Make a Change: Top 5 Tips for Quitting Smoking
January 27, 2020
In addition to the health consequences of smoking, tobacco usage means that you are paying more for your health care. Similar to many medical plans, the SmartHealth medical plans have a tobacco surcharge, which is an increase in your medical premiums based on the use of tobacco products by you or a covered family member.
Now is the time to make a change, and we are here to help you! Follow these tips for quitting smoking:
1. Find Your Reason
When you decide to quit smoking, it’s good to establish a reason why you’re making this choice. Most people quit because they want to be healthier and avoid being at risk for cancer. Some people quit because they don’t want to expose their loved ones to 2nd hand smoke. Whatever your reason is, you should think of it the next time you’re tempted to smoke. Remind yourself why this decision is so important to you.
2. Throw Away Temptation
Get rid of all the temptation that could cause you to relapse. Throw away your cigarettes, ashtrays, and anything else that will tempt you to smoke. Be sure to wash your clothes and clean your home so you get rid of the smoke smell. These are all ways you can make quitting smoking an easier transition.
3. Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
Quitting smoking is another step towards adopting a healthier lifestyle. Now that you have made the choice to be healthier, you can also start incorporating better diet and exercise practices into your daily routine. Eating fruits and veggies is a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs to thrive. Exercise can help keep your mind off of smoking and bring you a little closer to your goals.
4. Ask Your Loved Ones for Help
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. You should tell your loved ones about your decision to quit smoking. This will make you accountable for your decision, and they can help you stick to it. If you have the urge to smoke, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call your loved ones for encouragement.
5. Give Yourself a Reward
You can use positive reinforcement to keep yourself from smoking. Each day that you go without a cigarette, you could choose a small reward to give yourself. These rewards can include buying a new book, magazine or other small gifts. You can also put all the money you used to spend on cigarettes into a jar and save it for an even bigger reward.
You don’t need to quit smoking alone, the SmartHealth well-being program includes a tobacco cessation program that is offered free of charge to all associates and covered dependents. The program includes four (4) telephone coaching sessions for removal of the tobacco surcharge, plus as many additional coaching sessions as you wish for long-term support. Coaching sessions typically occur monthly to allow time to put healthy practices into action. Schedule your first coaching session early to take full advantage of the program!
To enroll in the tobacco cessation program, first go to https://join.virginpulse.com/smarthealthwellbeing to create your Virgin Pulse account. From there, you can schedule a tobacco cessation coaching appointment online or through the Virgin Pulse app. You can also call Member Services at 1-888-321-4326 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, for any scheduling needs.