for veterans, pregnant moms and those who want to quit dip. Check out for more information.

If you are thinking about quitting but not ready to stop completely, then text GO to 47848. You can receive messages and daily challenges to help you build your quitting skills. Again visit for more information. You can opt out at any time.

“This is Quitting” for youth (age 13-24) interested in quitting vaping
“This is Quitting” is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind text messaging program incorporates messages from other young people who have attempted to or successfully quit e-cigarettes. Text DITCHJUUL to 88709.

QuitGuide is a free app that helps you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smoke-free.

QuitSTART is a free smartphone app that can help you track your cravings and moods, monitor your progress toward achieving smoke-free milestones, identify your smoking triggers and upload personalized “pick-me-ups” and reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smoke-free.

Online resources by the Truth Initiative is an online interactive, self-paced and guided quit plan platform that provides peer support from ex-smokers, community forums, live chat support with coaches, optional text messaging, videos and many other features. by the American Lung Association is a proven way to quit smoking — and stay quit — even if you’ve tried before and went back to smoking. Get educational pamphlets, complete an online course, talk to a telephone counselor or find a local in-person counselor here.
The National Cancer Institute offers an online booklet called “Clearing The Air: Quit Smoking Today” that is designed to provide support at any stage of quitting.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology offers an online booklet of information to empower patients with cancer to talk with their cancer care team about quitting tobacco.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention campaign “Tips from Former Smokers” offers online information, videos and tips to quit from former smokers.