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New Resource for Adult Smokers Age 50+

If you’re older, you may wonder if it’s too late to quit smoking. Or you may ask yourself if it’s even possible to quit at your age, especially if you’ve tried more than once and haven’t been successful.

Here is a free Quit Smoking Guide designed especially for adult smokers age 50+. 


Click here to get more information and download Clear Horizons:

Quitting Smoking for Older Adults


Get on the Path to a Healthier You!

Within 20 minutes of quitting smoking healthy changes start in your body.

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Take a look! Slideshow from WebMD:13 Best Quit-Smoking Tips Ever


Minnesota’s Tobacco Phone Counseling Programs

Everyone in Minnesota can take advantage of a stop smoking program that offers personal support.  There's no cost to you - whether you're covered by a health plan or not. Research shows you'll be much more likely to succeed when you use a phone counseling program.

If you have one of these health plans, call the number listed:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Blue Plus




First Plan of Minnesota






MCHA (Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association)


Metropolitan Health Plan


PreferredOne Community Health Plan


South Country Health Alliance


UCare Minnesota



For everyone else call:

QUITPLAN® Services    1-888-354-PLAN




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Stop using tobacco FAQ

Why should I get help to quit smoking?

Quitting is hard.  Research shows that you are much more likely to succeed in quitting if you get help from a trained counselor.  Help is as close as your telephone.  Call one of the numbers above.

Why should I get help to quit using smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, etc.)?

Smokeless tobacco delivers a potent dose of nicotine to your body just like smoking does.  Quitting can be hard.  You are much more likely to succeed if you get help.  Call one of the numbers above. 

Where can I get help to quit?

Quitting is hard, but getting help isn't.  Call one of the quit line numbers above.

Where can I get free help to quit if I don’t have health insurance?

ClearWay Minnesota's QUITPLAN Services provide free help to quit using tobacco to everyone who lives or works in Minnesota.

What is QUITPLAN Helpline?

When you call QUITPLAN® Services at 1-888-354-PLAN (7526), you’ll immediately be set up with a service that’s right for you.

If you select the QUITPLAN® Helpline, you will be connected to experienced, professional phone counselors who are waiting to help you to quit.  You’ll work with them to create a personalized plan to quit, and you may receive free nicotine patches, lozenges or gum if it’s deemed appropriate.

The Helpline is able to help Spanish speakers and the hearing-impaired.

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What is quitplan.com?

This free Web site is a personal support center that features many helpful and interactive quit-smoking resources.

Features of quitplan.com include:


What are the health benefits of quitting?

When you quit smoking - healthy changes start in your body.

The health benefits continue to increase year after year!

Learn more about smoking and your health.  Download a short, easy to read booklet from the Surgeon General:

What it means to you

What it means to you (En espanol)

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: what it means to you. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004.

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Is it ever too late to quit?

The sooner you make the decision to quit, the sooner you will make the change to a healthier you

I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit in the past, why should I try again?

Quitting smoking is hard.  It is not unusual for people to need to practice quitting several times before they quit for good. 

I am an employer, where can I get free help for me and my employees to quit?

ClearWay Minnesota's QUITPLAN at Work program provides help to quit for you and your employees.   This includes free onsite group counseling sessions led by professional counselors.  To get more information click here.


For health care providers: Helping Smokers Quit - A Guide for Clinicians

The U.S. Public Health Service revised its Clinical Practice Guideline in May 2008.  The resulting publication, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, gives health care providers an evidence based approach for treating tobacco use and dependence that incorporates the latest research. 

The key points of the guideline are summarized in a pocket-sized Guide for Clinicians.  The guide includes a chart with suggestions for clinical use of medications for tobacco dependence treatment.  This chart includes information on precautions/contraindications, side effects, dosage, duration and availability.

To view a PDF version of the pocket guide click here.


Links to more information

The Health Consequences of Smoking - What it means to you

Las Consecuencias del fumar en su Salud - Lo Que Significa para Ud.


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