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4,000 reasons to quit smoking

A healthy lifestyle is the key to continued well-being. Changing your lifestyle for the better takes time and real effort. But, with the help of this program, you can do it. And it’s worth it: Quitting tobacco can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke and improve your self-esteem.

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 list of great resources/programs that are available to you. Don't do this alone, experts can help you kick this habit!

  1. Living Well Health Manager powered by WebMD: The Smoking Cessation Lifestyle Improvement Program.
    Learn more about making better choices for a healthier future. The readings and planners provide practical information and useful tips and tools for improving your health and well-being.

    To Enroll follow the below steps:

    1. Visit https://webmdhealth.com/ut
    2. Log onto Living Well Health Manager powered by WebMD
    3. Click on "Living Healthly" frm the top banner
    4. Select "Smoking Cessation Program" from the drop down menu

  2. American Cancer Society Quitline.
    Quitting smoking isn’t easy but it is a fight you can win. By using at least one of the ways listed below for your quit attempt, you can double your chances of being successful. By using more than one of the ideas listed below, you double your chances of staying quit for good!
    • Self help materials.  Self help materials are available to help you quit smoking, no matter where you are in the process.  These materials can help you learn how to prepare for your quit attempt, develop strategies to help with cravings, and prevent relapse once you have quit. The self-help materials offer proven methods that are easy to follow and can keep your motivation high.
    • Support programs.  Support programs can be in a variety of forms – group smoking cessation programs, telephone counseling programs, or support groups. To learn about the options available in your community, contact the American Cancer Society 1-(800) QUIT-NOW or www.cancer.org.
    • Telephone counseling.  Telephone counseling is a proven, confidential, counseling program completed by telephone that will support and help you stay focused on your reasons for quitting.
    • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).  Nicotine replacement therapy can relieve many of the nicotine withdrawal symptoms that occur when a person stops smoking. NRT can double a person’s chance of successfully quitting. Talk to your doctor about a strategy that might work for you.

      To learn about the FREE options available in your community, contact the American Cancer Society 1-800-QUIT-NOW, 1-800-784-8669 or www.cancer.org

  3. Kick the Habit! FREE UT SELECT Quit Tabacco 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

    Suplemental Programs:

  1. UT SELECT offers coverage for 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 9 and 12.
  2. Use UT FLEX for Smoking Cessation Programs "Medical Expense Reimbursement". More information go to UT FLEX http://www.utflex.com.
  3. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Tools and Resources.

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