Quit smoking today with smoking cessation treatments online

Tired of the damage smoking causes and ready to quit? In as little as 15 minutes, you can speak with a board-certified primary care doctor over the phone or computer and get smoking cessation treatment online. Your doctor will develop a comprehensive plan to quit smoking including behavioral strategies and prescription medicines.*

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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor's discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of smoking cessation. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Learn about tobacco addiction

There are many misconceptions regarding smoking. People tend to think nicotine is not as addictive as other drugs, thus kicking the habit should be easy. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Nicotine is one of the most addictive and harmful substances someone can use. Even nicotine replacement products like electronic cigarettes and vape pens, that are disguised to be safer alternatives to normal cigarettes are harmful to the body. For those who want to quit, a comprehensive plan including behavior change or therapy, medication, and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is the safest and most effective way to become tobacco-free. 

Symptoms of tobacco dependence (smoking addiction)

  • The most common symptom of tobacco dependence is a strong craving for cigarettes. You may feel like you need to smoke to relax or to get you out of a depressed mood. You may even do so to cope with stress. Other symptoms include: 

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Constantly thinking about cigarettes

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Headaches

How to Treat Tobacco Dependence

If you’re struggling with smoking, many treatment options are available to help you quit. These include:

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

    This is one of the most common and effective smoking cessation treatments. NRT involves using products like patches, gum, or lozenges to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

  • Prescription Medications

    Several prescription medications can help with smoking cessation, including bupropion and varenicline. These drugs block nicotine's effects on the brain, making it easier to quit smoking.

  • Counseling and Support Groups

    Counseling and support groups can provide the emotional support you need to quit smoking. These groups can also help you develop coping skills for nicotine withdrawal and cravings.

  • Smoking Cessation Programs

    Many hospitals and community organizations offer smoking cessation programs. These programs usually involve a combination of counseling, support groups, and education.

  • Quit Smoking Hotlines

    Quit smoking hotlines like 1-800-QUIT-NOW can provide information and help you find resources in your area.  

  • Behavioral Therapy

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you identify the triggers that cause you to smoke and develop strategies to avoid them. 

  • Smoking Cessation Medications

    Bupropion (Zyban)

    Varenicline (Chantix)

    Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

    • Bupropion (Zyban) - Bupropion is an antidepressant that can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms

    • Varenicline (Chantix) - Varenicline is a prescription medication that blocks the effects of nicotine in the brain and decreases tobacco cravings.

    • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - NRT products, such as patches, gum, and lozenges, can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. They may be used in combination with other medications like bupropion or varenicline safely.

How to quit smoking

Kicking your smoking habit isn't as simple as deciding to quit. It takes time, effort, and planning. Here are a few tips to help you quit smoking:

  • Set a Quit Date

    Choose a date when you will stop smoking and stick to it.

  • Get rid of Cigarettes and Ashtrays

    Get rid of all cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and workplace.

  • Tell Your Family and Friends

    Tell your family and friends that you're looking to drop your smoking habit and ask for their support.

  • Avoid High-Risk Situations

    Avoid situations where you are likely to smoke, such as bars or social events.

  • Develop a Coping Plan

    Develop a plan for how you will deal with nicotine withdrawal and cravings, like chewing gum, practicing mindfulness, or calling a friend or support line 

  • Get Help from a Quit Smoking Program

    Many hospitals and community organizations offer tobacco smoking cessation programs. These programs usually involve a combination of counseling, support groups, and education. You can also call a quit smoking hotline for more information.

When to see a doctor to help quit smoking

If you’re struggling to quit smoking alone, it may be time to seek professional help. This is not uncommon, and many people need assistance to quit smoking. Here are a few reasons to visit a doctor for help:

  • You’ve tried to quit smoking on your own multiple times but have been unsuccessful.

  • You’re experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms that are making it difficult to quit.

  • You’re using tobacco more often or in higher amounts than you want to.

  • You’re unable to control your urge to smoke.

  • You’re smoking in situations where it is not allowed or is dangerous (e.g., while pregnant).

Related conditions to smoking

Smoking can cause countless negative effects in the human body. Below are just a few conditions that are related to smoking: 

  • Cancer

    Smoking is linked to several types of cancer, including lung, throat, and stomach cancer.

  • Heart Disease

    Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease.

  • Stroke

    Smoking can increase your risk of having a stroke.

  • Lung Disease

    Smoking is the leading cause of lung disease in the United States.

  • Pregnancy Complications

    Smoking during pregnancy can cause various complications, including low birth weight and premature birth.

  • Infertility

    Smoking can reduce fertility in both men and women.

  • Erectile Dysfunction

    Smoking is a major risk factor for erectile dysfunction.

  • Oral Health Problems

    Smoking can cause various health problems, including gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. 

Smoking cessation treatment FAQs

  • Which smoking cessation is most effective?

    The most successful smoking cessation approach will differ from person to person. However, medications, gums, patches, inhalers, and lozenges all have good outcomes that boost smoking cessation rates by about 150% to 200%.

  • Do your lungs heal after you quit smoking?

    The answer is yes, but it depends on how long you’ve been smoking. The longer you’ve been smoking, the longer your lungs will need to recover.

  • What are the 5 A’s of smoking cessation?

    The Five A’s are a set of tools that may be used to help someone quit smoking. They are: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.

    • Ask the smoker about tobacco usage and habits to see if they need assistance quitting.

    • Advise the smoker to quit smoking.

    • Assess if the smoker is willing and ready to attempt to quit.

    • Assist the smoker in quitting with support.

    • Arrange follow-up to check in with the smoker as they go through the process.

  • What are the common nicotine withdrawal symptoms?

    Withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person, but the most common are:

    • Cravings for cigarettes

    • Headaches

    • Nausea, constipation/gas, and stomach cramping

    • Irritability

    • Tingling in the hands or feet

    • Depression

    • Difficulty sleeping

    • Increased appetite & weight gain

    • Anxiety, restlessness and problems concentrating

    These symptoms usually peak within the first three days after quitting smoking and will subside within 2 to 4 weeks.

  • How can I quit smoking fast?

    PlushCare provides primary care doctors online for people who want to quit smoking fast. An online doctor at PlushCare can assist you in developing a plan for quitting smoking, suggest methods for coping, and provide you with prescription medications to help you stop smoking.

    Same-day appointments are available, and appointments last on average 15 minutes. If you’re ready to take the leap, make an appointment now so you can stop smoking immediately.

3 simple steps to quit smoking today

Step 1

Book a same-day smoking cessation treatment appointment.

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Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your smoking cessation needs.

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Step 3: pick up at local pharmacy

Step 3

If prescribed, pick up a prescription to help with smoking cessation.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

Smoking cessation treatment pricing details

How pricing works

Join our monthly membership and receive discounted visits to get Smoking Cessation treatment and a new prescription or refill on your current one.

Paying with insurance



First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance



First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.


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