Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your health—and your wallet!  

When you quit, not only do you lower your chances of getting heart disease, cancer, and many other health problems, but you also can save a lot of money. A person who smokes one pack of cigarettes a day can easily save over $200 a month by quitting!  Here are a few more reasons to think about quitting.

  • Your breath will be better.
  • Your skin will look better.
  • Your clothes will smell better. 
  • You will feel more in control.
  • Your friends and family will be proud of you.

If you are thinking about quitting, these tools can help!

HealthNet's FREE Quit Tobacco Program

HealthNet's tobacco treatment counselor meets personally with tobacco users to help them make a plan to quit. This program helps you learn why you use tobacco and what quitting methods would work best for you.

Participants in the Quit Tobacco Program receive: 

  • A Quit Kit with tips and tools for avoiding tobacco

  • Helpful information about issues related to quitting - like healthy eating and stress relief

  • FREE nicotine medicine, if recommended

  • Advice on other medications that can help you quit

Pregnant women who participate in the Quit Tobacco Program receive the above PLUS: 

  • BABE coupons you can spend on baby products in the BABE stores throughout Indianapolis

  • A special day-by-day guide to quitting just for moms to be

To learn more about HealthNet's Quit Tobacco Program or to make an appointment, contact the health center nearest you. 

Free Coaching from Quit Now Indiana

  • Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to begin working with a professional Quit Coach who will help you set a quit date and make a plan to beat nicotine cravings and stay tobacco-free for life!
  • Visit www.equitnow.com to chat online with a Quit Coach and use interactive tools.
  • Ask your phone or web coach about Text2Quit, a free service that sends you tailored, encouraging messages through your quit journey. 

When you enroll in phone, web, or text coaching, you can get a free starter pack of nicotine patches or gum if you have Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance. 

Double Your Chances of Quitting with Medicine

Seven medicines are approved by the FDA to make quitting more comfortable. Five of these have nicotine, the addictive chemical in tobacco. These medicines work by putting nicotine into the blood through the skin, helping reduce cravings. Because the patch works slowly all day, many people also use a faster-acting medicine like gum or inhaler. 

  • Nicotine patches (with or without prescription)
  • Nicotine gum (with or without prescription)
  • Nicotine lozenge (with or without prescription) 
  • Nicotine inhaler (prescription) 
  • Nicotine nasal spray (prescription)

Two medicines do not have nicotine. They help reduce cravings by acting directly on the brain. 

  • Chantix (prescription)
  • Buproprion SR (prescription)

Talk to your doctor about the best medicines for you, and be sure to ask for a prescription, even if they are available over the counter. Most insurance will help you get these medicines for a very low cost or even free if you have a prescription!

National Resources

Visit www.smokefree.gov for lots of helpful information about quitting tobacco, like: 

  • SmokefreeTXT: Text the word QUIT to 47848 from your mobile phone and answer a few questions to get encouraging text messages. 
  • SmokefreeMOM: Text the word MOM to 222888 from your mobile phone and answer a few questions to get helpful and encouraging text messages just for pregnant moms who want to quit.
  • QuitSTART App: Free smartphone app that uses information you provide about your tobacco use and gives you tailored tips, inspiration, games, and challenges to help you become tobacco-free.