Medi-Cal Members: You Can Quit Smoking. We Can Help.
Free telephone supportThe California Smokers’ Helpline can help you quit smoking or other tobacco use. We have trained, caring professionals who will work with you to create a plan and stick to it.
Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS or click here to sign up online.
Free patches through the Helpline Medi-Cal members can now obtain free nicotine patches directly from the Helpline. Research has shown that smokers who use counseling AND a quitting aid are more likely to quit for good. If you’re eligible, the Helpline will send you a free 4-week supply of patches. Bonus $20 gift card offer While supplies last, you may receive a free $20 gift card bonus for calling the Helpline. To be eligible, you must have a Medi-Cal ID card number, request the gift card when you call, and complete a counseling session to help you quit.
Getting quitting aids from your pharmacyMedi-Cal members can also get quitting aids from their pharmacy. First, ask your doctor if a quitting aid is right for you and get a prescription. Three quitting aids are on the Medi-Cal Contract Drug List:
• NicoDerm CQ® patches release a steady stream of nicotine into your body through your skin. They make quitting easier by weaning you off nicotine slowly. Prescriptions are available for 14 weeks. Read more about nicotine patches.
• Zyban® is a form of the anti-depressant Wellbutrin®. It is a pill that does not contain nicotine. It helps with changes in brain chemistry that may occur when you quit smoking. Start taking it 1-2 weeks before you quit. Prescriptions are available for 12 weeks. Read more about Zyban®.
• Chantix® is another quitting aid that does not contain nicotine. It is a pill that reduces cravings for nicotine by blocking the pleasure of smoking. Start taking it a week before you quit. Prescriptions are available for 12 weeks. Read more about Chantix®. If your prescription is for one of the products above, a pharmacist can fill it right away. You don’t need Medi-Cal pre-approval. You can receive two courses of treatment per year, with no waiting in between.
Keep trying! However you decide to quit, don’t give up. It may take several tries to quit for good. Every time you try, you get closer to your goal of quitting for good. You can do it!
The MIQS Project The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) project provides Medi-Cal members with incentives to help them quit smoking or other tobacco use. The project is made possible by a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For more information, visit the MIQS webpage.