Tobacco Cessation Program
The University of South Alabama encourages all employees to adopt healthy lifestyle choices. That effort will benefit you, your family and your fellow employees. The University’s Fringe Benefits Committee recommended, and the University adopted, a tobacco cessation program which is intended to help employees stop using tobacco products. Tobacco use and especially smoking will increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, as well as cancer including: lung, throat, mouth, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, and leukemia. The benefits from stopping the use of tobacco are almost immediate regardless of how long you have been smoking or using tobacco. Employees who declare, on the Tobacco Declaration form, that they and their covered spouse do not use tobacco products; and have not used tobacco products within six months, prior to the date on the form, will qualify for a wellness incentive of $50 per month (one per family). The wellness incentive will be applied to the monthly insurance premium.
USA Health & Dental Plan Members: Call 1-888-768-7848 to obtain information about the Blue Cross Blue Shield - Quit for Life Program. The Program is provided at no cost to employees and covered spouses who want to stop using tobacco products and offers a 24-hour support hotline, customized phone counseling sessions and nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges. USA VIVA Health & Dental Plan Members: Call VIVA Health Customer Service at 1-800-294-7780 to obtain information on the Plan’s smoking cessation program. The program is provided at no cost to employees and covered dependents who want to stop using tobacco products and offers two visits per year with a $0 copay with a PCP or specialist. The pharmacy benefit provides tobacco cessation products for up to 12 weeks without prior authorization for generic Zyban, generic nicotine patch, gum and lozenges; and nicotine inhaler or nasal spray; up to 24 weeks without prior authorization for varenicline tartrate (Chantix), Tamoxifen and raloxifene (generic only).
For additional tobacco cessation resources you may also contact the Employee Assistance Program office at 461-1346.