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 you or a loved one are thinking about quitting smoking, there are some expert tips and tools available 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.
Led by a certified smoking cessation counsellor, Shepell’s program guides clients through a series of phone sessions that aim to help you navigate and problem-solve difficult situations. You also receive a handbook containing exercises and strategies for incorporating your new skills into your daily routines.
The program includes:
- An initial assessment
- Four counselling sessions
- One booster session
- Two aftercare sessions
This interactive and personalized online program offers convenience, security and access anytime, anywhere. Key components of the program include:
- Achieving six major milestones to help quit smoking
- Connecting with an online peer support group that is moderated by health care professionals
To learn more about Shepell’s Smoking Cessation Services, call 1-800-387-4765 or browse their online services.
UBC’s Extended Health Benefits plan provides reimbursement for smoking cessation products that require 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).
For more details, refer to the information outlined by your UBC Employee Group. For 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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