Quit tobacco for a chance to win $5,000

Stop using tobacco for the month of April, and you could win $5,000 from QUITPLAN Services. Join the QuitCash Challenge by signing up here. Participants who remain tobacco free will be entered into a drawing for the $5,000 prize.

Eligibility rules

To be eligible for the prize, you must quit or have quit tobacco on or after Aug. 27, 2015, and remain tobacco free from April 1 to April 30 and as long thereafter as needed for your tobacco-free status to be verified by a urine test. You may not use tobacco products of any kind during this period, but you may use nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum, inhalers, lozenges or prescription medications.

Resources to help you quit

As a City employee, you have many free resources to help you stop using tobacco, and you can even earn points in the employee wellness program for some of them.

Journeys on mymedica.com for 50 points each

My Health Rewards by Medica at mymedica.com has a number of online, interactive journeys devoted to tobacco cessation. You’ll earn 50 points in the employee wellness program for each Journey you complete, and the topics will help you change your health habits with easy, achievable steps. Here are some descriptions from the Journeys that can help you become tobacco-free:

QUITPLAN Helpline program

QUITPLAN Services offers a free complete program to quit smoking.

The helpline program is free for Minnesotans whose health insurance doesn’t include telephone counseling (the City health plan does not include telephone counseling). On your first call, you and your Quit Coach will work together to design a personalized plan for you to quit. Your coach will guide and motivate you through triggers, cravings and managing stress to becoming smoke-free.

To sign up for the QUITPLAN Helpline program, call 1-888-354-7526 or visit quitplan.com.

Free nicotine replacement therapy

QUITPLAN Services also offers a free two-week starter kit with patches, gum or lozenges to Minnesotans who want to try quitting smoking. Sign up for a free starter kit at quitplan.com or 1-888-354-7526. You can order two free starter kits per year.

If you’re on the City’s employee health plan through Medica, you’ll receive these tobacco cessation drugs for free at in-network pharmacies with a prescription from your doctor:

You may use your HRA/VEBA account for these out-of-pocket expenses:

Published Mar 8, 2016

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