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Quitting Tobacco

We know quitting tobacco can be difficult to do. That's why we offer a range of proven approaches to help you.  Participation in a quit tobacco program, use of medications (such as the nicotine patch and bupropion), or a combination of the two have been proven to improve your chances of quitting.  Completion of an approved quit tobacco program qualifies Kaiser Permanente members with supplemental drug coverage to receive tobacco cessation medications at their usual cost share.  Learn more about tobacco cessation medications.

CONGRATULATIONS on your decision to stop smoking !
Did you know that after you quit, your body will immediately start to heal.


After 24 hours:      The oxygen level in your blood returns to normal. The chance of a heart attack is reduced.

After 1-9 months:  Circulation, smell and taste improve. You have better lung function, more energy, and fewer colds.

After 1 year:          Your excess risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker.

After 5 years:         The risk of lung, mouth and throat cancer are cut in half Your risk of stroke drops significantly.

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health.

When you’re ready to quit smoking, we’re here to help.  There are many methods available, we'll help you find the one that works best for you.  Approved tobacco cessation programs include:

Stop Smoking Program

The Stop Smoking Program is a 7-week class that is available to Kaiser Permanente members.  This class is divided into three parts:  preparing to quit, quitting smoking, and staying quit.  Classes meet once a week.  Call Health Education at 408-972-3340 to register.

Last updated on 4/2/2014.

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