Helping People Quit Tobacco Use
Most people who smoke want to quit. The good news: free help is available to all Minnesotans.
Free Medications and Counseling
Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care
Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care cover counseling and the following medications like patches, gum, lozenges, nicotine inhaler and nasal spray, bupropion, and Chantix®.
People who smoke should talk to their doctor about quitting.
A free program available to anyone who wants to quit tobacco and offers a wide array of tools for eligible Minnesotans. Tools include text messaging, an email program, a quit guide, and starter kits with two weeks of free patches, gum, or lozenges. Minnesotans should visit www.quitplan.com or call 1-888-354-PLAN (7526).
Request Materials from QUITPLAN® Services. Health care providers can order free QUITPLAN® Services materials to promote quitting help to the people they serve. Materials include posters, palm cards, and brochures in multiple languages.
Minnesota Quitline Network
The Minnesota Quitline Network enables health professionals and community organizations to use a single form and fax number to refer the people they serve to tobacco quitline support. All Minnesota residents – whether covered by a health plan or not – have access to free support to quit.
Learn more about the Minnesota Quitline Network.
Tools for Helping People Quit
- Return on Investment for Tobacco Cessation (PDF)
- Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
- Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update
- Tips From Former Smokers®
Free campaign resources featuring former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and nonsmokers who have experienced life-threatening episodes due to secondhand smoke exposure. Campaign ads may cause some smoking patients to seek professional advice on how to get started. For those patients who are ready to quit, health care professionals can be the motivation they need to become former smokers themselves.
More for dental professionals
- Tobacco Cessation Webinar Series (Minnesota Dental Association)
A free webinar on tobacco cessation, worth one fundamental continuing education credit and focusing on:
- Tobacco’s role as a common risk factor for oral diseases
- Learning how to assess the patient
- Motivational interviewing techniques
- Available resources, and referral options.