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Tobacco – Quitting for Good!

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It is harmful to every organ of the body.  The 200 known poisons in cigarette smoke can cause life-threatening diseases such as cancer, chronic bronchitis, heart disease and stroke. By reducing tobacco use, premature deaths, induced illness and excessive health care costs can be significantly reduced.  

Tobacco Facts:

  • Youth are more likely to attempt to purchase cigarettes from stores that display tobacco advertising.
  • More people die from tobacco related illnesses than murder, suicide, drugs, accidents, fires, and AIDS combined.
  • There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes.
  • Tobacco companies refer to youth as replacement smokers.
  • Almost 90% of smokers started at or before age 19.
  • Nicotine is just as addictive as cocaine or heroin.
  • The state of Minnesota spends more than $2 billion a year on tobacco related health costs.
  • In one year, the tobacco companies spend $257 million in Minnesota and $13 billion worldwide.
  • Holding an average-sized dip in your mouth for 30 minutes gives you as much nicotine as smoking four cigarettes.
  • Kids are three times more sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and are more influenced to use tobacco by tobacco industry marketing than by peer pressure.
  • Despite the restrictions placed on advertising targeting youth during by the STMSA of 1998, in 2005 the five largest tobacco manufacturers spent a new record of $250.79 million on smokeless tobacco advertising and promotion, compared to the previous record of $236.68 million in 2001.

Check the health plans below to learn more about how you can quit today!       If uninsured (and not only) you may  

  National Quitline
Phone Number Hours Other Languages Financial Incentives Financial Assistance Following
US Department of Health and Human Services 1 - 800 - QUIT-NOW M-F 7am-10pm
Sat 8am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm
AT and T interpreter [foreign languages] English, Spanish No. Available also for uninsured No

Usually total 5 calls protocol, lenght non determined

American Cancer Society

1-800-ACS-2345{not serving Minnesota}

forwarded to

1-800-QUIT-NOW

M-F 7am-10pm
Sat 8am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm
AT and T interpreter [foreign languages]
English, Spanish
 No.Available also for uninsured  No

Usually total 5 calls protocol, lenght non determined

American Lung Association

(Lung Helpline)

1-800-LUNG-USA

M-F 7am-9pm
Sat 8.30am-4.30pm

Sun 7am-2am

interpretation services

English, Spanish

No.Available also for uninsured  

after 6 a 12 months

several programs

National Cancer Institute

1-877-448-7848

(1-877-44U-QUIT)

M-F 7am-7am
English, Spanish No.Available also for uninsured.  No  patient calls back after 6 months

 

Health Plan 
Phone Number Hours Other Languages Financial Incentives Financial Assistance Following
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota
Blue Plus
First Plan of Minnesota
1-888-662-BLUE M-F 6am-2am
Sat 6am-2am
Sun 6am-2am
AT and T interpreter [foreign languages] English, Spanish No but connected insurance companies have No

Usually total 5-6 calls, unlimited number of calls

Usual follow-up is one year

CCStpa 1-888-662-QUIT M-F 7am-2am
Sat 7am-2am
Sun 7am-2am
AT and T interpreter [foreign languages]
English, Spanish
 No  No 3 coaching programs
2-6 calls
Usual follow-up is 6-12 months
QUITPLAN Services [product by ClearWay 1-888-354-PLAN M-F 7am-10pm
Sat 8am-5pm
Sun 7am-2am
AT and T interpreter
English, Spanish
 No For uninsured
5 calls protocol
Length not predetermined
Medica QUIT-4-LIFE
MCHA Members
1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE M-F 4am-12am
Sat 4am-12am
Sun 4am-12am
AT and T interpreter
English, Spanish
 Yes  No  6 Month
Metropolitan Health Plan
PreferedOne
1-800-292-2336
(Forwarded to QUIT-4-LIFE)
M-F 7am-2am
Sat 7am-2am
Sun 7am-2am
       
Ucare Minnesota

1-888-642-5566

(forwarded to Mayo Clinic Tobacco Quitline)

M-F 7am-10pm
Sat 8 am-5pm
Interpreter provided
English, Spanish
Yes   6 months
Mayo Clinic Tobacco Quitline 1-800-344-5984 M-F 7am-10pm
Sat 8 am-5pm
Interpreter provided
English, Spanish
Yes   6 months