Take control of your quit journey with free medication help.
If you’re trying to quit smoking or vaping, you can increase your chances of quitting for good with the help of Utah’s Community Health Centers (CHC). CHCs provide free tobacco cessation medications to people who don’t have insurance.
Quitting smoking or vaping is challenging, but with the right support, you can increase your chances of success. If you’re trying to quit smoking or vaping and are uninsured, we have exciting news for you! Utah Community Health Centers offer free prescription medication to people who don’t have insurance to aid in their nicotine-free journey. In this post, we explore the valuable resources that CHCs offer and how they can help you quit tobacco for good, whether it’s your first attempt or your fifth.
What is a community health center and how can one help me quit?
This service is provided to health center patients through a partnership with the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH). AUCH provides training, technical assistance, and resources for health centers in urban and rural communities that support essential health care services to those in need. Health centers focus on providing culturally sensitive, affordable, and effective nicotine and tobacco cessation treatment to patients. Simply put, health centers give you the right tools to help you successfully quit.
Health centers offer free tobacco cessation medications bupropion and varenicline (Chantix) to patients who don’t have insurance. These prescription medications can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Bupropion reduces the effects of nicotine withdrawal, while varenicline mimics some of the effects of nicotine, which reduces withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use tobacco or nicotine. The length of treatment is 12 weeks, with the possibility of extending varenicline for an additional 12 weeks. For some people, these medications can be a game-changer.
Which health centers offer this assistance?
Here are the health centers that offer free smoking and vaping cessation medication:
Bear Lake CHC, Inc.
Carbon Medical Services Association, CHC, Inc.
Enterprise Medical Clinic
Family Health Care
FourPoints Health (Richfield and Kanosh locations only)
Green River Medical Center
Midtown CHC, Inc
Mountainlands Family Health
Utah Partners for Health
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Medication is a valuable tool, but counseling is key. Here’s why:
While medication can significantly help in your quit journey, it is important to remember that combining it with counseling or coaching further increases your odds of success. Health centers recommend using the Way to Quit program, which offers free quit coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). These invaluable resources can give you the additional support you need to keep your commitment to quit smoking or vaping. In fact, people who call coaches are two times as likely to quit long term. If you use NRT or medication, you’re three times as likely to quit for good. With so many tools available, now you can choose which method of quitting works best for you.
Quitting tobacco is a vital step to improve your health and well-being, and health centers are dedicated to helping people in Utah achieve this goal. By combining medication assistance with counseling services, such as the Way to Quit program, you can make the most of your opportunity to become nicotine-free. Take advantage of these resources and remember that you don’t have to navigate your quit journey alone. Utah’s CHCs are here to support you every step of the way.
Even if you are not eligible for free prescription medication, remember that medication can still be a helpful tool in your quit journey and is covered by most health insurance policies. Explore counseling and coaching options to receive support now. Your path to a healthier future starts now!
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