Options for Staff & Faculty
Getting Help to Quit Smoking Through Your PSU Medical Plan
PEBB Health Plans offer improved tobacco cessation benefits. Faculty and staff with health providers through the Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB) should know that your medical plan offers Free and Clear- a tobacco cessation program- at no cost. If you do not have PEBB, contact your health care provider and discuss the various options available to you.
No matter which medical plan you are enrolled in, if you use tobacco, you have access to a complete support program to help you quit. For more information regarding this program, visit the Free and Clear website.
Prescription Medications to Help you Quit
The Free and Clear benefit also covers medications your provider may prescribe to help you quit -- Buproprion (generic form of Wellbutrin) and Chantix. Kaiser copays are $1 for Buproprion and $5 for Chantix. Providence Choice plans have a $0 copay for Buproprion and a $5 copay for Chantix. The PEBB State wide plan has a $5 copay for either medication.
All PEBB members (employees and their eligible dependents 18 or older) have access to the Free and Clear program. Get in touch with Free and Clear now for personalized, professional support every step of the way. Call toll-free: 1.866.784.8454 or enroll online.
The quit line is available to everyone and offers free help and a personalized quit plan, which includes a quit kit and a counseling session. To get started call the toll free number 877.270.7867. You will be asked a few questions to find out what your needs are so you can get the right help for you. You can also get information sent to you in the mail, a counseling session, or a referral to resources in your community.
"The Asian Smokers Quitline is a free nationwide Asian-language quit smoking service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The Quitline offers self-help materials, referral to local programs, one-one-one telephone counseling to quit smokign and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches."