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Frequently Asked Questions

Smoking Cessation Program

Who is eligible?

TRICARE beneficiaries, 18 and older and not eligible for Medicare. There are restrictions on certain drugs for some active duty service members, though other choices are unrestricted for those personnel. Home Delivery of the medications is only available to residents of the United States.

How do I get a prescription for smoking cessation drugs?

Request a prescription from your healthcare provider after discussing the best option(s) in your particular situation. Not every product is suitable for every person making a quit attempt. In this program, a prescription is required, even for the medications which are available over-the-counter.

Which medications are covered?

A variety of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription smoking cessation medications are covered under the program. Approved medications can be found through the TRICARE Formulary Search Tool.

How many quit attempts are covered?

The TRICARE Smoking Cessation Program allows for two 120-day quit attempts during any one-year period. In certain situations, a third attempt in the same year may be offered with pre-approval. There is a limit to the number of nicotine replacement prescriptions that can be provided.

What if I get the drugs from a network retail pharmacy?

Products identified for smoking cessation, including over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine products, are only covered under the Smoking Cessation Program if obtained through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or at a military treatment facility (MTF).

I don't currently use TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery but would like to get started and take advantage of this program. What do I do?

To get started by placing an order, sign in to your account and use our Fill a New Prescription feature to access instructions on how you can submit your form. Here you can print out a pre-filled order form to mail along with your written prescription from your doctor, or you can print a blank order form that your doctor can fill in and fax to us with the prescription.

If I receive smoking cessation drugs through Home Delivery, can I still fill my other prescriptions at a retail pharmacy?

Yes.

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