History of Quit Now NC!

Quit Now NC! (QNNC!) is a statewide tobacco use cessation partnership that promotes awareness, develops resources, and conducts trainings to help North Carolinians successfully quit tobacco. QNNC! conducts outreach and trainings for physicians and health professionals, develops simple cessation tools, maintains a cessation website with a county cessation directory, and promotes two telephone-based quitlines and their associated websites.

Quit Now NC! is a partnership between:

Join Quit Now NC!

  • Any healthcare setting and professional can join the Quit Now NC! collaborative. Participants will receive QNNC! e-letters, have access and use rights to QNNC! materials, and learn about the latest science, resources, and trainings available to help their patients quit tobacco. QNNC! wants to make your job easier. To join the QNNC! listserv, please email Kristy Lowther.

Quit Now NC! Resources

  • Physician, Health Professional, and Health System Outreach - Second only to a tobacco-free worksite, a physician's advice is most effective in helping people successfully quit tobacco. The QNNC! partners conduct outreach to doctors, health professionals, and healthcare systems by providing the latest tools and ongoing support. For more information about QNNC!, please click here. NC Prevention Partners offers Prevention Rx workshops that provide science-based tools and training to healthcare professionals to ensure that nutrition, physical activity, and quitting tobacco are systematically addressed in patient care. Online information for clinicians is available at the Surgeon General's website.

  • Simple Tools for Health Professionals - The Starting the Conversation on tobacco tools are available to help healthcare professionals or consumers start the conversation about tobacco use and to be aware of referral options for more intensive counseling. Health departments and public clinics can get these materials and limited promotional materials by contacting Julie Helsabeck at the NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch at 919-707-5403. Private doctor's offices can order Starting the Conversation tools. For information about ordering QNNC! materials, click here. For organizations wishing to add their logo, add contact information, and professionally print the brochures, contact Kristy Lowther. A poster is available for display in your waiting area, weigh-in area, or patient rooms by contacting info@ncpreventionpartners.org.

  • NC Good Health Directory - A comprehensive NC directory of local cessation programs and specialists is listed by county to assist people and physicians in locating services and vendors throughout NC who can aid those ready to quit smoking, chewing, and/or spitting. The Directory can be searched by county, zip code, and town.

  • Quitlines & Quitting Websites - The NC Quitline is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Pregnant smokers can call the American Legacy Foundation quitline at 1-866-66-START for counseling and information, Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sat. 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or visit www.americanlegacy.org/greatstart. For more information, go to I Want To Quit Now.


Quit Now NC! is funded by the NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch located within the NC Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services.