The Dangers of Tobacco Use
Everyone knows why they should quit. We're here to help you figure out how! Contact the Sullivan Center to set up an appointment with a counselor in the CUQUIT program who will help you choose the best plan for you to quit using tobacco. We offer a variety of options, from medical to psychological, to help you quit today! Most major insurance companies will cover the cost of nicotine replacement therapy, too. If you're ready to quit, we're ready to help! These services are available to Clemson employees, faculty and staff and covered dependents.
Employees, faculty and staff: The health plans offered by EIP-the State Health Plan, BlueChoice HealthPlan, and CIGNA HMO-are all self insured. All premiums, and employers' contributions, are placed in a fund and used to pay claims and administrative costs. Illnesses caused, and contributed to, by tobacco use cost this fund about $75 million per year. Reducing tobacco use will help cut this expense. Effective January 1, 2010, EIP started charging subscribers who use tobacco, or cover family members who do, an extra $25 per month in health insurance premiums. Prevention Partners offer tobacco-cessation programs specifically designed for subscribers of the State Health Plan, BlueChoice Health Plan and CIGNA HMO.
Students: Click here to contact Redfern Health Center about quitting tobacco today, or call 864-656-0141. Their Health Promotion office can help you with the CUQUIT program. They offer free tobacco cessation counseling for those who wish to quit.
The Sullivan Center also recommends the free online tool--Become an Ex-Smoker. To order a free hard copy of the quit manual, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The free manual covers ways to deal with withdrawal symptoms, information on how to identify and deal with smoking triggers, and other tools to help fight urges to smoke.
South Carolina DHEC sponsors the free Quit for Keeps program, helping South Carolinians quit forever. The SC Tobacco Quitline is open 8AM-3AM, for residents of South Carolina age 13 and older. To learn more about the program, click on the link below, or call the toll free number.