It’s never too late to quit!
Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your health. There are tools and resources to help you kick the habit. There are also products that make it easier to quit for good.
It’s better if you don’t try to do it alone. If you use prescription medication and get professional help, you’re twice as likely to succeed.
All Health Insurance Marketplace plans cover tobacco cessation. They offer free resources for up to 2 attempts per year. That means you can get:
- Four sessions of phone, individual and group counseling.
- 90 days of certain prescription medications..
Contact the Washington State Health Commissioner if your insurance doesn't provide this.
Free resources to quit
Become an Ex: This is an interactive website and texting program. You can develop a plan and get helpful information.
Freedom from Tobacco weekly support groups are offered at:
- St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.
- St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
- St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.
To confirm the time and location you want, contact Heidi Henson at email@example.com or call (253) 223-7538.
Smokefree Teen—Educates teens who are interested in quitting and offers them help.
There are many apps to help you quit smoking. Some are based on best practices. Others are not. If you think an app will help you quit, do some research and give it a try.
Telephone quit lines
Washington State Quitline: They offer counseling with coaches, as well as nicotine gum and patches. This can depend on your insurance coverage. The line is available in English and Spanish with translation and TTY services: 1 (800) QUIT-NOW.
Asian Smokers' Quitline—They offer free self-help materials, counseling and 2-week nicotine-patch starter kits.
- It's Never Too Late to Quit brochure: Free and low cost resources for people who live in Pierce County.
- American Cancer Society
- American Lung Association—They offer online support, information on resources and insurance coverage. They also have training opportunities.
- Tips From Former Smokers: You can learn about real people who live with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke. This is a campaign by the CDC.
- Education for providers—The basics for providers to help patients quit tobacco, nicotine and vapor products.
Contact Miae Aramori at firstname.lastname@example.org. or (253) 376-7362.