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.
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:
- Make your date to quit.
You can quit; just take it one small step at a time. In this journey, you’ll set a date. Then you’ll start practicing what it’s like to be smoke-free by starting to say goodbye to those triggers. It’s all about being ready when your quit date comes. This journey is designed for cigarette smokers but will be useful for any tobacco user.
- Not ready to quit.
Not ready to quit? Not a problem. This journey is about getting to know the routines, motivations and triggers in your life that lead to a smoke. Step back and see your smoking from a new angle, on your terms and your timeline.
- Ready, set, stop smoking.
You can quit smoking once and for all by practicing one small, doable – even fun – step at a time. First, set your quit date (or get credit for already having one). Then start prepping your mind, body and environment. When your quit date arrives, you’ll be ready to stop. This journey is designed for smokers ready to quit in the next few weeks or months, but there’s lots of support for any tobacco user who wants to quit.
- Stay on track, stay quit.
Even the most devoted quitters face temptation. Practice these easy ways to build the new life you want and the habits you need to stay quit for good.
QUITPLAN Helpline program
QUITPLAN Services offers a free complete program to quit smoking.
- Coaching calls: Five one-on-one sessions with a “Quit Coach” to help you use proven quitting strategies.
- Text messaging: Daily tips, games and reminders sent right to your mobile phone.
- Nicotine patches, gum or lozenges: Four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges.
- Email support: Personalized emails about your quit date, milestones, helpful tips, advice and encouragement.
- Welcome kit: A printed guide to help you start building your quitting plan.
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:
- Zyban: six prescription fills per year.
- Chantix: one starter pack per year with a limit of six prescription fills per year.
- Nicotine lozenges: six prescription fills per year.
You may use your HRA/VEBA account for these out-of-pocket expenses:
- Nicotine replacement therapy with a prescription.
- Smoking cessation programs or counseling.
Published Mar 8, 2016