Campus News

September 19, 2011

Take Note

Tobacco cessation programs now offered free

As Emory transitions to a tobacco-free campus next year, Emory-sponsored tobacco cessation programs will be offered free of charge to both University and Healthcare employees and their spouses/same sex domestic partners (SSDPs) through 2012.  Programs once offered on a partial reimbursement basis will now be offered at no cost to encourage those who want to quit smoking to get the help they need. 

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, the University will implement a $50 per person monthly surcharge on medical contributions for faculty and staff and their covered spouses/SSDPs who use tobacco products (Emory Healthcare implemented a similar surcharge last year). Current tobacco users can avoid the surcharge if they enroll in one of the Emory-approved tobacco cessation programs:

Freedom from Smoking: This American Lung Association program is an eight-week series that provides a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking in a supportive environment with others who are experiencing the same feelings and challenges. Classes are offered several times throughout the year.

Quit for Life Free and Clear: This personalized 12-month program includes scheduled telephonic counseling sessions, an eight-week supply of (NRT) Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch or gum) and unlimited web support.

Get Quit Plan: Participants are eligible for this free online support, offered by Pfizer, with their prescription for Chantix.

Tier Zero Tobacco Cessation Drugs: Emory offers tobacco cessation prescriptions as Tier Zero, covered at 100 percent to those on an Emory medical plan. The following medications are included: Nicotrol NS, Nicotrol Inhaler, Zyban and Chantix.

See a comparison of each of these tobacco cessation programs and information on how to enroll (pdf).

For more information:

Contact the Faculty Staff Assistance Program.

• View the tobacco surcharge frequently asked questions (pdf).

• Visit the Tobacco-Free Emory website.

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