Don’t Pay the High Cost: You Can Quit for Good
Smoking is an expensive habit.
In 1970, a smoker paid about 60 cents for a pack. A decade later, the cost was up to $1 per pack. Today, it’s a different story. In Maryland, a smoker will pay as much as $7.75 for a pack of cigarettes.
There are other costs, too.
If you are covered by one of the MCPS medical insurance plans and use tobacco, starting in January, you will pay a 25 percent surcharge on the total cost of your health insurance.
And that’s just the financial part. The cost to your health can be staggering.
Quitting will improve your health. It may even save your life. It can definitely save you money. And, by enrolling in and completing the Quit for Good program, employees and their spouses can avoid paying the 25 percent tobacco-user surcharge to the total cost of their MCPS-provided health insurance.
Isn’t it time you Quit for Good?
Quit for Good is a free eight-week, course-based tobacco cessation program led by a nurse practitioner with assistance from Kaiser Permanente clinicians and health experts. The program is open to all MCPS employees and their spouses, regardless of whether or not they participate in MCPS employee benefits or are enrolled in benefits with Kaiser.
Class discussions cover the skills necessary to successfully live tobacco-free. Topics include risk assessment, stress management techniques, healthy weight management strategies and more. In addition to class meetings, participants receive support through a helpline and peer sponsors who understand what it takes to quit.
The Great American Smokeout Is Thursday, Nov. 16
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance to quit smoking that day. By quitting, smokers will take an important step towards a healthier life, a step that can lead to reducing cancer and other health risks. Consider joining many other smokers from around the country who will participate in the smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 16.