Quitting Tobacco

Why Should I Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and the health of people who live with you.

Most people know that smoking can increase their chances of getting cancer and other lung and heart diseases. These are very good reasons to quit, but there are many more benefits to quitting. Some of those benefits begin within 20 minutes of quitting.

  Quitting smoking has its benefits

An estimated 75% of U.S. smokers want to quit. Quitting isn’t easy, but there are powerful benefits.

  • Lengthen your life by 11 minutes for every cigarette you do not smoke.
  • Feel better and have more money for something special for yourself or your family.
  • Reduce the risk of your children developing asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia, and having more colds than children with non-smoking parents.
  • Reduce the chances of your children becoming smokers. If you smoke, your children are more likely to start smoking.
  • Look younger. Smoking can cause wrinkles, dull your skin and stain your teeth and fingers.
  • Reduce the risk of having health problems while you are pregnant. Your baby will be healthier.

 

Your body starts to recover in just 20 minutes after you quit smoking.
Within 20 minutes
  • Blood pressure and pulse rate decrease.
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases.
Within 24 to 48 hours
  • Chance of a heart attack decreases.
  • Ability to smell and taste improves.
Within 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Circulation improves.
  • Walking is easier.
Within 1 to 9 months
  • Coughing decreases in most people.
  • Sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases.
Within 1 year
  • Added risk of heart disease drops by half.
Within 5 to 15 years
  • Risk of stroke drops to that of people who have never smoked.
Within 10 years
  • The risk of cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.
Within 15 years
  • Risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked.
  • Risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked.

 

CareOregon can help you quit! We pay for medications and telephone counseling that can make quitting easier. The “Resources to Help You Quit” include information on your smoking cessation benefits.

 

Resources and Covered Benefits to Help You Quit

CareOregon covers the medications listed below to help you stop smoking. Telephone or group quit support services are also covered and are required for coverage of some medications. Successful tobacco quitters report that using a medication along with a support service is a great help. Your chances of quitting for good will increase when you combined medication use with help from a quit support service.

Your first step is to talk to your PCP about which medication would be best for you. All medications require a prescription from your PCP and have yearly benefit limits.

Patch

  • 14-day supply per prescription fill
  • Max 98-day supply per year

 

Gum

  • 14-day supply per prescription fill
  • Max 98-day supply per year

 

Nicotine Oral Inhaler and Nicotine Nasal Spray

  • Your PCP must get a prior authorization (PA) from CareOregon
  • PCP must confirm that you are not able to use a nicotine patch or Bupropion
  • Enrollment in a stop smoking counseling program is strongly encouraged. Enrollment in group or telephone counseling, like the Quit For Life® Program is covered by CareOregon.
  • 14-day supply per prescription fill
  • Max 98-day supply per year

 

Bupropion SR 150 mg (Generic Zyban)

  • Limit of 60 tabs per month
  • Max benefit of 90 days per year

 

Chantix

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Enrollment in a stop smoking counseling program is encouraged. Enrollment in group or telephone counseling, like the Quit For Life® Program is covered by CareOregon and offers CareOregon members free phone-based behavior change coaching and medication support with web-based learning, tracking, and social support. 
  • Limit of 60 tabs each month
  • Max benefit of 90 days per year
  • Four one-on-one counseling calls with a Quit Coach®
  • Unlimited call to a Quit Coach® when you feel you need extra support
  • Support with selecting the best NRT option for you
  • Help with deciding if you are ready to quit
  • Call toll-free any day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1-866-784-8454;
    TTY/TDD 1-877-777-6534.

 

The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line offers free counseling by telephone to all Oregon residents

  • English: Call toll free 1-877-270-7867.
  • Spanish/Español: Call toll free 1-877-266-3863.

 

 

Are You Ready to Quit?
Have you tried to quit? Many people try several times to quit before they finally quit for good. Each time you try to quit, you gain a better understanding of what works best for you.

Click the one statement that best describes your smoking situation now.

CareOregon can help you quit! We pay for medications and telephone counseling that can make quitting easier. The “Resources to Help You Quit” include information on your smoking cessation benefits.

 

 

Resources & Support Groups

FREE Nicotine Anonymous Support Groups

  • Adventist Medical Center
    Cafeteria Conference Room
    10123 SE Market St., Portland
    Every Monday evening (including holidays) 7-8 p.m.
  • United Methodist Church Hillsboro (donation appreciated)
    8th & Lincoln, Hillsboro
    Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

 

Online Resources for Adults, Pregnant Woman, Teens and Spanish Speakers

 

En Español

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