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Quitting Tobacco

One of the best things you can do to improve your overall health is quit tobacco. In Arizona, the four leading causes of death are cancer, heart disease, stroke, and pulmonary disease. Tobacco use can be a cause in all of these.
Tobacco Free Arizona works to make sure Arizonans know the four leading causes of death are preventable and educates them about the services available to help people quit tobacco. Tobacco products contain nicotine which is very addictive. Our trained counselors at the ASHLine (Arizona Smokers’ Helpline) know how hard it is to quit tobacco! We can help.

You may know about all the risks of tobacco use. You’ve quit, started and quit again. If you haven’t been able to stay quit on your own, or you quit “cold turkey”, you are not alone. It usually takes more than 8 tries before someone can stay quit. Understanding the addiction and having access to affordable treatment options are keys to your success. We can help. The caring staff at the ASHLine will talk to you about quitting and help you create a quit plan that is right for you. And they will be there for you, following up and being available when you need support.

Quitting isn’t easy. Studies show tobacco users are two to three times more likely to quit if they receive help. That is why we provide unlimited access to affordable tobacco treatment options, including free telephone counseling at 1-800-55-66-222, and FDA-approved medications and online resources (soon to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

To guarantee all Arizonans get the help they need, Tobacco Free Arizona works directly with doctors and other healthcare providers to teach them ways to help their patients quit. Check with your healthcare provider for more information. Many healthcare plans cover the costs of nicotine replacement therapies (gum, patch, or lozenge) or prescription medications. Clients of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) are eligible for free medications and nicotine replacement therapies. For more information, call AHCCCS at 602-417-4000.