Time to Quit

Why Quit?


Quitting tobacco use is one of the best things you can do, for yourself and your family.



For Yourself:

Better health
Live longer and reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, emphysema, etc.
Increased stamina 
Exercise longer and improve your endurance by giving up tobacco.

Improved looks
Stopping smoking helps the skin stay healthy and young-looking.

More money
The money you save could boost your savings.

Better sex
Tobacco use is a significant cause of impotence.

For Your Family:
Protect them from second hand smoke. 
Your partner and kids could be at risk for lung cancer, asthma and heart disease because of your smoke.

Set the example. 
Keep your kids tobacco-free by being their positive role model.




Once You've Decided

Set a quit date, and stick to it. 
Choose a date, mark your calendar, and prepare to become smoke-free.
Tell friends and family about your decision to quit smoking.
Quitting isn't easy. You'll need the support of your friends and family to succeed. Remember to ask smokers not to offer you cigarettes or light up in your presence.
Throw away all your cigarettes, lighters, matches and ashtrays.
Reduce the temptation to light up by getting rid of all cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia.

Plan your quit strategies.
The urge to smoke is powerful. Prepare your strategies in advance to counter the craving for a cigarette.

Get help.
Talk to your doctor about quitting, and about medications than can double your chance of success. Find out where you can get help in Guam.

Reward yourself.
Plan a system of rewards for each milestone you reach without a cigarette.

Keep on track.
It’s difficult to quit, but it CAN be done.

Why is quitting so difficult?

The nicotine in cigarettes is powerfully addictive. Smoking is also a large part of many people's lives. Unfortunately, it can, and does, harm your health. And it kills.



HHS Smoking Cessations Mobile Apps

The Department of Health and Human Services offers various Smartphone applications that can assist individuals with refraining from smoking.  These Smoking Cessation apps provide strategies, tracking mechanisms and support.  They are designed to guide a smoking through various phases of quitting and staying smoke free.   

Below are the apps and a brief description of what they accomplish:


NCI Quit Pal

NCI QuitPal

By: National Cancer Institute

Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

This mobile app will help you become smoke-free! It offers proven strategies and tools to help assist you with giving up smoking. Features Include:

  • Calendar functions to set a quit date, financial goals by date, and reminders

  • Track daily smoking habits with an easy-to-use log

  • Graphic features tracking the money you’ve saved and the number of packs you have not smoked

  • Health milestone alerts and craving tips to stay motivated

  • Facebook and Twitter integration so you can update your friends when you’ve reach a milestone

  • Video diary features, and the ability to receive personalized video messages from loved ones


Quit Guide


By: National Cancer Institute

Platforms: iPhone and Android

This mobile app can help you prepare to quit smoking and support you in the days and weeks after you quit. It describes what problems you can expect when you quit smoking and includes interactive tips to keep you smoke free. With it you can save useful information in favorites and share what you’re reading via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.


Quit Start


By: National Cancer Institute

Platforms: iPhone

The QuitSTART mobile app will kick-start your smoke free lifestyle. With it you can track cravings and moods and monitor your progress toward achieving smoke free milestones.  The app also allows you to identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” for support during challenging times.

Time to Quit Resources

Factsheets translated into Chuukese

Tobacco Cessation 


Department of Public Health & Social Services, Smoking Quitline
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-7848-669)


On Guam
Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center
Peter Cruz , Cessation Facilitator 
(671) 477-9079/8861

Department of Public Health and Social Services
Health Education Section
Educational print and video materials
(671) 735-7289

Guam Memorial Hospital
Renee Veksler
(671) 647-2350 

Health Status Improvement 
US Naval Hospital Guam 
Cessation Program for military personnel and dependents
(671) 344-9124 / (671) 344-9340 

SDA Wellness Center
Comprehensive healthy lifestyle program
(671) 647-7521 to 24

Sanctuary, Inc.
Cessation program for youth 
(671) 475-7102

Takecare Stop Smoking
Smoking Cessation Class
(671) 647-3526 

University of Guam Student Health Center
Gloria Mendiola 

Cessation Program for UOG Staff and students
Ms. Gloria Balajadia, (671) 735-2225
Quit Lines
American Cancer Society Quit line 

American Lung Association Quit line

National Cancer Institute Quit line 

Free & Clear Stop Smoking Program 
1-800-292-2336 M-F, 1-10 am Guam time 
(For Pacificare subscribers)