When You're Ready to Quit Smoking
Making the decision to stop smoking will improve your health and your quality of life. Your health plan pharmacy benefits to help you quit using tobacco. Ask your health care provider about the resources available to you.
Members may enroll in the Colorado QuitLine for free either online or by phone. This program offers participants coaching by phone as well as support by email, text message, or instant message. Participants work with a coach to develop a quit plan and set a quit date. This program helps participants understand triggers, manage cravings, and handle relapses. Other resources include planning and educational materials, membership in an online community with other participants who are trying to quit, and medication resources. Services are completed online and over the phone. The Colorado Quitline offers educational services for African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, LGBTQ+ individuals, teens, individuals with mental health concerns, and pregnant individuals. 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669)
Denver Health Tobacco Cessation Clinic
The Denver Health Tobacco Cessation Clinic is an excellent resource for anyone with a Denver Health provider. Clinics can be found at seven Denver Health locations. This one-on-one help combines behavioral interventions with medication. Results show this strategy leads to the highest rates of long-term cessation. Any patient who is 18 years or older and who is ready to quit within the next 30 days should contact their Denver Health provider for a referral to the program.
American Lung Association “Quitter in You” Program
The American Lung Association "Quitter in You" program is available 24/7 in English and Spanish by phone or online chats. This is available to anyone, of any age, who wishes to quit smoking and needs some additional support. This may be a good option for someone suffering with tobacco-related breathing or lung conditions. All counselors are also trained to discuss these issues and can share information about diagnosis, treatment, medications, local resources and programs. Services are completed online and over the phone. 1-800-Lung-USA (1-800-586-4872)
SmokeFree.gov is a website that has tools to create a ‘quit plan’ as well as information about managing withdrawal symptoms and how to handle a relapse. You will also find information about the health dangers of first, second, and thirdhand smoke. SmokeFree.gov can help you develop a quit plan and set a quit date. They provide educational materials, support from counselors and links to smoke-free social media and apps. There are programs specifically designed for veterans, women, teens, Spanish-speakers, and individuals who are 60+ years of age.
Text QUIT to 47848 from your mobile phone
SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults who are trying to quit smoking. The program provides 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit. It is a 6 to 8-week program, depending on when you set your quit date. Users will receive 1 to 5 messages per day and can receive additional quit support by texting one of SmokefreeTXT's keywords. Text the word QUIT to 47848 from your mobile phone to sign up, answer a few questions, and start receiving messages.
Text2Quit is a text messaging program that was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips for adults and young adults. Visit Text2Quit and answer a few questions about your goals for quitting smoking to sign up. Text2Quit sends text messages or emails and provides web portal access. This program gives users the motivation and tools to quit smoking.