Whether you are attempting to quit tobacco for the first time or the last time, the following free resources will help you achieve your goal. Participate in one-on-one coaching, receive free tobacco cessation products (patches, gum, and lozenges), or attend a support group online or in-person.
Resources for GatorCare Members
Tobacco Cessation Products and Medications
To help you quit, GatorCare covers certain tobacco cessation products and medications at 100%.* The products and medication covered under any GatorCare health plan include:
- Nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum, lozenges, spray, and inhalers
- Oral medications such as varenicline** and bupropion SR.
GatorCare covers these products for up to 180 days of therapy per benefit year. Additional fills beyond 180 days per calendar year will follow benefit and formulary coverage guidelines. A prescription is required to receive this benefit. Please see your medical provider to obtain a prescription.
*For a full list of tobacco cessation medications covered, please view the Pharmacy Look-up Tool. Eligible products and medications will be labeled with the following:
**Please note: Chantix and its associated generics are on back order and/or pending FDA approval until late 2021.
For questions regarding this benefit, email us at GatorCareClinical@shands.ufl.edu.
Research shows you are three times more likely to succeed quitting tobacco when you combine counseling with cessation aids. When you are ready to quit, we are here to help. Connect with your GatorCare Wellness Team for one-on-one coaching to help you reduce or eliminate your tobacco usage.
- Gainesville members, contact Mallory Rubek.
- Jacksonville members, contact Felicia Brinkley, Tobacco Training Specialist.
Tobacco Free Florida
Looking to quit nicotine use of any kind – hookah, tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, or vape? Tobacco Free Florida offers free smoking cessation programs such as Text2Quit, personalized coaching sessions with a Quit Coach®, a 2- week starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy (if medically appropriate for individuals 18 years or older), and Web Quit, which offers a personalized online plan for those quitting on their own. For additional tools and information, visit Tobacco Free Florida.
University of Florida AHEC
The UF Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program in partnership with Tobacco Free Florida offers free classes to help you quit. Participate in a one-time, two hour Tools to Quit class and receive two to four weeks of free nicotine replacement products (if medically appropriate for individuals 18 years or older). Classes are offered twice a day Monday through Friday and are available in-person and online. Visit UF AHEC to sign up for your class. All classes are open to the public.
Florida AHEC Network
Find a tobacco cessation program near you. The Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network consists of 10 centers throughout the state of Florida providing health professional education and support, including free tobacco cessation services. Click on your county under “centers by county” to learn more about programs near you. Gainesville residents fall under the Suwannee River AHEC, and Jacksonville residents belong to the Northeast Florida AHEC.