Quit Smoking

Quit SmokingAre you ready to quit smoking? Do you need help to quit smoking? Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) can help.

Health First Colorado pays for counseling to help you quit smoking. We also pay for any federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications or products for two 90-day sessions each year that can help you quit.

These steps can help you get started:

  1. Talk to your doctor about your smoking habit and your goal to quit.
  2. Your doctor may give you a prescription for a tobacco cessation product or medicine. All FDA approved prescription medications and over the counter tobacco cessation products (such as Chantix, nicotine gum or nicotine patch, etc.) are covered by Health First Colorado for a maximum of two 90-day sessions per year.

Providers: Find out how to get prior authorization for tobacco cessation products.

Are you pregnant? 

The Prenatal Plus Program can help you quit smoking and learn more about staying healthy while pregnant.

Where you smoke matters!

If you aren’t ready to quit now, you can still take steps to protect your children by stepping outside your home or car to smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including 50 cancer-causing poisons. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to develop ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It can even lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

For more information about available resources please go to Tobacco Free Colorado