Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Nearly 40 million US adults still smoke cigarettes, and about 4.7 million middle and high school students use at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes according to the CDC. Despite the research proving the harmful effects of tobacco nearly 36.5 million Americans currently smoke. Why? Because it’s addictive and quitting is hard.
But there are helpful tools and resources offered to keep you on track and motivated along your journey. GlobalHealth members who are addicted to nicotine can receive support through a tobacco cessation program at no cost.
Members age 18 or older are eligible for help with quitting tobacco use. Tobacco use is defined as:
- Using any tobacco product other than for religious or ceremonial use; and
- Using on average, four or more times per week within the past six months.
Tobacco products include:
- Candy-like products that contain tobacco
- Smokeless tobacco
- Smoking tobacco
Tobacco use is one of the most preventable causes of death and disease in the U.S. Our tobacco cessation goals are to reduce the number of members who use tobacco products, increase awareness of tobacco cessation programs and improve the overall health of members.
Steps to quit
- Find your motivation.
- Call your PCP, BHP, or the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for support and to set up your quit plan.
- Talk with your doctor about medications to help you quit.
- Set a quit date within the next two weeks.
- Make small changes. For example, throw away ashtrays in your home, car, and office so you aren’t tempted to smoke.
- Make your home and car smoke-free.
- If you have friends who smoke, ask them not to smoke around you.
- Plan for how you will handle challenges like cravings. The most important thing to remember is to keep trying.
Studies show that the most effective way to stop smoking involves counseling, social support and the use of cessation medication. Counseling and drugs both work for treating tobacco dependence. Using them together works better than using either alone. We cover two tobacco cessation attempts per year. One attempt is considered four tobacco cessation counseling sessions and FDA-approved tobacco cessation drugs (including both prescription and over-the-counter). You do not need preauthorization. You may pay the total cost for non-covered treatment or drugs.
You may attend individual, group, or telephone counseling sessions for at least 10 minutes each through your PCP or behavioral health provider. You may also call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). You will talk to a trained cessation expert. He or she will tailor a plan for you.
Smoking cessation products are limited to two full 90-day courses of any FDA-approved tobacco cessation products per year. Your PCP or behavioral health provider will write a prescription. This benefit is available to members who are at least 18 years old. The covered drugs are listed in the Drug Formulary and include bupropion SR 150 mg (generic for Zyban®). Chantix™ (varenicline), Nicotrol® Inhaler (nicotine), and Nicotrol® Nasal Spray (nicotine).
We also cover FDA-approved over-the-counter products with a prescription written by your physician including gum, inhalers, lozenges, nasal sprays and nicotine patches. Your Drug Formulary will tell you if the product is part of preventive services at no cost.
Not all products that may be used for tobacco cessation are included. For example, we do not cover electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vaporizers.
Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is a state trust devoted to preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. TSET funds the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline Services.
Members may sign up for a comprehensive package of services, a private online community where you can access helpful digital tools, develop your own quit plan and track your progress, and individual services with a customized plan that fits your needs.
CLICKOTINE® (State and Education, Federal, and Group members only)
With CLICKOTINE® you have access to live coaching, a clinical call center and quitting aids, including nicotine replacement therapy. CLICKOTINE® empowers individuals to take control of their own health and behaviors providing a personalized platform for overcoming nicotine addiction. Click here for more information.
For technical assistance please call 877-352-5425
If you would like to self-refer for a tobacco cessation program, please fill out the form below: