Lung Cancer & Tobacco Use

Becoming completely tobacco-free, including smoking, vaping or other tobacco use, can improve your health and make a big difference in your life. The Maine QuitLink is free, confidential support to help you start your journey.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Maine and the US. Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer, but quitting can help lower your risk. Being screened for lung cancer is important. Screening cannot prevent lung cancer, but screening may help you find cancer while it is easier to treat. Lung cancer screening is not a substitute for quitting smoking.

Should you be screened for lung cancer?

Screening may be right for you if:

  • You are between 50-80 years of age
  • You currently smoke or you quit less than 15 years ago
  • You smoked, or have smoked, an average of one pack per day for at least 20 years

To learn more about lung cancer screening, visit Project Connect and talk to your provider.

Quit Your Way

No matter what your quit journey looks like, we have the tools to support you. When you’re ready to quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use, choose the option that’s right for you.

Phone Coaching

Free 1-on-1 coaching with a certified Quit Coach to create a customized Quit Plan. People who enroll are 2X more likely to quit and using free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) triples your chances.

  • 8 weeks of FREE gum, patches, or lozenges for eligible residents
  • Talk to a certified Quit Coach
  • Unlimited support

Web Enrollment

Free online resources with the ability to choose which tools will work best for you. The online dashboard is available 24/7 giving you the flexibility to quit at your own pace. Explore the variety of online tools offered and customize your quit plan.

  • FREE 2-week starter kit of gum or patches
  • Educational materials
  • Text messaging
  • Email