Quitting tobacco is complicated but it is possible. If you use tobacco in any form, quitting is the number one thing you can do for a healthier, longer life. You will breathe easier and so will your family. It also sets a good example for children, to help them avoid smoking and vaping.
E-cigarette use among teens is on the rise in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said one in four Oregon teens uses e-cigarettes. Due to several lung injuries and deaths that were recently linked to vaping, the OHA is urging everyone to stop vaping. No vaping products should currently be considered safe.
When you quit smoking or vaping, you will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Quitting is especially important for people who are pregnant, or who have diabetes or high blood pressure.
Quitting is hard but you’re more likely to succeed if you have help. Support is available to quit any type of tobacco, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and more.
Take the first step.
There’s no right way to quit. But here a few great ways to help you get started:
1. Make an appointment with your primary care provider (PCP)
Your PCP can help you plan to meet your goals. You can also talk with your PCP about nicotine gum or patches. Your PCP can also discuss medications that help reduce cravings. Jackson Care Connect members have no out-of-pocket costs for covered services.
2. Contact Quit For Life®
This is a stop-smoking program of the American Cancer Society. Columbia Pacific CCO members have coverage for this successful program. Call toll-free 866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454); Spanish option available. Or visit quitnow.net.
3. Contact the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line
Phones are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visit quitnow.net/oregon. For Spanish language, call 855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92). All Oregon residents get certain free services from the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line.
Support like this has helped thousands of people quit smoking or vaping for life. It can help you too. Whatever way you choose, making the decision to quit is the most important first step.
Text messaging support: smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt
The National Institutes of Health: nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001992.htm
Columbia Pacific CCO: http://colpachealth.org/monthly-stories/quit-smoking-for-life
About Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization
Established in September 2012, Columbia Pacific CCO coordinates health services for more than 24,000 Oregon Health Plan members in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties. For more information, please visit www.colpachealth.org.