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Resources for Smokers Who Want to Quit

 

Resources for Smokers Who Want to Quit:  Quick Reference for Physicians Who are Not Crozer-Keystone Employees and Their Staff  

Crozer-Keystone Health System recognizes that smoking is an addictive behavior and quitting can be difficult.  In conjunction with the July 4, 2008 implementation of the Crozer-Keystone  smoke-free policy, all smokers are encouraged to take advantage of resources that are available to help you to “kick the habit” – and many of them are FREE!  Talk to your physician for additional recommendations.  Take on the challenge as a family – encourage your spouse or children who smoke to quit, too!

Research shows that many smokers take advantage of more than one of these types of resources in order to successfully stop smoking.   Although some smokers are able to quit the first time they try to stop, others need to try several times.  Don’t give up!

Additional Info

Additional information was mailed to all Crozer-Keystone employees’ homes. If you are an active Crozer-Keystone employee who did not receive the information, contact Crozer-Keystone Employee Benefit Services at 19-6380 (610-595-6380).

Group Smoking Cessation Programs

  • Clear the Air,” a five-week group program sponsored by Crozer-Keystone Community Health Education, is offered at each hospital. In addition, six-week "Breathe Free" support groups are offered at CKHS hospitals. For more information and to register, call Community Health Education at 15-6009 (610-447-6009).
  • Check www.tobaccofreedelco.com for a complete list of group smoking cessation classes that will be held county-wide. Just click on “Providers/Services” and then “Quit Smoking.”
  • Call your local hospital, if you don’t live in the immediate area.  Most hospitals offer FREE smoking cessation programs for the community that they serve.

Find a Support Group or “Quit Partner”

Any change is easier if you have someone to support you through it!  In addition to the support of your physician or one or more web sites, why not partner with your spouse, your best friend, a co-worker, or a neighbor to stop smoking?  In addition to the moral support, there will be two people to share the excitement of success! 

FREE Quit Smoking Web Sites/Telephone Support

If you’re interested in self-help on the web or on the telephone, there are lots of options for you whether it’s the first time you tried to quit or you’ve tried several times before.  No two smokers are alike.  Find a resource that helps you to identify why you smoke, and which people, places, and things trigger your unique urge to light up.  Here are a few options:

Over-the-Counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Some smokers find that medications help them to quit for good. If you or an eligible family member smokes, talk to your physician about smoking deterrent medications. Be sure to discuss the benefits and any risks. Prescription smoking deterrent medications are typically not covered under most prescription drug plans. Over-the counter medications that are available include patches, lozenges, and gum.

  • You may purchase certain over-the-counter NRT at Crozer-Keystone’s cost in the Crozer-Keystone Employee Pharmacy located on the ground floor of Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
    • The Crozer-Keystone Employee Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
    • Non-employees may purchase over-the-counter items only.  To ensure that you purchase the correct strength of Nicoderm, we encourage you to bring a prescription from your physician.
  • Current Employee Pharmacy prices for over-the-counter medications are as follows: 

Product

Price

Nicoderm CQ Nicotine Patch, 21 mg.

$42 (14-day supply)

Nicoderm CQ Nicotine Patch, 14 mg.

$42(14-day supply)

Nicoderm CQ Nicotine Patch, 7 mg.

$42 (14-day supply)

Commit Lozenges, 2 mg. or 4 mg.

$34 for 72 lozenges

Nicorett Gum, 2 mg.

$25.75 (40 pieces)

Nicorett Gum, 2 mg

$40 (110 pieces)

Nicorett Gum, 4 mg.

$25.75 (40 pieces)

Nicorett Gum, 4 mg.

$44.75 (110 pieces)

Stop Smoking

Take advantage of what ever quit support works for you while using these medications (a group program, web site, telephone support, smoking cessation products etc.). Research indicates that the highest smoke stopping success rates are achieved by a combination of a group smoking cessation program and medication. 

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