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Get Help to Stop Smoking

Quitting smoking is hard.  Your odds of succeeding will increase if you have support.  Wisconsin Medicaid has special programs to help BadgerCare Plus and SSI Managed Care members stop smoking.  The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line and First Breath offer free help to individuals who smoke and want to quit.  They may also pay for time spent in activities that are part of the program.

Why quit smoking?

There are lots of good reasons to quit smoking, but here are a few to think about:

  • Money — Smoking one pack a day costs more than $2,500 a year.

  • Illness — Smoking is bad for your health and those around you.

  • Loneliness — More people and more places are going smoke-free.  

  • Your Family — Secondhand smoke hurts kids.  And if you're pregnant, quitting smoking gives your baby a head start to a healthier life.

What kind of help can I get?

Through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, eligible BadgerCare Plus and SSI Managed Care members who smoke may get:

  • Up to five free counseling calls from the Quit Line

  • Access to the Quit Line whenever you need help

Through the First Breath Program, eligible pregnant BadgerCare Plus and SSI Managed Care smokers who have smoked anytime in the past six months may get:

  • Free one-on-one quit smoking counseling from the First Breath program while pregnant

  • Up to 12 months of free counseling after delivery

How do I find out if I'm eligible?

If you are a BadgerCare Plus or SSI Managed Care member who smokes, call 1-800-QUIT NOW to find out if you are eligible for Striving to Quit.

If you are a BadgerCare Plus or SSI Managed Care member who is pregnant and has smoked anytime in the past six months, call the First Breath Program at 1-800-448-5148 to find out if you are eligible for Striving to Quit.  

More Information

For additional inspiration, check out these resources or contact your HMO.  If you have a specific question, let us know at dhsstqinfo@wisconsin.gov.

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Last Revised:  March 18, 2014