Many ex–smokers and nicotine users say quitting was the hardest thing they ever did. “Just quitting” is very difficult. According to the American Cancer Society only 4-7% of smokers are able to quit on their own. WSU supports our employee’s desire to quit smoking.
PEBB Medical Plan Cessation Programs & Medication
Kaiser offers its Breathe tobacco cessation program for its members.
All plans now cover tobacco cessation medications as preventive care! The are covered in FULL! (with a Doctor’s prescription). Check with your Health Plan for detailed information.
Additional help is available for everyone, even those not enrolled on a PEBB Health Plan.
- Washington offers quitting assistance through their Smoke Free Washington program.
- Check with the American Lung Association for assistance nationwide.
- Idaho offers quitting assistance through the Project Filter program.
Tobacco & Nicotine Use Information for All WSU Campuses
- Q & A Session with the American Cancer Society – Their Guide to Quitting Smoking
- Kaiser Interactive Tools – provided by Kaiser Permanente to help you make better health decisions.
Did you know?
When you stop using tobacco, the health benefits start right away and increase over time.*
20 minutes: Heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours: Carbon monoxide in the blood drops to a normal level.
2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation improves and lung function increases.
1 to 9 months: Reduced coughing, shortness of breath, and risk of infection.
1 year: Risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 years: Risk of stroke is reduced.
10 years: Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.
*provided by Group Health Cooperative