Smoking tobacco can cause many diseases including heart disease, respiratory diseases, and lung cancer âthe leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Over 56 million people in the U.S. still smoke tobacco, but quitting can reduce your risk of getting these diseases. You can quit smoking today, and Medicare is here to help.
Besides being famous for Thanksgiving, November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month and theÂ Great American Smokeout. While youâre making lists for the upcoming holiday season, make a note to talk with your doctor about quitting if you smoke. Medicare covers 8 face-to-faceÂ smoking cessationÂ counseling sessionsÂ during a 12-month period. If you havenât been diagnosed with an illness caused or complicated by tobacco use, you pay nothing for these counseling sessions, as long as you get them from a qualified doctor or another Medicare provider. Watch our video to learn more about Medicareâs benefits to help you quit.