Things You Should Know

How does the program work?

Our Commit to Quit Tobacco Free Program offers medications (prescription and nicotine replacement), supportive services conducted either individually or in a group, and visits with a physician or nurse practitioner to aid you in quitting the use of tobacco. Our medical providers will work with you to plan your quit date and determine what medications and supportive services you may need.

How much does this program cost?

Program cost varies depending on each participant’s health insurance benefits. Some individuals who meet certain criteria may qualify to receive these benefits FREE of charge.

How do I determine if I qualify to participate in this program FREE of charge?

The FREE resources are made available via the Louisiana Smoking Cessation Trust Fund. The Trust criteria are two-fold:

- Are you a resident of Louisiana?

- Did you smoke a cigarette prior to September 1, 1988?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you qualify for these FREE resources.

What if I want to quit but don't qualify for the FREE program?

If you want to quit smoking but do not qualify for the free program, there are services that may be still be funded for you, and your health insurance may cover some portions of the program as well.

Louisiana Residents:
You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit where you can find other resources, such as a coach, who can help you develop a plan to quit and offer counseling. This service is free for Louisiana residents ages 13 and older who are ready to quit within the next 30 days.

Mississippi Residents:
You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit where you can find other resources, such as a coach, who can help you develop a plan to quit and offer counseling. This service is free for Mississippi residents.

Is the program really FREE?

Yes. The program is free for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for the LA Smoking Cessation Trust and who are currently enrolled in the program. Once you enroll in the LA Smoking Cessation Trust and are approved, you will receive a benefits card to obtain free smoking cessation medications (both prescription and nicotine replacement), as well as a free doctor visit and supportive services (individual or group sessions).

Why should smokers try to quit?

In addition to causing several types of cancer, lung problems and reproductive complications, smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower. This makes the heart beat faster and work harder, which leads to high blood pressure, blood clots, and a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.

Will I always be able to see my physician?

CIS makes every effort for each patient to see their own physician in clinic. If your physician is not available, you may choose to see any of our other health care professionals for prompt care. If you are in the hospital, you can expect to see any one of our physicians depending on the physician schedule that day. CIS believes that cardiovascular medicine is a team effort, so our cardiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and many others work together to bring you the best of care.

Do I have to quit right away?

No. We will work with you on choosing a quit date that is best for you; it does not need to be the day you come in.

Will it make a real health difference if I quit?

It’s never too late to quit. Giving up smoking quickly reduces the chance of developing cardiovascular disease, and within five years of quitting, the chances of having a heart attack are 50-70 percent lower for former smokers compared to current smokers.

If I have tried multiple times to quit without success, how can this attempt be more successful?

In addition to providing free medication to fight nicotine cravings, CIS also offers counseling sessions (both in person and over the phone) to guide the participant in resisting cravings and responding to moments of weakness. Nicotine addiction is the only addiction in which cessation is the most successful after multiple attempts. You can do it, and we are here to help you.

How can smokers sign up to participate?

To sign up, contact a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist to learn more: 1-877-288-0011.

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