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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 make a plan and kick the habit.

Smoking-cessation products can make quitting easier and help you stop for good.

You’re more than twice as likely to quit when you use prescription medication and get professional support than trying to quit on your own. (According to the Mayo Clinic)

Health Insurance

According to the Affordable Care Act all Health Insurance Marketplace plans cover tobacco cessation treatment. They offer free resources for up to two quit attempts per year:

  • Four sessions of phone, individual and group cessation counseling.
  • 90 days of FDA approved prescription medication for tobacco dependence (nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion and varenicline).

Contact the Washington State Health Commissioner if your insurance doesn't provide this benefit.

Free resources to quit

Become an Ex—An interactive website and texting program. Develop a quit plan and get information on support, addiction and how to change habits.

Freedom from Tobacco weekly support groups at:

  • St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.
  • St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
  • St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

To confirm time and location, contact Heidi Henson at barefootheidi@mindspring.com or call (253) 223-7538.

MultiCare—Self-guided help.

Smokefree Teen—Information, resources, and apps to educate teens interested in quitting tobacco.

Apps

There are many smartphone applications designed to help you quit smoking. Some are based on best practices and others are not. If you think an app will help you quit, check out your App store, do some research, and give it a try.

Telephone quit lines

Washington State Quitline—Counseling with quit coaches, nicotine gum and patches, depending on insurance coverage. Available in English and Spanish with translation and TTY services: 1 (800) QUIT-NOW.

Asian Smokers' Quitline—Free nationwide self-help materials, counseling and two-week nicotine patch starter kits.

Resources

  • It's Never Too Late to Quit Brochure—Free and low cost resources for Pierce County residents.
  • American Cancer Society—Working every day to free the world from the pain and suffering from cancer through healthy lifestyles, research, support, policy change and access to care.
  • American Lung Association—Online support, information on resources and insurance coverage, and training opportunities.
  • Tips From Former Smokers—CDC's campaign profiles real people who live with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

Questions?

Contact Shelley Wallace at swallace@tpchd.org or (253) 798-3548.

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