About 15 of every 100 U.S. adults currently smoke. That’s an estimated 37.8 million Americans despite the research proving the harmful effects of tobacco. Why? Because it’s addictive. Because quitting is hard. Because you haven’t found the right time, program or reason.
But we’re here to help by providing tools and resources to keep you motivated along the way. As a member of the Service Benefit Plan, you can get free tobacco cessation drugs, tools and resources to help you quit for good. This program also covers nicotine dependence from e-cigarettes.
Here’s how to participate*:
- Set a goal to quit tobacco with the Online Health Coach by selecting a quit date within the benefit year and completing all seven quit plan questions.
- When these steps are complete, get a prescription from your doctor for your eligible tobacco cessation drugs, including over-the-counter (OTC) products (see the list below).
- Pick up your free medication at a Preferred retail pharmacy. Please allow 7-10 days after you set your goal before visiting your pharmacy.
The following prescription drugs are covered through this program when you use a Preferred retail pharmacy:
- Bupropion ER 150 mg tablet
- Bupropion SR 150 mg tablet
Brand Name Drugs
- Chantix 0.5 mg tablet
- Chantix 1 mg continuing monthly pack
- Chantix 1 mg tablet
- Chantix starting monthly pack
- Nicotrol cartridge inhaler
- Nicotrol NS Spray 10 mg/ml
Over-the-Counter Products, such as
- Nicorette Gum
- NicoDerm CQ Patch
- Commit Lozenges
To receive benefits for over-the-counter smoking and tobacco cessation drugs, you must have a physician’s prescription for each OTC drug, which must be filled at a Preferred retail pharmacy.
Regular prescription drug benefits will apply to smoking and tobacco cessation drugs not meeting these criteria.
Remember: You’re never too old to quit smoking or using tobacco
When you quit, you can look forward to these health benefits:
3 days: nicotine has left your body
1 year: risk of coronary heart disease cuts in half
2-5 years: risk of mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder cancer cuts in half; risk of stroke reduces to that of a non-tobacco user
10 years: half as likely to die from lung cancer; risk of kidney or pancreatic cancer decreases
15 years: risk of coronary heart disease drops to a non-tobacco user's
*You must meet age requirements for prescribed tobacco cessation drugs to receive this benefit.