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Individuals with mental health or substance use disorders WANT to quit and CAN successfully
quit using tobacco. It is often a matter
of learning HOW to quit and WHERE to access the resources and tools to help.
Quitting tobacco improves mental health by decreasing anxiety and depression. Quitting also supports recovery from all substances.
Quitting smoking may allow you to decrease the dosage of other medications (chemicals in smoke can drive psychiatric medications to leave the body faster).
Quitting tobacco use is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. Immediate and long-term benefits to quitting tobacco use are significant -- including adding years to your life!
quit coaching or counseling with one or more of the FDA-approved quit
medications, can double the chances of successfully quitting tobacco use!
(1-800-Quit-Now) offers robust support, including free medication, for people experiencing a behavioral health issue who are trying to quit
smoking or using other tobacco products. You must
register with QuitlineNC to receive services.
Click here to download the flyer for more information.
NC MedAssist can provide qualifying patients with free Chantix or nicotine nasal spray
Pfizer Pathways, a patient assistance program for Chantix
Medicaid will pay for all FDA-approved quit medications; however, a prescription is required. QuitLineNC can provide a prescription (standing order) for the over the counter NRTs.
Most private insurance plans do cover the cost of FDA-approved medications; contact your plan provider.
Electronic-cigarettes (vapes) are not proven as quit devices -- they maintain addiction and have negative health consequences.
Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy
(i.e. nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, nasal spray or inhaler) requires some
education on appropriate use. QuitLineNC provides this helpful educational handout on using NRT.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on tobacco use and quitting among individuals with behavioral health conditions.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Behavioral Health Treatment Services: A confidential and anonymous source of information on treatment facilities.
County services have returned to their normal schedule unless noted otherwise. Read the latest service availability update.