Breathe California's Ash Kickers Quit Smoking program helps adults who want to quit. Through this program, we offer free cessation classes in English and Spanish to adults who live or work in San Mateo County and provide free Nicotine Replacement patches to participants in adult cessation classes. We also train and certify community members as cessation facilitators.
Something about our success rates?
80% of adult smokers want to quit. Do you?
Sign up for Breathe California’s 5-week/6-session Ash Kickers Smoking Cessation Class and we’ll help you every step of the way as you work to go smoke-free this spring. Led by a trained facilitator, the class utilizes group support and offers participants resources and strategies to quit and stay quit. The classes are FREE for San Mateo County residents and you must pre-register to attend.
Have any questions about the Ash Kickers Tobacco Cessation Program? Email us:
!¿ESTA PREPARADO PARA DEJAR DE FUMAR? ¡Podemos ayudarle! La clase 'Ash Kickers' será en Español y comenzará el 6 de abril en San Mateo. Por favor comuniquese con Laura Herrera para mas información: (650) 862-1320.
- San Mateo
- 6 abril - 4 mayo | los sábados, 10:30 a 12:00 | Clase adicionial 22 abril
Register Online For Upcoming Winter Cessation Classes - T.B.A.Click here to fill out and submit an Online Referral Form. Our office will contact 2-4 weeks prior to new classes in your area to complete your enrollment.
You must be pre-registered to take Ash Kickers Classes. Only those 18 years of age and over may attend.
- Daly City
- July 20 - August 17 | Sat. Mornings, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon | Addit. Class 6:00-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5
- Redwood City
- July 31 - August 28 | Wed. Evenings, 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Addit. Class 6:00-7:30 p.m. Friday, August 16
- San Mateo
- June 25 - July 23 | Tues. Evenings, 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Addit. Class 6:00-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11
Making the decision to quit or re-quit any type of tobacco product
- Determine your reasons for quitting and write them down. It’s important to remind yourself why you are doing this and what will motivate you.
- Educate yourself. We all know that smoking is bad for us but why? Understand exactly what you’re doing to your body and those around you.
- Know your options. Find out what is the best for you. Cold turkey, Group cessation, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, there’s of different ways.
- Find support. There is no reason you need to quit on your own. There are many folks out there doing the same thing. Join a class or support group.
- Phone a friend. Always let the people around you know that you are attempting to quit and that you may need their support in difficult times.
- Set a quit date. Know exactly what day and time you’re going to stop and commit to it. If you go back to smoking, set another date right away.
- Plan for difficult situations. This is not an easy task. Make sure you are prepared with alternative stress relievers and coping tools for any trigger situations that may come up.
- Commit to health in general. Drinking more water, watch what you eat and exercise, this will help your body feel better and help make quitting easier.
- Be patient. Most importantly, be patient with yourself. This is a long process for some and may take a few attempts. Just remember every attempt is one step closer to permanently becoming smoke free.
- Reward yourself. Make an effort to give yourself small rewards for your progress; Dinner out, a new book, time with family or friends. You deserve it.
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