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Benefits of counseling to quitting tobacco use

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Think about when you first learned how to ride a bike. Someone probably showed you what to do, held on while you figured out how to keep your balance, let go when you were ready to try by yourself and was there to pick you up if you needed more help.

Learning to quit tobacco is no different. Getting help and support from a trained coach or counselor can make a big difference. And research shows that counseling increases your chances of quitting.

How can I find a coach or counselor?

Everyone in Minnesota has access to free telephone coaching, either through QUITPLAN Services or through their health plan or employer. Call QUITPLAN Services at 1-888-354-PLAN (7526) and we can connect you with a coach. You can also talk to your doctor or health care provider to get more help and support.

What happens when I talk to a coach or counselor?

We’re all different. So your coach will work with you to create a plan for quitting that is best for you. This starts with getting to know more about you, and from there considering all the things that may help you quit, as well as factors that may make it hard. Even if you’ve tried to quit before, the coach will use that information to help you learn from it.

A coach or counselor can also:

  • Give you encouragement and positive support
  • Help you identify reasons why you want to give up tobacco
  • Share knowledge and skills needed to help you successfully create a plan to quit
  • Help you prepare for and address any problems you might have along the way
  • Increase your confidence and motivation to reach your goals

The great thing about phone coaching is that you can talk on your schedule. Coaches will call you several times to provide support when you need it most. And you can call in whenever you feel like you need extra help.

If you’re ready for support, remember – coaching can help put you on the path to success.