Develop a personal strategy for quitting tobacco, and explore the behavior changes that will help you overcome cravings and resist temptations.
Are E-cigarettes a safe substitute for cigarettes?
Not enough research has been done to determine if e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.They are not currently regulated. Kaiser Permanente recommends other means of quitting tobacco. Read more about e-cigarettes as a tool for quitting smoking.
Sometimes, we all need a little help as we’re working towards a goal. As you work to quit tobacco, a health coach can be a valuable resource in your journey. A health coach can help you determine your patterns and behaviors, set goals, and find new coping strategies.
Kaiser Permanente members who need help managing their emotions during quitting have access to digital mental health and wellness tools, at no charge. Check out this page for a 1-year subscription to Calm or myStrength. You also can call a health coach for 6-month subscriptions to Headspace, Whil, SilverCloud, Woebot, or Thrive.
Are there medications that can help?
Medications like Zyban and Chantix can be effective tools for quitting tobacco, particularly when combined with behavioral changes.
How do you know if medications are right for you?
You have tried on your own to stop smoking, but you were not able to stop.
You smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day.
You want to increase your chances of quitting smoking.