Many people turn to smoking to help them cope with stress and anxiety. Smoking is an addiction, and quitting can be difficult. We understand and want to help.


There are many treatments available to help you quit smoking. Use the information below as a guide to help you understand your treatment options. Always speak with your doctor to determine the best treatment for you.

Psychological Counseling
Counseling, also known as talk therapy, can be an effective way to stop smoking. It involves regular visits with a behavioral health professional who will help you learn ways to cope with stress, manage your symptoms and help you quit. It is important to feel comfortable and safe with your behavioral health professional, and you may need to talk with a few to find one who feels right. Find a provider who can help you stop smoking and tobacco use for good.

There are medications available to help make quitting smoking easier such as nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, bupropion and Chantix. These are covered for members with EmblemHealth pharmacy benefit coverage.* Make sure to talk to your doctor about which medicine is right for you.

* Coverage may vary by plan. Review the pharmacy benefits for your particular plan.

Ready for help?

If you smoke, we are here to help you stop. Our Tobacco-Free Quit-Smoking Program is available to you at no extra cost and is designed to support you as you try to quit smoking for good.

To join this program*, New York State residents please call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487), non-residents of New York State, please call 1-877-500-2393, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 9 pm, Saturday between 9 am and 7 pm and Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm. TTY/TDD users should call 711.

*GHI NY City PPO (active and retirees) should call the National Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

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