Programs & Resources

Youth Cessation Programs

Research-Tested Intervention Programs

This program is part of a larger web portal called Cancer Control Planet that was developed collaboratively and is maintained to make it easier to find scientific information and evidence-based tools for use in public health and clinical practice.

To find research-tested intervention programs for tobacco cessation, click on “Select from 107 Intervention Programs.” Once there, you can select Tobacco and refine your search by Age, Race/Ethnicity, or Setting. Many of the programs listed can be downloaded directly to your computer or can be obtained on CD free of charge. For some of the programs, you must contact the developers as noted and arrange to obtain the materials.

N-O-T on Tobacco

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is the American Lung Association’s (ALA's) voluntary program for teens who want to quit smoking. It is the most researched, most widely used and most successful such program in the United States.

To develop this state-of-the art program, the ALA partnered with researchers at the West Virginia Prevention Research Center at West Virginia University. The program is research-based, effective, easy to use, and well received by teens. Since 1999, more than 150,000 teens in 48 states have participated in the N-O-T program.

Major Characteristics of N-O-T:

N-O-T helps teens understand why they smoke and helps them develop the skills, confidence, and support they need to quit. Teens learn the skills they need to tackle tough problems such as nicotine withdrawal, cravings to smoke, and peer pressure to continue smoking.

N-O-T also deals with other issues that are important to teens, such as how to control weight after quitting, how to manage stress in healthy ways, and how to communicate effectively. N O T has different tips for boys and for girls because research shows that boys and girls have different reasons for smoking and need different strategies for quitting.


Youth Cessation Resources

Clinicians & Providers

Parents and Teachers

Tobacco Free Schools

Teens and Young Adults


Help to Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker, chances are you have thought about quitting and already tried to quit at least once. If you have tried and failed, don’t give up! You are not alone. Help is available.

There are a lot of options to find the best help for you on quitting smoking.

Take a look at what’s happening at your school or in your neighborhood. You may be able to sign up for a group program or activity that offers support to help you beat smoking once and for all. Or, you can talk to your parents or your doctor about help to quit smoking. They may be able to provide the support and advice you need to help quit.

Also, check out the free resources and experts available:


Whatever option you choose, don’t forget that support is there to help you quit smoking!

American Cancer Society Legacy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Cancer Institute National Institute on Drug Abuse Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Find out how You Can Quit Smoking Consumer Demand National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative