Tobacco Cessation

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It’s never too late to quit. Stopping the use of any form of tobacco significantly improves your health and reduces your risk of lung disease, cancer, heart disease and numerous other smoking-related illnesses. The health benefits of quitting smoking today will surprise you. Did you know that you actually begin to feel the benefits of quitting smoking within as little as 20 minutes? Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. The Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) supports the following two free tobacco cessation programs.

For Individuals
The Texas Quitline is a program offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Confidential phone counseling services and resources such as nicotine patches, gums, or lozenges are free to those who qualify. 

To apply, complete, sign and fax the Texas Quitline Fax Referral form (see below). The form is considered complete only if it is signed.

Texas Quitline form: English|Español.
For more information, call the Texas Quitline at 1.877.YES.QUIT. (1.877.937.7848)

For groups:
Freshstart is the American Cancer Society’s free smoking cessation program. 

The trained facilitators from  HCPH implement the Texas Quitline and Freshstart programs as follows:
Tobacco users, residing in Harris County are eligible to participate (once screened) through a brief intervention program: Ask. Advise. Refer.

  • Participants are involved in a series of four 60-minute work sessions over a four week period (modifiable)
  • Facilitators help track the average number of tobacco uses of each participant throughout the program and provides strategies to handle obstacles to assist participants in quitting smoking
  • Participants are then referred to the Texas Tobacco Quitline where they have the flexibility and convenience of having a trained counselor (a Quit Coach) contact them to help form an effective quit plan

To enroll in our program, download this form and email to

  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How long is the program?

The program is four weeks long and is modifiable for community partners.

2. How much does it cost?

The program is free to all participants.

3. What age range can participate?

The program is open to all ages.

4. When can we begin the program?

Participants can begin the program within two weeks of registering.