BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a new year and if you’re a smoker what better time to quit.

Health experts are hoping a lot of quitters will be teens.

That’s because, according to the National Cancer Institute, a lot of young people are smoking, which can lead to dangerous health consequences as they get older.

So in an effort to help young smokers kick the habit, the NCI is creating a new program called Smokefree TXT.

It’s a free text message cessation service that provides 24-hour encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking.

And it’s easy.

Teens sign up, and select a reasonable date to quit.

After that, text messages timed to their selected quit date are sent on a regular basis.

Following their quit date, they will continue to receive texts for up to six weeks.

Smoking experts say six weeks is a critical time, because that’s when people need the most support to stay off tobacco for good.

And the government agency also provides a website where teens can talk to one another about their efforts to quit.

According to the NCI, 20-percent of American teens are smokers and most will continue to smoke as they age.

Even though many teens want to quit, many don’t know how.

So the NCI is hoping this modern day advice line will help some kids through the difficult process of giving up smoking.

Teens can sign up online at or text quit to iquit (47848).

Comments (3)
  1. Ермин Климента says:

    I was a smoker for a long time but then i realized that my life had gone to the worst … i wan’t healthy at all and i realized that everything my folks always tried to tell me that in life the most important thing is health … you can have it all but without health you cannot live to enjoy anything. Anyways i was always smoking and always waking up feeling tired and smelly breath all the time … i had heart problems and what not… i even smoked e-cigs but didnt help only took a turn to the worse.. I had a heart attack and decided to quit for good! And i did but not alone and im not ashamed to admit it because i had some help from some products from this site <- is the place to be if u want to be smoke free like me and i Hope that kids that are reading this and are still not addicted but are trying cigs out !! STOP !! NOW!! Please :( Thanks

  2. J Williams says:

    If you are interested in a non teen oriented program check out

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