Quitting smoking improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and many other smoking-related illnesses.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance plans offer programs to help you quit tobacco and many offer free or low cost nicotine patches or other medications to help you quit. If you don't have insurance, you may still have resources available to you including quitlines (in various languages), websites, mobile apps, educational materials, and support groups. You can also talk to your doctor about other strategies for quitting that may be right for you.
Questions to ask your health provider
- How can you help me to succeed at quitting?
- What medication do you think would be best for me and how should I take it?
- What should I do if I need more help?
- What is smoking withdrawal like? How can I get information on withdrawal?