Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States today. The direct medical costs associated with smoking are more than $50 billion per year. That's about seven percent of the national total cost of health care. Quitting smoking can be one of the single most important decisions a person makes for his or her health. Employers who help their employees break the habit may see long-term benefits with less sick days, medical claims and health care costs. We have two programs to choose from.
BlueCross has partnered with Free & Clear® to offer your employees one of the most successful tobacco treatment programs. On behalf of BlueCross, Free & Clear administers the Quit for LifeTM program. Free & Clear is an independent company that offers smoking cessation programs. The Quit for Life program is an award-winning, science-based program that gives your employees personalized, professional support every step of the way. This program is effective with all types of tobacco users — cigarette, pipe, cigar and smokeless tobacco.
Quit Coaches who are trained tobacco treatment specialists help your employees prepare to quit. Preparation includes learning what to expect both physically and emotionally, planning for stressful situations and potential triggers, and practicing techniques that will help them quit. The Quit for Life program helps your employees develop a plan to quit their way. The Quit Coach will find out what has worked for them in the past and what hasn't. Then, together, a personalized plan will be created that includes:
When you offer Smoking Cessation to your employees, you'll help them with kicking the habit. Participation is voluntary and confidential.
When they enroll, your employees receive a tool kit featuring a book entitled 7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life, a booklet including tips and relaxation techniques, a tracking log, gum and a stress relief item. They also receive two health-counseling calls for goal setting and follow-up. The program can help your employees:
For more information, please contact your benefits consultant or your BlueCross marketing representative today!