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Smoking is a risk factor for the development of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes and makes the complications of these conditions worse. We at Barton know that quitting smoking is not an easy task, and for many it may be a life-style, habit, or simply an unhealthy addiction. Due to this, we put together this page to focus on giving the best health advice and words of encouragement for our patients and community members to decrease their frequency of smoking or help other to decrease or stop.

Quitting smoking is a process, and you can succeed. Learn more here about free tools available to help you quit for good.

Check out this entertaining yet informative animated video that follows "Kurtz" as he thinks about quitting and the challenges he faces during his quit attempt.

To watch more videos, visit TobaccoFreeCA.

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    Smokers can and do quit every day and you can, too. Even if you've tried before, it's important to try again. Understanding the quitting process can make it easier.

    Remember, quitting now can significantly reduce your risk of smoking-related disease and death. It's never too late to try again.

    Check out this entertaining yet informative animated video that follows "Kurtz" as he thinks about quitting and the challenges he faces during his quit attempt.

    To watch more videos, visit TobaccoFreeCA.

    You Can Quit for Good

    Congratulations on making the decision to quit! You have taken an important step toward better health and a better life. Many people have quit and you can, too.

    Click here to get started.

    Make a Plan

    You will feel more in control if you make a plan for quitting. A good plan includes strategies for avoiding cigarettes when you feel an urge to smoke. To create your own free personalized quit plan, call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS.

    This video provides more information about what services the Helpline offers.

    Click here to create a plan.

    Get Support

    Having support in your attempt to quit smoking is one of the most helpful things you can do to succeed. People who have support are more likely to succeed than those who try to quit on their own.

    You can call 1-800-NO BUTTS for free support by a trained specialist, or if you would prefer to have in-person support, visit the Helpline's Local Resources page to find assistance in your area.

    Talk to your health care provider about quitting. He or she may suggest using a quitting aid, such as nicotine patches or gum. They may also consider writing a prescription for cessation medication for you. Your doctor may also be able to recommend a quitting program offered through your local health care system.

    Having a support system, whether through a program or a loved one, will increase your chance of winning the fight against tobacco.

    Don't Give Up!

    Once you've quit, you may find it difficult at times not to use tobacco. If you slip up, remember it takes most people several tries before quitting for good. 1 2 Each time you try, you learn more about quitting and get closer to your goal.

    Click here for tips on taking control of cravings and urges.

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    Real People. Real Stories.

    Sometimes it's helpful to hear stories from real people who have quit successfully. Remember, quitting is a fight that every smoker can win!

    Leya Cheryl Jong
    Fredrick Carol Raymond

    Smoking Lady Debi Austin Shares Story

    To watch more videos, visit TobaccoFreeCA.

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    Be supportive.

    Family and friends are an important source of support and motivation for smokers who are trying to quit. Your support matters in helping your loved one quit tobacco and become healthy. Don't give up on them!

    Be patient.

    Also, remember that most people try several times before they quit for good, so be patient. If they start smoking again, try not to be disappointed or make them feel guilty. Instead, help them start thinking about trying to quit again.

    Be encouraging.

    While you cannot make someone quit, your encouragement will be a source of motivation. They may also need other forms of support, such as from a trained specialist. Suggest that they call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS. The Helpline is a free service that has been proven to double a smoker's chances of quitting for good. You may also call the Helpline yourself to receive advice on how you can help them quit.

    Click here for information on how to help someone you care about quit tobacco.

    To send a message to motivate, encourage or support someone to quit tobacco, click here.

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    Medi-Cal members are particularly at risk, because they smoke at higher rates than non-members. The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project (project period 9/2011-9/2016) aims to reverse these trends and motivate smoking cessation by incentivizing attempts to quit smoking through the California Smokers’ Helpline, a free telephone-based counseling service operated by University of California, San Diego. The California Diabetes Program is leading the outreach efforts to promote the MIQS Project to health plans, providers, and Medi-Cal Beneficiaries.

    The MIQS Project seeks to motivate Medi-Cal members to quit smoking by offering a $20 gift card to members who call the California Smokers’ Helpline and enroll in its free telephone-based support services. All Medi-Cal members who smoke are eligible. To receive the $20 gift card the patient must be a current Medi-Cal member, have a Beneficiary Identification Card number, ask for the gift card, and complete the first counseling session.

    Medi-Cal members who smoke have a great new reason to quit!

    $20 gift card now available* for calling the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS and developing a “quit smoking” plan.

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    Visit these additional resources for more information on how to quit smoking:

    American Cancer Society

    American Lung Association

    Center for Disease Control

    National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids

    The Department of Health Care Services has launched Welltopia, a Facebook page to encourage Medi-Cal members to live a healthy lifestyle and quit smoking. This page offers tips about nutrition, physical activity, quitting smoking, melting away stress, and more!

    The Mission of the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) is to improve the health of all Californians by reducing illness and premature death attributable to the use of tobacco products. Through leadership, experience and research, CTCP empowers statewide and local health agencies to promote health and quality of life by advocating social norms that create a tobacco-free environment. Click here to learn more.

    It's Quitting Time LA aims to further reduce smoking prevalence and decrease exposure to secondhand smoke, especially in disadvantaged communities, by implementing evidence-based policies and environmental change strategies that promote tobacco cessation and smoke-free environments. Click here to learn more.

    Smokefree.gov provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking. Click here to learn more.

    Quit Smoking On Your Phone - Get 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help you quit and stay quit. To sign up, text the word QUIT to 47848 from your mobile phone or click here.

    Visit the Barton Health Library to read more articles, take quizzes, risk assessments, and more here.