Breathe Free

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in our country, killing 443,000 Americans and 6,500 Louisianans each year. But smoking doesn’t just kill; it leads to long-term suffering. Learn the truth about the negative health effects of tobacco use.

Resources Offered:

Louisiana Tobacco Quitline

The Louisiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, is a 24 hour a day, confidential, free tobacco cessation helpline that links people who want to quit using tobacco with trained tobacco cessation specialists who create an individualized plan to quit. This free service is available in English, Spanish, and 150 other languages to people calling from anywhere in Louisiana. TYY and TDD accommodations for hearing impaired and deaf individuals are also available at 1-866-228-4327. Learn More >>

Quit with Us, LA

Quit with Us, LA (QWULA) is a free resource for those who want to quit using tobacco on their own or help their friend or loved one quit, and for healthcare providers who identify that their patients are tobacco users and have a desire to quit. QWULA operates a toll-free phone number (1-800-QUIT-NOW) and a website (www.quitwithusla.org), both of which provide quit coaches, quit plans and medications at no charge to Louisianans. Additional tips, important information and links to other free statewide cessation programs are available throughout the website as well. Learn More >>

Baton Rouge General Smoking Cessation Program

Baton Rouge General can provide you with the tools and support you need to be successful in quitting tobacco with their Smoking Cessation program. The five-week program is a combination of American Cancer Society's FreshStart program and Baton Rouge General's FIT initiatives. Group sessions address real life issues surrounding the lifestyle of a smoker including weight control, stress management, fighting the urge to smoke and staying smoke-free. Cost for participants is $25 for one five-week program series. Learn More >>

Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT)

SCT focuses on making significant, positive contributions to encourage and expand clinician participation in smoking cessation counseling. This group encourages clinicians to consistently counsel every patient who smokes, regardless of whether the patient is ready to quit at this time. Learn More >>

Ochsner Smoking Cessation Clinic

Oschner’s smoking cessation clinics offer services to patients to help them kick their smoking habit for good! Ochsner is partnering with the Smoking Cessation Trust to offer free counseling and medications for anyone wanting to make a healthy lifestyle change. To be eligible for the free program you must be a LA resident and have started smoking before 1988. If you believe you or your spouse/domestic partner fit in this category contact the Ochsner Smoking Cessation Clinic to get started at 225-761-5200. Learn More >>

Mary Bird Perkins’ Geaux Free Tobacco Cessation Program

This group program is offered to community members wanting to quit using tobacco. Sessions are held once a week for nine weeks and facilitated by a certified tobacco treatment specialist. Cancer patients and family members who use tobacco are also eligible to receive free individual counseling by a certified tobacco treatment specialist. After completing individual counseling, participants can enroll in group or phone counseling for additional support at no charge. Learn More >>

Commit to Quit with Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Baton Rouge and Zachary

Commit to Quit is a free smoking cessation program available at Cardiovascular Institute of the South that combines physician evaluations, prescription or over-the-counter medications, and counseling.  The program is unique in that, in addition to providing free medications to fight nicotine cravings, it also offers counseling sessions, both in person and over the phone, to guide the participant in resisting cravings and responding to moments of temptation.  Nicotine addiction is the only addiction in which cessation is the most successful after multiple attempts.  Commit To Quit services are free to Louisiana residents who smoked a cigarette before September of 1988.  However, many insurance carriers cover costs of the program as well.  To learn more about the CIS Commit To Quit Program, call (225) 308-0872 or visit www.cardio.com/treatment/smoking-cessationLearn more>>

Smokefree

Smokefree.gov is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. Different people need different resources as they try to quit smoking cigarettes. The information and professional assistance available can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a non-smoker. Learn More >>

Baby & Me Tobacco Free

Baby & Me Tobacco Free is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population. Women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and low-birth weight babies and this change in behavior also reduces the damaging effect of secondhand smoke on their children. Learn More >>