The 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.
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. Click here to download a flyer with more information.
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. Click here to download a flyer with more information.
Medi-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:
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.
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 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.