Nicotine is a powerful addiction and it may take several tries to quit for good. But even if you’ve used tobacco for years, when you’re ready, you can quit.
Quitting takes practice, patience and support, and each tobacco user needs to find his or her reason to break the addiction. Providence is here to help.
Research has shown that medications, in combination with counseling, are more successful than using either method alone and increase your chance of success.*
Stop smoking now to help lower your risk of:
- Cancer of the lung, bladder, throat/esophagus, stomach and other cancers
- Heart attack and stroke
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Stopping smokeless tobacco products lowers your chance of:
- Cancer of the mouth, throat/esophagus and pancreas
If you think switching to electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, will curb your addiction, think again. E-cigarettes are not a proven method to stop smoking and their use is not safe for some populations. Additional research is needed to show the long-term health effects. Get more facts to learn about the risks of e-cigarettes.
Take these actions now to stop smoking:
- Talk to your provider about wanting to quit
- Call the Quit For Life Program at 866-784-8454 (let them know you are a Providence Health Plan member)
- Make a plan to quit
- Set a quit date
- Consider using a nicotine replacement medicine along with counseling
For more information on how Providence can help, visit ProvidenceHealthPlan.com/quitsmoking or call Providence Care Management at 800-662-1121 (TTY: 711). Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).