Start reversing the damage of smoking today
We all know smoking creates serious health risks. But did you know that when you quit, you start recovering from these risks immediately? The right motivation and support can help you make the change to former smoker faster, easier and permanently.
Good reasons to quit smoking
- Feel better immediately
Twenty minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate begins to return to normal. Within an hour, your blood pressure is lower. One day tobacco-free, your heart attack risk decreases. And one year later, it's reduced by half. You'll also spare your loved ones the harm of secondhand smoke the minute you stop smoking.
- Look better
Smoking speeds the aging process by depriving the skin of oxygen and nutrients. It also yellows your teeth and fingernails. When smoking stops, so does the drain on your appearance.
- Spend less – way less
A recent study estimated that a pack-a-day smoker spends between $786,346 and $1.5 million on cigarettes over the course of a lifetime. Is this the kind of investment you want to make?
Personalized support to help you succeed
Quitting smoking or other tobacco use is not easy – even with the right motivation. That's why we offer the Quit For Life® program as part of your Blue & Gold HMO plan. The program connects you with a Quit Coach who works with you by phone.
Together, you'll map out a personalized quit plan that's right for you. Plus, your coach will give you tried-and-true strategies to manage cravings, handle social situations and avoid triggers that can derail you.
You'll also have access to other tools designed to help you stay tobacco-free 24/7, including:
- A copy of the step-by-step Quit Guide to help you throughout your quit process.
- Advice about nicotine substitutes and medication that may be right for you.
- Text2Quit,SM a service that sends you personalized text message reminders, tips and encouragement (not available for Medicare members).
- eLearning modules, community chat room and access to a Quit Coach via email.
Together, you and your Quit Coach can put your smoking days – and all the risks and costs – behind you.
Ready to Quit For Life? Call 1-800-893-5597 and select the prompt for Quit for Life, or call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (1-866-784-8454).