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Quitting Tobacco

Choose Life. Quit Tobacco.

"Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times." ~Mark Twain

Do you or your spouse/domestic partner want to quit using tobacco? The City is here to assist you. Through the City's Tobacco Cessation Program, you and your spouse/domestic partner have access to a variety of programs, tools, and resources that are intended to help you with quitting tobacco.

Quit for Life Program (Quitline)

When you are ready to quit, call the FREE and confidential Quitline at
(866) 784-8454 or enroll in the Quit for Life program online at Administered by the American Cancer Society, the City’s customized Quitline is available to ALL full-time, active City of San Antonio employees and their spouses/domestic partners at no cost. The Quitline provides professional counselors to assist you through the toughest parts of quitting tobacco.

How it works

  1. Call the Quitline at (866) 784-8454 or enroll online at
  2. Speak with a professional counselor.
  3. With the assistance of the counselor, develop a nicotine cessation program that works for you, which may include free nicotine patches or gum.
  4. Continue phone counseling with Quitline staff.
  5. Quit for good!

Tobacco Cessation Classes

FREE group tobacco cessation classes, offered through the City's Employee Assistance Program, are available to all employees and their spouses/domestic partners. Classes for this 4-week program are held on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. at 102 Wickes St., 78210. Click here for more information or contact the Employee Wellness Program at
(210) 207-WELL (9355).

Tobacco Cessation Prescription Medications

To support civilian employees and their spouses/domestic partners who are on the City’s health plan with quitting tobacco, the City’s prescription drug plan has been extended to cover several tobacco cessation prescription medications. These medications include Buproban, which is a Tier 1 prescription medication, and Chantix, Nicotrol, and Zyban, which are Tier 3 prescription medications. At your next visit with your primary care physician, discuss whether tobacco cessation prescription medications are right for you.

Benefits of Quitting

20 minutes after quitting. Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.

12 hours after quitting. The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting. Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

1 to 9 months after quitting. Coughing and shortness of breath decreases; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk infection.

1 year after quitting. The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

5 years after quitting. Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.

10 years after quitting. The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases, too.

15 years after quitting. The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker's.