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Smoking Cessation

Ask anyone you know. Quitting smoking is tough. There are two different places in the SPD that you may want to know about if you are trying to wean yourself off tobacco products.

In the chart below, you can see that the Health Plan will pay for not one, but two rounds of smoking cessation drugs. The drugs can be over the counter, prescription, or a combination of the two:

(generic medication unless medically inappropriate with a prescription from your physician)
Aspirin: To reduce risk of heart attack or colorectal cancer (one bottle of 100 generic tablets every three months)

Low to moderate dose statin medications for adults at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but without prior cardiovascular events

Vitamin D supplementation in adults age 65 or older who are at risk for falls

Smoking Cessation drugs (both OTC and prescription) for two 90-day treatment regimens annually. Preparation products for colon cancer screening tests for adults over age 50

The SPD also provides a lengthy list of preventive care services which are covered by the Annual Wellness Benefit (up to $500), and you will discover that the Health Plan covers behavioral therapy for smoking cessation as well as screening:

Preventive physical exam, annually
Screenings and Services
Alcohol misuse: screening and behavioral counseling

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (men age 65 to 75 who have smoked)

Blood Pressure

Chlamydia Infection screening for all sexually active non-pregnant young women aged 24 and younger, and for older non-pregnant women who are at increased risk, as part of a well woman visit

Cholesterol screening for adults aged 40 to 75 years

Colorectal cancer using stool-based methods (such as fecal occult blood testing), sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy: beginning at age 50 up to 75

Depression with referral for follow-up (adolescents and adults)

Diabetes Type II (“adult-onset”) ages 40-70 if overweight

Nutrition and diet counseling for those at higher risk for chronic disease

Domestic violence: referral to intervention services if needed

Exercise or physical therapy to prevent falls for people over age 65

Hepatitis B: testing for persons at high risk

Hepatitis C: screening for those at high risk for infection and a one-time testing for anyone born between 1945–1965


Lung cancer: annual low-dose CT in past smokers age 55-80 who currently smoke or those who have quit within the last 15 years

Obesity: weight and BMI: if BMI is 30 or greater, intensive behavioral counseling

Osteoporosis testing: (bone density): women, age 60 and older, based on risk factors

Sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI) prevention counseling for high risk adults

Tobacco use screening and, for users, behavioral and cessation interventions

Skin cancer: adults and adolescents: counseling on how to minimize UV radiation exposure

Syphilis: for at-risk populations

Tuberculosis (TB): for at-risk populations

The bottom line is that the Health Plan provides for behavioral and pharmaceutical resources to help you stop smoking.