January 29, 2020
Smoking is a habit that 34 million Americans still partake in. Chris Guerrieri, a graphic designer at Independence Blue Cross, had smoked two packs a day for ten years. He felt exhausted, sick, and older than his 33 years. He was tired of using nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine as a crutch, and decided he was ready to change his life for the better.
Chris had tried to quit before — the gum, the patch — but nothing worked. He knew that he had an addictive personality (two packs a day, two pots of coffee a day — sense a pattern?) and that quitting everything cold turkey was the way to go. For him, it was easier to get rid of all his bad habits at once and replace them with more positive habits, so he decided to quit smoking, alcohol, and caffeine.
You probably know many of the reasons why you should quit smoking and perhaps you’ve even tried to quit once or twice. If you weren’t successful the first time around, don’t lose hope. With the right support and a genuine desire to rid your life of tobacco, you can quit for good.
So you’ve made the commitment to quit smoking. Congrats on taking the first step! Now, where to begin? Just S-T-A-R-T and take it day by day.
= Set a quit date.
T = Tell family, friends, and coworkers that you plan to quit.
A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.
No two people are the same, so while one method of quitting may work for your friend, it may not work for you. That’s why IBX supports different approaches to quitting:
• Tobacco cessation reimbursement: As part of the Healthy Lifestyles℠ program, IBX will reimburse you for completing an approved tobacco cessation program.
• 2MorrowQuit app: As part of our personalized Achieve Well-being tools on ibx.com, IBX has partnered with 2MorrowQuit to offer a unique smoking cessation program that teaches you new ways to deal with the urge to smoke. With the help of a free smartphone app, you can create a personalized quit plan with daily exercises that teach you how to handle urges in a mindful way.
• Medication: Prescription medication is a great option for many who use tobacco, and IBX covers several tobacco intervention medications with no cost-sharing*. Make sure to speak to your doctor about whether medication is right for you.
Whatever method you choose, know that with support you can break the habit for good. And once you do, you’ll discover the many benefits of going smoke-free.