Don’t Pay the High Cost; You Can Quit for Good
Smoking is an expensive habit.
In 1970, a smoker paid only about 60 cents for a pack of cigarettes. 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 per pack.
There are other costs, too.
If you are covered by an MCPS medical insurance plan and use tobacco, you 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.
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. You also can avoid the 25 percent smoker surcharge on the total cost of your MCPS-provided health insurance.*
Quitting also may save your life. It will certainly improve your health.
*By enrolling in and completing Quit for Good, MCPS will waive the tobacco-user surcharge for the following calendar year if you finish the program between September and December of any year. If you complete it between January and May, MCPS will waive the surcharge and refund any surcharge you paid during that year.
The Great American Smokeout Is Thursday, Nov. 21
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout 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 other smokers from around the country who will participate in the smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 21. Also, check out these resources and support to help you quit.