UT Southwestern offers employees help to quit tobacco habit
UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics are now tobacco-free, and on July 1 the tobacco ban will extend to the entire campus. If you’re a tobacco user, you’re not in this alone. Here is a list of resources to help you kick the tobacco habit.
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is partnering with UT System institutions to provide a tobacco cessation program option for all employees, retirees and dependents.
The Tobacco Cessation Benefits program provides up to eight weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) — such as the patch, gum or lozenges — in conjunction with free telephone Quitline counseling. To access the Quitline (1-877-YES-QUIT), identify yourself as a UT System employee, retiree or dependent. The free NRT is available through December 2011, but Quitline counseling services will be available beyond that date.
UT Select Insurance members have access to the Living Well Health Manager Smoking Cessation Lifestyle Improvement program, which offers practical tips and information for planning and succeeding in ending the smoking habit. The program includes journaling activities to help identify personal obstacles, plan ways to overcome them and record successes.
UT Select also offers a cessation program, with tools that include answers to your smoking-related questions, charts to track your progress, and wellness tools for more detailed information about your success.
- 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.
- UT Flex accounts may be used for smoking cessation programs
- Department of Health and Human Services has tools and resources available online.
- American Cancer Society offers tools online.
Links to the smoking cessation resources listed are attached to Dr. Podolsky’s “Tobacco-Free Campus Announcement,” of Feb. 14, which can be found on the homepage of “My UTSouthwestern,” under the Looking Forward tab.
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