Most people who use tobacco products say that they want to quit. The Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program offers several free tools to help people quit using tobacco products, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Many of these resources take the form of quitlines: phone numbers that users can call or text to get personalized, evidence-based advice on how to quit. Anyone in Kentucky can use these services free, with no referral needed from a healthcare provider.
A side-by-side comparison of Kentucky's three free quitlines is available in addition to the information below.
Quit Now Kentucky
The most popular quitline is Quit Now Kentucky, which offers confidential, one-on-one coaching for Kentuckians who want to quit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, dip, and chew. Some people are eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy. Coaching is available by phone or online chat, and in English or Spanish. Quit Now Kentucky is available to people of all ages. This Quit Now Kentucky Cessation Services Fact Sheet gives a quit explanation of the services offered by Quit Now Kentucky. Here is a Spanish version .
Quit Now Kentucky is available from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern time (6 a.m. to midnight Central time), seven days a week.
To learn more about Quit Now Kentucky:
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) / Llame al 1-855-DEJELO-YA (855-335-3569)
Text QUITKY to 797979
On the web go to Quit Now Kentucky
My Life, My Quit
Teens who want to quit using tobacco products are encouraged to reach out to My Life, My Quit, a free, confidential quitline for Kentuckians who are 17 or younger. This service is similar to Quit Now Kentucky, but was designed specifically for young people and uses coaches who are trained to work with adolescents. Coaching is available by text message, by phone, or by online chat. For more information on how My Life, My Quit helps young people, read this press release from when the service was launched in November 2019.
My Life, My Quit is available from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern time (6 a.m. to midnight Central time), seven days a week.
To learn more about My Life, My Quit:
Text START MY QUIT to 855-891-9989
On the web go to My Life, My Quit
This is Quitting
Young adults and teens who want to quit using e-cigarettes can get free help from a free texting service called This is Quitting. This service is for people ages 13 to 24 and only provides coaching by text message. People who enroll in This is Quitting receive one text per day leading up to the day they quit vaping, and for at least two months after they quit.
This is Quitting is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To sign-up, text KENTUCKY to 88709.
Information for Health Care Providers
Physicians, dentists and other health care providers can make a big difference in helping their patients quit tobacco. Research shows tobacco users who are encouraged to quit by their health care providers are more motivated than those who are not. When health care providers don't encourage their patients to quit, some patients think that means tobacco use is okay.
Referring Patients to Quit Now Kentucky
Patients do not need a referral in order to enroll in Quit Now Kentucky. However, the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program encourages health care providers to talk to their patients directly about quitting smoking. Health care provider referrals can help patients take the important first step of enrolling in a quitline.
There are three ways to refer a patient to Quit Now Kentucky:
Through the fax referral form
Through the eReferral process
Through a web referral on the Quit Now Kentucky website
All information is confidential. However, health care providers can receive feedback on their referrals if they use the fax referral form or the eReferral process and the patient gives their consent.
Quit Now Kentucky offers services in English or Spanish, and provides free, third-party translation services for patients who speak other languages. Services are also available for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired. Women who are pregnant or postpartum may receive additional free incentives for enrolling in Quit Now Kentucky.
For information about the Quit Now Kentucky services please refer to the Health Providers Fact Sheet.
Resources for Talking to Patients About Quitting Tobacco