Tobacco Cessation Help from Madison Family Dental
Smoking or chewing tobacco is a powerful addiction. It may seem impossible to kick the habit, but thousands quit every year — and you can too!
Tobacco use is the number-one cause of disease and death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that it directly causes more than 440,000 deaths each year in America – including 7,000 in Wisconsin.
Madison Family Dental wants to see you healthy and free from tobacco. That’s why all our staff members are trained in providing tobacco cessation support.
Are You Ready to Quit For Free?
You can do this. And we, at Madison Family Dental, will help show you how.
Step 1: You call the Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW
All phone numbers are listed below. Spanish speaking coaches and translators also available.
Step 2: A friendly coach gives you tips.
Without the Quit Line, I could not have quit. They’re for real. They care. My grand kids wanted me to take them to the park. I couldn’t before. Now I can.
-Shirley of Milwaukee, Quit Line caller
Step 3: The Quit Line will send you a free two week starter kit of medication and materials.
See below for the available medications as well as the doctor prescribed medications available. Your insurance benefits may cover these prescriptions.
Step 4: They’ll come in the mail. It’s free.
No pick-ups or extra visits to the pharmacy.
Step 5: Develop a long term strategy for quitting with your Dentist.
The best plan may include additional prescription medications to help you see through to your goal. We are here to help you so talk to us.
Quit Line Toll-Free Numbers:
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
- 1-877-2NO-FUME (Spanish)
- 1-877-777-6534 (TTY)
Quit Line Hours:
If you call at other times, just leave a message. A quit coach will call back within two business days. Translators are available for mosts languages.
Did You Know Medications Can Help You Quit Smoking?
Free from the Quit Line:
- Nicotine patch
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine lozenge
See your doctor for:
- Varenicline, a pill (Chantix)
- Bupropion, a pill (Zyban or Wellbutrin)
- Nicotine inhaler
- Nasal spray
Your insurance may cover these medications from your doctor. If you have Medicaid, Medicare and SeniorCare, all cover some of these medications. Otherwise, medications cost about the same as a pack of cigarettes a day.
How do these medications work?
- Block your urge to smoke.
- Tackle the “high” you’re used to getting form smoking or chewing.
- Safe for most people.
Which medication works best?
- There is not a “magic pill” to make you quit.
- Thousands have quit tobacco using each of these medications.
- Ask your doctor which one is right for you.
Can I combine medications?
- Your doctor may prescribe more than one for you.
Can I get more tips?
- Yes — call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
How much is smoking costing you?
Here are a few suggestions to help you stay the course:
- Replace cigarettes with alternatives like gum (sugar free, preferably sweetened with xylitol), cinnamon sticks, suckers, toothpicks or low-calorie snacks like carrots, celery and apples wedges.
- Start an exercise program. Taking a walk, doing aerobics and kickboxing or playing sports can take your mind off urges and remind you that quitting helps improve your lung capacity and overall health.
Watch this youtube video to help you understand how, over time, your body adjusts to healthier levels once nicotine is out of your body.
Dr. Donnelly explains why is it important to your health to quit smoking.
For more information about the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, visit WiQuitLine.org. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is managed by the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention and funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.