Great American Smokeout is opportunity to take advantage of free resources to help you quit smoking

Set for Nov. 21, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to use that day to make a plan to stop using tobacco. Research shows that smokers who pick a quit date in the next 30 days and stick to it are more likely to quit for good.

With the Great American Smokeout just days away, the City’s Employee Wellness Committee reminds their smoking coworkers that there are many free resources available to help them kick the tobacco habit.

Resources to help you quit

City employees and their family members covered by Medica can take advantage of Medica’s tobacco cessation program at no charge. Tobacco Cessation program participants can choose the level of support they want and receive:

To learn more, call Medica at 1-800-934-4824. Medica members can also enroll online.

If you opt to begin Medica’s tobacco cessation program in 2014 and complete the program by Aug. 31, 2014, you can earn 100 points in Medica’s My Health Rewards program. (Medica’s My Health Rewards program offers wellness activity options that enable participants to qualify for a reduced contribution rate on their health insurance premium.)

Health benefits of quitting

Besides saving you money, quitting smoking will give you and your family a healthier future. Health benefits of quitting include:

 

Published Nov. 13, 2013