Smoking and Tobacco Cessation

If you smoke, use tobacco products or vape, quitting is an essential step toward better health. Each of our medical plan providers offers support for smoking and tobacco cessation including free nicotine replacement therapy. If you are not enrolled in one of Johns Hopkins health insurance plans, you still have free smoking and tobacco cessation support through a national network of tobacco cessation quitlines.

DID YOU KNOW? It is estimated that lung cancer accounts for nearly 1 in 4 deaths globally

Smoking and passive exposure to tobacco smoke are two key risk factors of lung cancers that you can control for yourself and your family. Please take advantage of the tobacco cessation programs below.  You may also be eligible for a free lung cancer screening, based on your smoking history. Contact your healthcare provider or you can contact Johns Hopkins Work Stride Managing Cancer at Work    Work Stride oncology nurse navigators to learn more about the eligibility criteria: 844-446-6229, or


Smoking and Tobacco Cessation Resources

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Craving to Quit

Craving to Quit is a 21-day tobacco cessation program offered at no cost to members through our wellness partner, Sharecare, Inc. Craving to Quit is an evidence-based mindfulness program that delivers behavior change techniques through videos, animations, in-the-moment exercises, and an online support community. Developed and tested in conjunction with leading research universities, the program helps participants master techniques to control tobacco cravings and change smoking habits.

Craving to Quit Tobacco Cessation Flyer

Get started today:
Visit and log in or complete the one-time registration with Sharecare. Once you’ve logged in, navigate to the Achieve section, select Programs, then click Stop Smoking.

If you have any questions, please call Sharecare support at 877-260-3253


Our Employer Health Plan offers participants health coaching by phone (see below), health education programs, and nicotine replacement therapy under the Rx plan. Get more information at EHP.

Health Coach Program

Health coaching provides one-on-one assistance to guide you in adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors. Sessions are conducted telephonically each month and range from 6 to 10 months. The health coach will work with you on monthly goal setting and create an individualized action plan to help you quit. Throughout the program, various assessments are taken to evaluate your progress, health status, program satisfaction, and modifications to your action plan are made as needed.

Get started today: email or call 1-800-957-9760.

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente offers participating members health classes and nicotine replacement therapy. Get more information at Kaiser Permanente.

Get started today with Kaiser Permanente’s Wellness Coaching by Phone by calling (866) 862-4295.

Nicotine Replacement through Express Scripts

Prescription and over-the-counter nicotine replacement products are covered at 100% for BCBS and EHP through Express Scripts. You can purchase prescribed medications with a prescription from your doctor, as well as any over the counter medications by using your Express Scripts card.

The Maryland Tobacco Quitline

Get started now: call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669)   or  visit



If you are looking to support others with their tobacco cessation goals visit MDQuit links professionals and providers to state tobacco initiatives, to provide evidence-based, effective resources and tools to local programs, to create and support an extensive, collaborative network of tobacco prevention and cessation professionals, and to provide a forum for sharing best practices throughout the state of Maryland

National Resources

National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines -1-800-QUIT-NOW

Quitlines are telephone-based tobacco cessation services, available at no cost to US residents in each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Quitlines help tobacco users quit through a variety of service offerings including individual counseling, practical information on how to quit, referral to other cessation resources, mailed self-help materials, information on FDA-approved cessation medications, and in some cases, free or discounted cessation medications.

American Lung Association–  Get proven tools, tips and support that can help you or your loved one end your addiction to tobacco and begin a new, smokefree phase of your life.



Questions? Email our Wellness team.