Our spotlight this month is on the Smoking Cessation Support Services available to UBC staff, faculty, and their dependants through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and UBC’s Extended Health Benefits.
If yourself or a loved one are thinking about quitting smoking, now is a good time to review some expert tips and tools to help you understand why and when you smoke, intercept your smoking triggers, change how you think and behave, prevent relapse, build social support networks, deal with stress and other obstacles that may challenge your progress.
Check out the following resources to help you take steps to quit smoking.
Smoking Cessation Support Services available through UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell
Smoking Cessation Program
- Clients are led and guided by a certified smoking cessation counsellor
- Help and support available to problem-solve difficult situations
- Sessions completed over the phone and include:
- An initial assessment
- Four counselling sessions
- One booster session
- Two aftercare sessions
- Clients provided with a handbook containing exercises to refine new skills and guidelines to incorporate them into daily routines
Stop Smoking Centre
- An interactive and personalized online program
- Designed with six major milestones to help quit smoking
- Convenient and secure and access is permitted anytime, anywhere
- Online peer support group also available and is moderated by health care professionals
To get started with Shepell’s Smoking Cessation Services, call 1-800-387-4765 or browse through their available services online.
Smoking Cessation Support Services available through UBC’s Extended Health Benefits:
UBC’s Extended Health Plan provides reimbursement for smoking cessation products requiring a prescription as well as over-the-counter products, with a prescription. If you’re enrolled in UBC’s Extended Benefits plan, you can access up to $300 per year per person for smoking cessation drugs.
The Plan also provides coverage for naturopathic services that can include anti-smoking treatments administered by a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND).
To find out more information, refer to the information outlined by selecting your UBC Employee Group. To find out specific drug coverage information, visit the Sun Life Member Website, call Sun Life at 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212, or review the details in your Sun Life benefits booklet.
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