California Smokers' Helpline
The California Smokers’ Helpline is a FREE telephone program that can help you quit
smoking. More than 100,000 people have called and received help.
Questions and Answers
How can the California Smokers’ Helpline help you to quit?
Does the telephone counseling really work?
- Self-help materials are provided if you would like to quit smoking on your own
A referral list of other programs in your area, if you would like to attend a group
or a class is available
Confidential, one-on-one telephone counseling, if you are ready to quit smoking and
want some help are also available
Will some insurance plans pay for the nicotine patch?
- Yes! People who receive counseling are twice as likely to stay quit as those
who try to quit on their own. These results are from a research study of over 3,000 smokers
- Many plans, including Medi-Cal, will pay for the patch for those enrolled in a quit
smoking program, such as the California Smokers’ Helpline. Check with your insurance
company to find out whether you are covered for Zyban or a nicotine replacement product
such as the gum, inhaler, patch, or spray
The Helpline is Here for You
Call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. Free help is just a phone call away!
Service hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
If you call after hours or if the lines are busy, you will reach the Helpline’s 24-hour voice
The Helpline has services in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, and
TDD/TTY. These services are also available for those wanting to quit chewing tobacco. For
help quitting chew, call the California Chewers’ Helpline at 1-800-844-CHEW.
Anyone in California can call the Helpline, whether they are currently smoking, have already
quit, or want information for a friend or relative.
Counselors at the Helpline are caring professionals, trained in the field of smoking cessation.
Quiting is Easier with Help
(800) NO-BUTTS (662-8887)
(800) 45-NO-FUME (456-6386)
TDD/TTY - (800) 933-4TDD (4833)
|Mandarin and Cantonese
(800) 844-CHEW (2439)