It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking
You probably already know one of the best ways to improve your health is to quit smoking. Smoking puts you at risk for many serious conditions that can shorten your life, but many people still find it hard to quit. That’s why we offer programs and resources to help.
Why Quit Now?
Many older adults who have smoked for years think stopping now won’t do any good. But that’s not true. Many health problems caused by smoking can be even more serious for seniors. As soon as you stop smoking your body begins to recover. Quitting at any age will improve your health.
Improve Your Health
By quitting you can:
- Lower your risk for lung and other types of cancer
- Reduce your risk for heart disease, lung disease, and stroke
- Reduce your risk of developing or worsening chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States
You can also:
- Improve your sense of taste and smell
- Save money
- Avoid exposing loved ones to secondhand smoke
How to Quit
The first step is to make a firm decision to quit and pick a definite date to stop. Then make a clear plan for how you will quit and stick to it. You might ask a friend to quit with you or join a support group. Some people use nicotine replacement products to help them quit. No matter how you decide to quit, stick with your plan and know that you are taking a major step towards better health.
Programs to Help:
As a Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO member, you have a variety of programs and resources to help you quit:
Free phone counseling, information, and referral programs to help Massachusetts residents quit smoking. You can sign-up for this program through your doctor, who will fax your enrollment form to QuitWorks. Your doctor will get reports on your progress. This approach helps you get the support you need while you’re quitting. For more information, talk to your doctor or call Customer Relations.
QuitWorks is part of the Try-To-STOP TOBACCO Resource Center of Massachusetts. For details call 1-800-TRY-TO-STOP.
Wellness Seminars to Help You Quit
As a Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO member, you can save 30% off wellness programs1 at participating hospitals. Many hospitals offer programs and support groups that can help you quit smoking. For information on available programs and participating hospitals, call Customer Relations.
Discounts on Products to Help You Quit From ChooseHealthy™
Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members can save up to 40% percent off suggested retail prices on a variety of over-the-counter products to help you stop smoking1. To learn more, call Customer Relations.
Benefits to Help You Quit
Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO members are covered for certain stop smoking counseling programs. If you are covered by our prescription drug benefit, certain
quit smoking medications are also covered. For more information, call Customer Relations.
For More Information
If you have any questions call Customer Relations at 1-800-701-9000 (TTY 1-800-208-9562). Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(From October 15 – February 14, representatives are available 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) After hours and on holidays, please leave a message and a representative will return your call the next business day.
1The products and services in the Preferred Extras program are neither offered nor guaranteed under our contract with the Medicare program. In addition, they are not
subject to the Medicare appeals process. Any disputes regarding these products and services may be subject to the Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO grievance process.
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