"Fact Sheet for Medicare Beneficiaries Smoking Cessation Information"
NEW JERSEY MEDICARE Fact Sheet for Medicare Beneficiaries: QUALITY Smoking Cessation Information INITIATIVE Why should I quit smoking? stroke or cancer. It’s never too late to Smoking is the number one cause of quit! preventable disease and death in the United States. When you stop What is the best way to quit? smoking, the risk of cancer and heart Your best chances for success begin disease begins to decline. Circulation with commitment and preparation. of blood to the hands and feet The first and most important step is improves. While quitting won’t making the decision to quit. Then reverse chronic lung disease, it may create a plan you think will work for slow the disease and help retain you, and prepare for a nonsmoking existing lung function. life. If I quit, will I experience Do I need help to quit? withdrawal symptoms? Do not quit alone. The more support Smokers are addicted to nicotine you have from family, friends and which is a powerful drug. That’s why professionals, the more likely you are it’s difficult to quit. However, it only to succeed. In addition, counseling takes four to seven days for all of the and support groups are very effective nicotine to leave your system. During as are medications such as nicotine this time, you may feel edgy, hungry, replacement therapy. tired, short tempered and have trouble sleeping, but these symptoms are Where can I find help? temporary. Call your physician, local hospital or local health department for I’m an older smoker. There’s no information on programs near you. point in quitting now. The New Jersey Department of Health If you quit smoking now, you’ll feel and Senior Services offers a free more in control, have fewer coughs internet-based service, QUITNET, at and colds and you’ll decrease your www.nj.quitnet.com or you can call chances of having a heart attack, New Jersey QUITLINE toll free at 1-866-657-8677. Its services are free. The Healthcare Quality Improvement Organization of New Jersey, Inc. 557 Cranbury Road, Suite 21 ❖ East Brunswick, NJ 08816 Telephone: 732-238-5570 ❖ Fax: 732-238-7766 ❖ Website: www.pronj.org THIS MATERIAL WAS PREPARED AND ASSEMBLED BY PRONJ, THE HEALTHCARE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ORGANIZATION OF NEW JERSEY, INC., UNDER CONTRACT WITH THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS). THE CONTENTS PRESENTED DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT CMS POLICY. 7SOW-NJ-INPT-03-11