Tobacco Cessation Benefits
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Quitting is Easier with Support

Thinking about quitting or cutting back on my tobacco use? Are there any services that can help?

Smoking increases the risk for serious health problems, many diseases, and death. People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death.* Counseling and medication are both effective for treating tobacco dependence, and using them together is more effective than using either one alone.**

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We know quitting tobacco can be difficult to do. Check out some FREE RESOURCES to get you started. Your health plan offers a range of proven approaches to help you as well. Scroll down to locate your health plan.

Blue Shield of California


Wellvolution is Blue Shield’s digital healthcare platform that provides digital clinical programs to help member’s quit smoking. Wellvolution Programs Flyer
How does it work?

  1. Member accesses information and reviews digital programs at
  2. Member creates an account
  3. Member answers 10-15 questions designed to identify unique health risks and health goals
  4. Member reviews recommended programs based on health risks, downloads the app of the program of their choice and begins participating and improving their health

What is available to help me stop smoking? Wellvolution Smoking Cessation programs include the following, depending upon which program you select:

  • Proven effective quit aids such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in the form of patches, gum, and lozenges (up to 2 months’ supply) sent to your home
  • Personalized quit journey with unique and targeted interventions Strategies to cope with cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms
  • Controlled, mindful breathing experience coupled with multisensory stimuli
  • Stress management and problem-solving skill development
  • 24/7 support from thousands of former tobacco users and current quitters 

Kaiser Permanente

Pharmacy Benefit:

You may be eligible to receive tobacco cessation medications at your drug benefit co-payment price with a prescription from your doctor. If you're interested, talk to your doctor. To learn more about which medications (over-the-counter or prescription) might be right for you, check out our animated Quit Tobacco Medications Program video below.

Classes and support groups:

Individual tobacco cessation counseling or classes can double your chance of success. Contact our Health Education department at your local Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, or sign up online for a Freedom From Tobacco class by visiting


Working with a wellness coach can increase your likelihood of success by helping you create — and stick with — a plan to quit tobacco. Schedule phone sessions at times that work for you. No referral is needed. Call us at (866) 862-4295 (M-F 7am - 7pm PT) or schedule an appointment online


Take the Total Health Assessment to make good health part of you daily habits.  It only takes about 10 minutes and there's no cost to members. Based on your  results, you’ll find advice, encouragement, and tools that can help you make healthier lifestyle choices. To get started, sign in to your online account at

You can also get extra support from articles, videos, interactive tools, and more by visiting our Health Encyclopedia page on

Online: What are electronic cigarettes?

Go to and type in Learning About Electronic Cigarettes for more information. You’ll find information on:

  • CDC Guidance

    Learn more about electronic cigarettes from the CDC here.

  • What are electronic cigarettes?

    Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that turn liquid nicotine into vapor (also known as vaping) that you breath in. Many of them are made to look like real cigarettes. Some have a light at the end that glows when you breathe it.

  • How do e-cigarettes work?

    E-cigarettes contain three main parts, a mouthpiece, heating element, and battery. The mouthpiece cartridge holds liquid nicotine. The heating element turns the liquid into vapor that you breathe in. The battery provides power for the heating element.

  • Are e-cigarettes safe?

    More research is needed before we know if e-cigarettes are safe for people to use. The long-term health effects of using them are not know. Just as with lead-tobacco cigarettes, the nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive. And they do contain small amounts of harmful chemicals. It is not yet known how much of these chemicals and nicotine is breathed in with e-cigarettes.

  • Can e-cigarettes help you stop smoking?

    If you are thinking about using e-cigarettes to help you quit smoking, talk to your doctor first. It is not known if e-cigarettes will help you stop smoking. E-cigarette cartridges come with different levels of nicotine. Some people try to lower the nicotine levels over time. But it is not known if this is a healthy or effect way to control nicotine amounts. Using e-cigarettes may keep your addition to nicotine active and make it harder to quit. There is concern that the use of these by new users could lead to use of other tobacco products. Experts agree that there is not enough evidence to recommend using e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

Health Net CanopyCare HMO

Tobacco cessation program

Tobacco cessation program Once you enroll (by phone) in the tobacco cessation program, you get a coach to guide you through the process. Plus, you get access to useful tools to help you quit.

These include:

  • Daily tracking
  • Digital coaching
  • Daily nudges
  • An online community
  • A quitting pact
  • 40 additional optional modules
  • Mindfulness too

Call the Customer Contact Center at 1-833-448-2042 when you need to ask questions about benefits and eligibility, or get help finding resources. Our helpful staff are available Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST


Posted On

Mar 1, 2024