Quit Smoking

Quit SmokingAre you ready to quit smoking? Do you need help to quit smoking? Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) can help.

Health First Colorado pays for counseling to help you quit smoking.

These steps can help you get started:

  1. Talk to your doctor about your smoking habit and your goal to quit.
  2. Your doctor may give you a prescription for a tobacco cessation product or medicine. Tobacco cessation medications including nicotine gum, nicotine patch, nicotine lozenge, nicotine inhaler (Nicotrol®), varenicline (Chantix®), and bupropion SR (Zyban®) are covered for members and do not require a prior authorization.

Are you pregnant?

The Prenatal Plus Program can help you quit smoking and learn more about staying healthy while pregnant.

Where you smoke matters!

If you aren't ready to quit now, you can still take steps to protect your children by stepping outside your home or car to smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including 50 cancer-causing poisons. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to develop ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It can even lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

For more information about available resources please go to Tobacco Free Colorado.