Some of you are seriously contemplating quitting, but have not made a firm commitment to do as yet. Others may be ready to quit, are thinking about taking some sort of action soon, and are putting together a plan to make it work this time around. Still others may have begun to put their plans into action and have begun to quit smoking. There are probably more of you who have already quit and are working hard to stay away from tobacco for good.
No matter where you are in the tobacco cessation stage, you CAN QUIT! And remember, if you don't succeed the first time, try and try again. More than 70% smokers say they want to quit, but only about 5% succeed without help. Quitting tobacco use can be tough, but you increase your chances of success when you get help.
How UC can help
If you want to quit smoking or learn more about the impact of second hand smoke, UC's EAP (Impact Solutions) provides free education self-help materials.
Call Impact Solutions today at 1-800-227-6007 or visit their website at www.myimpactsolutions.com (password:bearcats)
Over the Counter Items
Nicotene gum and patches may be eligible for reimbursement under the Health Care Flexible Spending Account.
A physician's prescription is required for FSA reimbursements for OTC medications purchased after January 1, 2011. Please access Chard-Snyder's website for a complete list of eligible expenses.
Local and national resources and guides
- Smokefree.gov (A website to help you quit smoking)
- Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services informational booklet on ways you can quit)
- Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight Against Tobacco (Guide specifically for African American tobacco users)
- FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products (Article that describes FDA approved products that help you quit smoking)
- Quit Tobacco - Make Everyone Proud (A Department of Defense website for military members and their families)
- Quit Tips (5 tips to help you quit from the CDC)
- Tobacco Cessation - You Can Quit Smoking Now! (The most up to date information to help you quit from the Surgeon General's website)
- You Can Quit Smoking (A consumer guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help you become tobacco free)
- Guide to Quitting Smoking (From the American Cancer Society)
- Quitting Smoking: Why to Quit and How to Get Help (American Lung Association website)