OakFit/Programs/Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco Cessation

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 Did you know?

  • Today 45 million adults in the US are smokers
  • 87% of lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking
  • Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US and is the most preventable

​Today you don't have to become a statistic, you can decide to quit using tobacco.  OakFit is offering a program to help you quit. Eligible employees will receive a $150 subsidy toward the cost of the program. One subsidy per eligible employee, per calendar year.

 Laser Treatment Therapy

First 50 eligible-for-benefits employees to register to pay only $50.

Have you tried to quit using tobacco in the past and been unsuccessful?

Alpha Lifestyle Center of Birmingham offers low-level laser programs to help individuals overcome nicotine addiction in ANY form (Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, patches, gum, inhalers, e-cigarettes). The program pairs principles of ancient acupuncture with modern laser technology to offer customers a unique, alternative and comprehensive approach to lifestyle improvements without pain, needles, drugs or side effects. Laser treatments consist of stimulation of 33 areas on the ears, face, hands and wrist, each for a total of 30 seconds. The total appointment time is one hour.  Laser therapy is completely painless. There are no needles involved. Laser is a concentrated form of light energy.  Stimulation occurs over various points on the body with the laser, many of which are traditional acupuncture points.

Cost:  $295 - $150 subsidy to the first 200 eligible employees registered per calendar year. Employee pays $145. (Part time non-eligible employees, retirees and spouses/dependents are not eligible for the subsidy). Price includes the weight control add-on ($75 value) or FREE supplements ($50 value).
 
NOTE: Tobacco Cessation programs are reimbursable through your Health Care Reimbursement Account. (A letter of medical necessity is NOT required when submitting your receipt to WageWorks.)
 
To learn more about laser treatments, visit their website at http://www.alphalaserinfo.com/services/smoking-cessation/
 
To schedule an appointment with Alpha Lifestyle Center in Birmingham, please call (888) 712-8882.
 
Further questions can be directed to Dawn Hunt at (248) 858-5473 or huntd@oakgov.com.

 Prescription Coverage

​Changes Made to Oakland County's Prescription Coverage for Tobacco Cessation    
Smoking Cessation Agents
Last Updated **December, 2015

  • Buproban SR Tab (Zyban equiv)
  • Chantix Pax
  • Chantix Tab
  • Nicotine Gum (Nicorette Equiv) *OTC
  • Nicotine Lozenge (Commit equiv) *OTC
  • Nicotine Patch (Nicoderm equiv) *OTC
  • Nicotrol Inhaler
  • Nicotrol Nasal Spray
There are no co-pays for the tobacco medications listed at this time. Over the counter (OTC) medications require a physician's prescription. These medications are limited to 180 days per plan year. It should also be noted that the addition to or removal from the Oakland County formulary of smoking cessation medications will be administered per the recommendations of Navitus Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

 Additional Resources

​​Michigan Tobacco Quitline
This quit line offers free and personalized tobacco cessation counseling and a free, two month supply of nicotine replacement therapy for those who qualify. Call the QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-480-7848.

quitSTART App is a free app made for teens who want to quit smoking, but adults can use it too. This app takes the information you provide about your smoking history and gives you tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges to help you become smokefree and live a healthier life.

quitSTART App  helps you:
Get ready to quit with tips and information to prepare you for becoming smokefree
•    Monitor your progress and earn badges for smokefree milestones and other achievements
•    Get back on track if you slip and smoke
•    Manage cravings and bad moods in healthy ways
•    Distract yourself from cravings with games and challenges
•    Store helpful tips, inspirations, and challenges in your Quit Kit
•    Share your progress and favorite tips through social media

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Launches BeTobaccoFree.gov
The new website, www.BeTobaccoFree.gov, brings together the best information HHS has on the health effects of tobacco, quitting smoking, and more.

Stay Away from Tobacco - American Cancer Society
Quit Smoking - American Heart Association
American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking Program
Freedom From Smoking (offered to HAP employees)  

 Employee Testimonials

"I was a smoker for the better part of 40 years when I heard of Laser Therapy to quit. Honestly, I was very skeptical as to whether it would work. I had tried the gums, the patches, cold turkey and Chantix - all with no success. I heard about Alpha Lifestyle centers through work, and the incentive program made it more affordable. Kelly at Lifestyle made it very simple and she was encouraging through the whole process. I've now been smoke free for one year and 8 months. It's the best $150 I've ever spent!" -Mike Tower, WRC Employee

"I was a cigarette smoker for 44 years, starting at the age of 14, and was never able to quit, despite trying several times over the years. My issue was a strong nicotine addiction and I always enjoyed smoking. I finally got tired of being a slave to the product and having to buy a carton every ten days, no matter what. I decided to try quitting one more time, using three methods together. I did the tapering off over a three week period ( getting down to just a couple of cigarettes a day), using the Chantix prescription drug that eliminates the craving, and then getting the laser treatment on my quit day. I’ve gone eleven weeks without smoking and am over the physical addiction. I never thought I could do it, but some combination of  being ready to quit and the help methods offered by OakFit did the trick. I enjoy now a cleaner house, a cleaner car, and not spending $200 a month on tobacco." -WRC Employee

"I had smoked for over 40 years and enjoyed every second of smoking.  In other words… I loved to smoke.  With that being said, I knew that I needed to quit for three reasons: 1) it is perhaps the worst thing that an individual can self-impose upon themselves for maintaining good health; 2) I watched myself age prematurely due to smoking; 3) smoking was becoming a very expensive habit.  The County Wellness Program began to offer the laser therapy and I was more than skeptical.  As a matter of fact, I scoffed at the idea that some hocus pocus laser would rid me of my beloved habit.  Since the County would pay $100 toward this therapy I grudgingly decided to give it a try.  My appointment was on December 17, 2012 and I have not smoked since that date.  I can’t explain it, still think it is kind of crazy, but I am now smoke free with no desire to return to my old friends (cigarettes)." -Julie Secontine, Risk Manager