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4,000 reasons to quit smoking

Did you know there are more than 4,000 individual chemicals that have been identified in tobacco and tobacco smoke? Among those are more than 60 chemicals that are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). Smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States.* Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are acquired behaviors—activities that individuals choose to do—smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in our society.

Below you will find great resources/programs that are available to you:

  1. Kick the Habit! FREE quit tobacco support program now!
    Quitting cigarette smoking and tobacco use takes desire, determination and support. That’s why UT SELECT has developed a free program that can help members who are ready to take steps toward this major lifestyle change. Read more about this free program available to all UT SELECT members (PDF).

    • Ask A Life Coach to get support and answers to your smoking-related questions
    • Use My Charts to track your progress along the way
    • Save data and view graphs in Wellness Tools for more detailed information about your success

    To Enroll follow the below steps:

    1. Visit http://bcbstx.com/ut/
    2. Log onto Blue Access
    3. Select Personal Health Manager
    4. From there you can go to: Ask A Life Coach, My Charts and/or Wellness Tools
  2. UT SELECT Any smoking cessation prescription drug products including, but not limited to, nicotine gum and nicotine patches, except as may be provided under the Prescription Drug Program. For more information view the UT SELECT Health Plan Guide (PDF), pages 10 and 13.
  3. Use UT FLEX for Smoking Cessation Programs "Medical Expense Reimbursement". More information go to UT FLEX http://www.utflex.com.
  4. Sign up to have someone from the American Cancer Society Quitline® personally contact you. Read more about this FREE program.

  5. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Tools and Resources.

Source: The American Cancer Society

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