Quit Smoking - Taking The First Steps

Wherever you’re at, we’ll meet you there.

Quitting smoking is challenging and for most people, it takes multiple tries.  Even if you’re not ready to quit today, ONE Step is an important first step that everyone can take.  The American Lung Association wants to meet you where you’re at and help you get to where you’re going.  We know that when you’re ready to take action, support can make all the difference, and we’re here to be your support.

Start your journey by taking ONE Step today and calling 1-800-LUNGUSA to have your questions answered by a Registered Nurse or Respiratory Therapist, absolutely free.

Below are resources to guide your journey or help you support a loved one’s.  Combining medications/nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), social support, and in-person or telephone counseling is the most effective way to quit smoking for good.

 

Explore different cessation support options

Smartphone Apps | Online and In-Person Support | Telephone Support | Medications and Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) | Health Insurance | Workplace Wellness Programs

Smartphone Apps

Apps are a handy way to manage your quitting journey by offering specialized help based on your smoking patterns, moods, reasons for quitting, and goals.  These apps help you navigate your journey on the go and at your fingertips.

Telephone Support

Reach out to free support lines staffed by Tobacco Cessation Specialists to learn more about tobacco cessation, nicotine replacement therapies, and lung disease.  These support lines provide customized quit plans, individualized coaching, and relapse prevention:

  • American Lung Association Lung HelpLine:  1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)
  • Colorado QuitLine:  1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
  • National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline:  1-877-44U-QUIT (1-800-448-7848)

Online and In-Person Support

Support networks and programs are provided in-person and/or online.  These are a great resource for those who are looking for a personal connection to accompany them on their quitting journey.

Medications and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Medications/ NRTs can double the chances of successfully quitting smoking for good by helping reduce withdrawal feelings and nicotine cravings.

  • Over the counter – patches, gum, lozenges
  • By prescription – inhaler, nasal spray, Chantix (varenicline), and Wellbutrin/Zyban (bupropion)

Health Insurance

Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) pays for counseling and approved medications or products for two 90-day sessions each year.  Call the Member Contact center at 1-800-221-3942 (ext. 711) or reach out to your county of residence’s Department of Human Services or a local application assistance site.

Workplace Wellness Programs

Check with your Human Resource Department to see if your employer offers a cessation program to employees as part of a health and wellness offering.