Smoking Cessation Products
TRICARE covers smoking cessation products, including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, to help you quit smoking. Covered smoking cessation products are available at no cost through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and military pharmacies. Smoking cessation productss are not covered at retail pharmacies.
Covered smoking cessation products are available in the United States for all beneficiaries age 18 and over (who are not eligible for Medicare). The products are also available to active duty service members and active duty family members enrolled in TRICARE Prime overseas at military pharmacies and through home delivery (where available), including U.S. Territories.
You must have a prescription from a TRICARE-authorized provider for any smoking cessation medication, including OTCs. You don’t need to be diagnosed with a smoking-related illness to use smoking cessation medications.
TRICARE covers the following smoking cessation products for free:
- Varenicline tablets (brand name Chantix)
- Bupropion SR tablets (brand name Zyban and generics)
- Nicotine nasal spray (brand name Nicotrol NS)
- Nicotine inhalation (brand name Nicotrol)
- Nicotine transdermal (brand names Nicoderm CQ and Habitrol)
- Nicotine gum (brand names Nicorette, Nicorelief and generics)
- Nicotine lozenge (brand names Nicorette, Commit and generics)
If you plan to fill your prescription at a military pharmacy, please call ahead to check its availability and to see if your military medical facility requires participation in a cessation program or class.
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. For smoking cessation medications, a quit attempt is 120 days of medication. If you also receive smoking cessation counseling that overlaps your covered medication use by at least 60 days, it is considered a single quit attempt.