MARINETTE — It is that time of year to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Quitting smoking or vaping is one of the hardest resolutions to keep. Individuals enrolled in Wisconsin Medicaid use tobacco at a higher rate compared to the general population. Wisconsin Medicaid has free resources available to help people quit.

Wisconsin Medicaid benefits include tobacco cessation medications, patches and lozenges. One’s medical provider can prescribe the best cessation plan for each individual, which is also a covered service under Wisconsin Medicaid. Additionally, the cessation benefits are unique from other cessation services because:

■ Repeated courses of treatment are allowed

■ There are no co-pays for tobacco cessation

■ Evaluation and management visits for tobacco cessation are covered

Using tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in Wisconsin. Within minutes of smoking your last cigarette, the body begins to recover with a lower pulse and blood pressure. Food will taste better and the sense of smell will improve. Over time, levels of carbon monoxide in the blood drop and circulation starts to improve. Coughing and shortness of breath decrease along with the risks for heart disease and cancer.

People may call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Individuals can learn more about quitting resources at The University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention website

Editor’s note: This article was submitted by the Marinette County Health and Human Services-Public Health.