Quitting | Tobacco Prevention and Control

Quitting Tobacco

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:

  • Patches
  • Gum
  • Lozenges
  • Nicotine Inhaler
  • Nicotine Nasal Spray
  • Bupropion
  • Chantix®

Talk to your doctor about quitting smoking and get the right help you need to quit for good.

QUITPLAN® Services

QUITPLAN Services is a free program available to anyone who wants to quit tobacco and offers a wide array of tools for eligible Minnesotans. You can sign up for the QUITPLAN Helpline for a complete phone-counseling program or choose individual services. Tools include:

  • Starter kits with two weeks of free patches, gum, or lozenges
  • Text messaging
  • Email program
  • Quit guide
  • Helpine

For free help visit www.quitplan.com or call 1-888-354-PLAN (7526).

Additional Services

Health plan quitlines

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

  • 1-888-662-BLUE (2583)
  • BlueLink

  • 1-888-662-BLUE (2583)
  • CCStpa

  • 1-888-662-QUIT (7848)
  • HealthPartners

  • 1-800-311-1052
  • Medica

  • 1-800-934-4824
  • Metropolitan Health Plan (MHP)

  • 1-888-354-PLAN (7526)
  • Mayo Clinic Health Systems Mankato

  • 1-888-288-1881
  • Mayo Medical Plan

  • 1-888-288-1881
  • MMSI

  • 1-888-642-5566
  • PreferredOne

  • 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE
  • PrimeWest Health

  • 1-800-474-3186
  • South Country Health Alliance

  • 1-800-504-3451
  • UCare

  • 1-855-260-9713

Community programs

Asian Smokers' Quitline

This is a free program to help smokers quit. Services include self-help materials, a referral list of other programs, one-on-one counseling over the phone, and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches. Visit asiansmokersquitline.org.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe - Tobacco Cessation Services

This program offers support services including one-on-one office visits, home visits, and phone counseling, as well as educational materials and incentives to all Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe community members.

Contact Becky Swansey, LPN, at 320-532-7760 or becky.swansey@HHS.millelacsband-nsn.gov for more information.

Smokefree Español

Este sitio en la red ofrece enfoques recomendados sobre cómo dejar de fumar, información sobre un amplio rango de temas relacionados con el fumar y dejar de fumar, y una fuente de recursos gratuitos en español. La información disponible en este sitio en la red puede darle apoyo con sus necesidades inmediatas y a largo plazo a medida que deja de fumar. Visita http://espanol.smokefree.gov/.

Smokefree Teen

Smokefree Teen helps teens take control of their health. It offers free support for quitting, including their QuitSTART smartphone app. Visit Teen.Smokefree.gov.

Smokefree Women

Smokefree Women is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking and is designed to try to provide information about topics that are often important to women. Topics include pregnancy and motherhood, stress and mood, and weight management. Visit Women.Smokefree.gov.

Why quit?

These are just a few of the many benefits to quitting.

Looking and feeling better

Not only may quitting prevent bad breath, stained teeth, and premature wrinkles, it decreases the risk of many tobacco-related health consequences. What's more, the human body begins to heal within just minutes of quitting:

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  • Within 20 minutes, heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • After 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • After 1 year, the risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of a smoker's.
  • After 5 years, stroke risk is reduced.
  • After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.

Protecting family and friends from the dangers of secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke causes early death and disease in both children and adults who do not smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children and infants exposed to secondhand smoke may experience:

  • A greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
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  • Frequent and severe asthma attacks.
  • Respiratory infections, like pneumonia or bronchitis.
  • Respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
  • Ear infections.

Saving money

After quitting, money normally spent on tobacco products, like a pack of cigarettes, could be spent on other things, such as home repairs, new shoes or clothes, or a much-needed vacation. Additionally, quitting now may help prevent costly medical bills down the road.

How much do cigarettes cost you? Find out using this Quit Smoking Calculator from QUITPLAN Services.

Where can I find more information?

The benefits of quitting

Tips and tools for quitting

Helping people quit

Updated Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 03:10PM