Tobacco Cessation Treatment
Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and more than 60 are cancer producing. Nicotine, found in tobacco, is an addictive substance that is one of the hardest addictions to break. And for those trying to quit, many encounter withdrawal symptoms, making quitting more difficult.
Tobacco use screening and brief intervention is ranked as one of the #1 preventative services based on health impact, effectiveness and cost effectiveness. For being one of the most effective services, screening and brief intervention is one of the least utilized; only 35% of individuals receive it nationally.
Treatment is available for those that want to quit. Research shows that medication (all 7 FDA approved cessation medications) and counseling (all 3 forms- individual, telephone and group) increase cessation rates in comparison to little or no treatment.
Although a combination of medication and counseling improves quit rates than either method alone, some may not be interested in counseling. Allow individuals to receive medications through benefits without conditions. This may discourage individuals from obtaining the help they want and need. Both treatments are effective at increasing quit rates and both should be available to employees.
There are currently seven FDA approved medications available for individuals to help deal with symptoms of withdrawal.
Estimate the economic impact of a tobacco cessation program in your workplace.
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