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When you are ready to quit smoking, call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line, a free and effective service that helps Georgians quit smoking and using tobacco products.

English:   1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867)
Spanish:  1-877-2NO-FUME (877-266-3863)
Hearing Impaired:   1-877-777-6534

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is available everyday, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). It is a public health service funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health through the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program. GTUPP partners with a national tobacco cessation vendor to provide telephone and web-based counseling services in accordance with the United States Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline. 

For additional tips and resources, visit the GTQL page on DPH’s website.

What are the benefits of calling the tobacco quit line?

  • Receive FREE helpful quitting tips/techniques and support.
  • Eliminate barriers of traditional cessation classes such as waiting for a class to be held or having to drive to a location in order to be in a class.
  • Provide easy access for people who live in rural or remote areas. They can simply pick up the phone and call instead of having to drive long distances to attend a class.
  • Empower callers who may feel uncomfortable with seeking help in a group setting.

Evidenced-based Intervention

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line offers effective, evidence-based interventions to help Georgians quit smoking and using any other smokeless tobacco products (i.e., dip or snuff). For Georgians whose primary language may not be English, there are qualified interpreters available.


  • Professional assistance is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Any tobacco user 13 years or older living in Georgia.

Who Should Call the Quit Line?

  • Anyone can call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line; not only tobacco users. The general public, relatives, friends, as well as healthcare and public health professionals.

Health Improves Within 20 Minutes After Quitting

  • 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate drops.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months, after quitting heart attack risk begins to drop. Lung functions begins to improve.
  • 1 to 9 months, after quitting coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year after quitting, added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • Within 5 years, of quitting risk of cancer of the month, throat and bladder is cut in half.
  • 10 years, after quitting risk of dying from lung cancer drops by half.