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Tobacco Cessation Products

TRICARE covers tobacco cessation products including:

  • Prescriptions
  • Over-the-counter drugs

How do I qualify?

  • Be age 18 or older
  • Not be eligible for Medicare
  • Have a prescription from a TRICARE-authorized provider

Where can I get them filled?

You can fill your prescription at no cost at military pharmacies and through home delivery.

  • If you plan to use a military pharmacy, call first to see if:
    • The product is in stock
    • You're required to participate in a tobacco cessation program or class
  • If you're overseas, tobacco cessation products are only available to active duty service members and families enrolled in TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • Retail pharmacies don't cover tobacco cessation products

What products are covered?

TRICARE covers:

  • Chantix (Varenicline tablets)
  • Zyban and generics (Buproprin SR tablets)
  • Nicotrol NS (Nicotine nasal spray)
  • Nicotrol (Nicotine inhalation)
  • Nicoderm CQ and Habitrol (Nicotine transdermal)
  • Nicorette, Nicorelief and generics (Nicotine gum)
  • Nicorette, Commit and generics (Nicotine lozenge)


  • There is a limit of two quit attempts each year.
  • A third quit attempt may be covered in a year with physician justification and preauthorization. 
  • A quit attempt equals 120 days of the tobacco cessation product. If you also get counseling that overlaps your product use by at least 60 days, it's considered a single quit attempt.

Last Updated 1/20/2015

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