What we Do
CAREAssist is an Oregon Health Authority program that provides free support to low-income Oregonians living with HIV/AIDS. We offer clients free, life-sustaining medicines and support to help them maintain their health.
Part of that is helping CAREAssist clients quit tobacco and nicotine.
Now that you’ve taken control of your HIV,
it’s time to tackle smoking
Why it’s time to consider quitting
Did you know that about four in 10 people living with HIV in Oregon use tobacco? That’s twice as high as Oregon adults overall. Americans haven’t used tobacco at those rates since the 1940s.
Smoking and nicotine stress out and compromise your immune system. They also interfere with your HIV medications. Once your HIV is under control, smoking poses a greater risk to your health than HIV.
Everyday Oregonians facing the battle with you
Doctors and case managers throughout Oregon are ready to help
Paul DenOuden, MD, Internal Medicine/HIV Specialist, Multnomah County HIV Health Services Center
Free resources are available when you’re ready to quit
42% of CAREAssist clients smoke. 72% say they want to quit.
We are here to help. CAREAssist members who use tobacco and want to quit are eligible to receive free services from the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-784-8669). CAREAssist members are eligible for a variety of free resources, including quit counseling, prescription medication and nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges) to help you quit.
Why we do what we do
The CAREAssist Program provides assistance with health insurance premiums and a full range of medicines, including tobacco cessation products, because we want CAREAssist clients to have everything they need to effectively manage their health and enjoy a high quality of life.