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Northern California

We know quitting tobacco can be difficult to do. That's why we offer a range of proven approaches to help you.

Photo of a woman breaking a cigarette in halfParticipation in a quit tobacco program, use of medications (such as the nicotine patch and bupropion), or a combination of the two have been proven to improve your chances of quitting.

There are many methods available — we'll help you find the one that works best for you.

Telephonic Wellness Coaching

1-866-251-4514 (toll free)

Get the motivation and guidance you need to take an active role in your health with our Kaiser Permanente wellness coaches. Your personal coach can increase your likelihood of success by helping you create — and stick with — a plan to quit tobacco. If you're not quite ready, you can work with a coach to increase your readiness.

You and your coach talk one-on-one by phone at a time that's convenient for you. Make the first move by calling 1-866-251-4514 (toll free), 6 a.m. to midnight daily, to schedule your coaching appointment.

Coaching sessions are free for Kaiser Permanente members and are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

California Smokers' Helpline

California Smokers' Helpline provides a phone-based, quit smoking program conducted by the University of California at San Diego. You can call this number from the comfort and privacy of your own home. There is no cost to any California resident using this service. The Helpline offers services in multiple languages, as well as tailored counseling for teens, pregnant women, or chew-tobacco users.

1-800-662-8887 (1-800-NO-BUTTS) (toll free)

1-800-456-6386 (1-800-45-NO-FUME) (toll free)

Mandarin and Cantonese
1-800-400-0866 (toll free)

1-800-778-8440 (toll free)

1-800-556-5564 (toll free)

For the hearing or speech impaired
1-800-933-4833 (1-800-933-4TDD) (toll-free TTY)

Chew-tobacco users
1-800-844-2439 (1-800-844-CHEW)

Individual coaching

Individual coaching or counseling may be available through our health education and behavioral health departments. Sessions include 4 one-on-one sessions with a clinical health educator who will assist you in developing a quit plan, learning about medications, the quitting process, and staying smoke free. Search our locations to see if there is a health education or behavioral health department near you.

Health classes

Learn a variety of techniques to help you become smoke-free. Browse our health classes directory to see what's available at your location.

Pharmacy benefit

You may be eligible to receive tobacco cessation medications at your drug benefit co-payment price with a prescription from your doctor. In some cases, you may need to participate in an approved tobacco cessation program.

If you're interested, talk to your doctor.

To learn more about which medication might be right for you, check out our animated Quit Tobacco Medications Program.

Health education centers

Health education centers throughout Kaiser Permanente have information on classes and counseling to help you quit smoking. Programs include the Freedom from Tobacco Series and the Quit Tobacco Workshop. Search our locations to see if there is a health education center near you.

Other tools

Get tools and information for quitting in our health encyclopedia.

Get tips on how to cope with cravings.

Reviewed by: Ali Goldstein, MPH, February 2014
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