It’s great to be a quitter when it comes to tobacco

Ready to quit using tobacco? Congrats! You have a lot of company. And we’re eager to help. We offer members many kinds of support, including one-on-one coaching by phone and a variety of medications. 

Most Oregon Health Plan clients have no out-of-pocket costs for covered services. And all Oregon residents get certain free services from the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line. You can call or go online. There’s info for providers, too.

Whatever your age, it’s a good time to quit using tobacco. And the state of Oregon is making it harder to even start smoking, chewing or vaping. Age 21 is now the minimum age to legally buy or obtain tobacco or vape products, up from age 18. Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill into law in August 2017, with enforcement beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Take the first step.

You have a few choices! Start with any of these:

  1. Make an appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) 
  2. Contact Quit For Life®, a proven stop-smoking 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); Spanish option available. Or visit quitnow.net
  3. 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 (1-855-335356-92) or visit quitnow.net/oregonsp.

Whichever route you choose, talk with your doctor or the phone counselor 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. 

  • You’re always welcome to ask Jackson Care Connect Customer Service about benefits, too. Call toll-free 855-722-8208, or TTY/TDD 711. Or text to chat at 503-488-2882.

Make a plan before tossing out your cigarettes

Quit for Life, some 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 longer-germ goal? What will help you stay motivated?
  • Pay attention to your triggers. How can you avoid them?
  • Be sure to let others know what you’re doing so they can support you. This is a time when the support of those around you makes a big difference.

Here are ideas about that: http://jacksoncareconnect.org/healthwise.html?DOCHWID=ug5039

Count your savings.

Let’s do some rough math with money and time. In December 2017, a pack of Marlboro Reds in Oregon cost about $6.45. So if you smoke a pack of these a day, and there are 365 days in a year, that’s a serious amount of money: $2,354.25. The American Cancer Society estimates that smokers spend seven to 10 minutes smoking a cigarette. If you a pack-a-day smoker, that’s two or three hours a day you’ll free up.

If friends and family have been breathing your secondhand smoke, your new life as a nonsmoker is also good for them. Just look at some of the bad things in tobacco smoke: www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215420.php

Aww, you know so many of these reasons. That’s why you’re here. So ask us and loved ones for help, and hang in there. Lots of people are rooting for you.

 

More resources

Smokefree: smokefree.gov/

Text messaging support: smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt

The National Institutes of Health: nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001992.htm

Jackson Care Connect: http://jacksoncareconnect.org/monthly-stories/quit-smoking-for-life

 

 

 

 

 

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