Tobacco Cessation

Making that First Step to Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco is difficult, but you can boost your likelihood of success with our help! Vantage Health Plan (Vantage) and Affinity Health Group (Affinity) want to help you increase your chances of quitting successfully. Quitting tobacco is a process that starts one day at a time. Each day you refrain from using tobacco is also another step toward a healthier lifestyle. It’s not only better for you, but something everyone around you will appreciate.

Medications and Nicotine Replacement Therapy – Pharmacy Services

If your physician or health care provider recommends smoking cessation medications and/or Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs), you must have prescriptions filled and/or over-the-counter (OTC) therapies purchased exclusively at SCTMS’s contracted Pharmacies. Check your Pharmacy Directory for the contracted pharmacy near you.

Medications and NRTs will not be covered if purchased at a pharmacy that is not in our exclusive Pharmacy Directory.

You may present your SCTMS ID Card at the contracted pharmacy counter and you will not be required to pay for your medication and/or NRTs up to any limitations or exclusions defined by the Program. SCTMS will reimburse the contracted pharmacy directly for your purchases.

Covered Pharmacy Benefits

The following prescription medications and NRTs are covered when recommended and prescribed by a licensed practitioner with prescriptive authority from the State of Louisiana, and obtained from our exclusive contracted pharmacy providers:

  • Bupropion SR (Bupropion HCI Extended Release Tablets USP (SR))
  • Clonidine HCI
  • Nortriptyline HCI

The following over-the-counter NRTs will be covered only if they are obtained from our exclusive contracted network pharmacy provider. You should always present these NRTs at the contracted Pharmacy counter.

  • Nicotine gum
  • Nicotine lozenges
  • Nicotine patch

Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT)

What is the Smoking Cessation Trust

Funded by the 2010 Court of Appeal judgment, affirming the decision in the Scott v. American Tobacco Co., et al class action lawsuit, the Smoking Cessation Trust was created to provide smoking cessation programs for Louisiana residents.

For more information:

Ready To Quit Smoking?

 Are you a resident of Louisiana?

 Did you smoke a cigarette before Sept 1, 1988?

If you answered "yes" to both questions, then you're eligible to enroll for free medications, counseling and coaching*. To enroll online, click the button below or visit You can also enroll by calling Affinity Behavioral Health at (318) 807-6258.

*Limits apply