Quitting tobacco

If you are ready to quit using tobacco, we are eager to help. CareOregon offers members many kinds of support, including one-on-one coaching by phone and a variety of medications. Most Oregon Health Plan members have no out-of-pocket costs for covered services. And all Oregon residents get free services from the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line.

 

Take the first step

Start with any of these options:

  • Make an appointment with your primary care provider (PCP).
  • Contact Quit For Life, a proven program of the American Cancer Society. The Quit For Life program is a covered benefit you may use twice in a 12-month period. Call toll-free 866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454) or visit quitnow.net. Spanish options are also available.
  • Contact the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line. Phones are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visit quitnow.net/oregon. For Spanish language, call 855-DEJELO-YA (855-335-3569) or visit quitnow.net/oregonsp.

Whichever route you choose, talk with your provider or the counselor over the phone about any past quit attempts, what is important to you now about being tobacco free, lifestyle changes you can make and which medication (such as a nicotine patch or gum) may be a good match for you.

 

Make a plan

Quit for Life, the web resources listed below and your PCP will help you with planning a good way to go smoke-free. You may want to taper down before quitting entirely.

  • Be clear about why you want to quit. What are your immediate goals? What’s your long-term goal? What will help you stay motivated?
  • Pay attention to your triggers. How can you avoid them?
  • Let others know so they can support you. This is a time when the support of those around you makes a big difference.

 

More resources

You are always welcome to ask CareOregon Customer Service about benefits, too. Call 800-224-4840, TTY 711 or text us at 503-488-2887.