Quit Smoking Now

There are many reasons why you should quit smoking, and the main one is your health. On this page you will find many good reasons to quit, along with information, services, and an app you can download to your smartphone. All of these can help you reach your goal.

Myth vs. Fact

Myth: Smoking is not harmful to my health.

Fact: Approximately 13 people die in Connecticut each day from smoking-related causes. Smokers, on average, die between 13 and 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Myth: Smoking only hurts the person who is smoking.

Fact: Roughly 440 people die each year in Connecticut from exposure to secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can harm nonsmokers.

Myth: Switching to light cigarettes will make me healthier without having to quit smoking.

Fact: Studies show that smokers who use light cigarettes do not reduce their risk for getting smoking-related cancers or other diseases. Studies have also shown that switching to light cigarettes does not help smokers quit and that it can actually decrease their motivation to quit.

Myth: I’ve been smoking for so long that quitting now will not help me.

Fact: People’s heart rate calms down within 20 minutes of their last cigarette. Within eight hours, there is more oxygen in the blood and mucus begins to clear out of the lungs, which makes it easier to breathe. After one year, your risk of dying from a heart attack is cut in half.

Myth: Quitting smoking is really hard.

Fact: Millions of people have quit smoking. In fact, there are more former smokers today than current smokers.

HUSKY Health Covered Services to Help You Quit Smoking

Ask your regular provider about the many treatment options and support available for you in the community and online, which can help you quit smoking. These resources can also help to prevent a relapse. The following are the three main ways we can help you quit smoking:

1 Counseling

  • Individual (face-to-face) counseling or group counseling (in a group with others trying to quit).
  • The combination of counseling and medication works better to help stop smoking than either medication or counseling alone.
  • Counseling can be completed by telephone (CT Quitline) or face-to-face visit with your provider.
  • Multiple counseling sessions have led to better success with quitting smoking.
  • Combining more than one type of counseling can improve your chances of quitting.
  • For free help or information about quitting, call the CT Quitline at 1.800.784.8669.

2 Nicotine Replacement Products

Nicotine Replacement Products come in several forms, such as:

  • Inhalers
  • Lozenges
  • Nasal Spray
  • Patch

Your provider can help you decide which will work best for you.

3 Prescription Medications

  • Bupropion SR (Wellbutrin XL)
  • Varenicline (Chantix)
  • Certain medications may have side effects based on your medical history. So always talk with your provider first.
  • Medications may be used with pregnant women when the risk of smoking outweighs the risk of taking the medication. Consult with your obstetrics provider.
  • Prescription medications and nicotine replacement products can be used together. Consult your provider first.

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