Tom Harte: Hi! I am Tom Harte, Board Member of the National Association of Health Underwriters and President of Landmark Benefits. Today I am discussing the benefits of Smoking Cessation Wellness Programs. Quitting smoking is not easy. It requires behavioral and lifestyle changes that takes self-discipline and determination. Smoking Cessation programs offered by your employer or your health insurance plan can make it a lot easier. Your doctors can be very influential in helping you to stop smoking. And an office visit is the first place to start. You doctor can encourage you, counsel you about strategies and recommend pharmaceutical aids. If you do not have a regular practitioner, your health plan provider can recommend a physician who has a proven track record of success. Most plans offer individual, group and telephone counseling. The effectiveness of counseling treatment increases with the intensity, so multiple types of counseling ensures access to many different types of intervention. Medication therapy is another important option for smoking cessation treatment. Studies have shown that nicotine replacement therapy along with the program that helps to change your behavior can double your chances of quitting and staying quit. Half of the current smoking cessation plans achieve 50% or better success rates with nearly 20% of the plans achieving 75% or above. Tools and resources for smoking cessation programs can be found on websites and newsletters. A quick kit generally includes a letter, advising you of ways to stop smoking, a guide to stop smoking, worksheets to monitor your progress, and other helpful tools.
The financial consequences of lighting up go far beyond the cost of a pack of cigarettes, smokers pay more for insurance, they lose money on the resale value of their cars and homes and they spend extra on dry cleaning and teeth cleaning. A forty year old too quits and puts his savings into a 41K. You can save almost $250,000 by age 70. The less style of choices we make, are within our control, and it is time for us to make a difference in our lives and the lives of our community.